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‘Gotham’ delves into ‘Batman’ backstory

ROSS CASTALDO ’DOAH STAFF WRITER

If you are a fan of Batman or DC comics then you must tune in to Fox’s new hit show Gotham on Monday nights. Gotham is a new series developed by Bruno Heller. It is based on characters that have appeared in DC Comics and the Batman movies series.

This new series follows the story of Rookie detective James Gordon, whose pursuit of clean- ing up the streets of Gotham have him fighting against members of the mob as well as corrupt police officers.

Gordon is paired with seem- ingly crooked detective Harvey Bullock; the two go about solving some of Gotham’s more high pro- file crimes including the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne.

While on the case Gor- don forms a friendship with the Wayne’s son Bruce and his Butler and caretaker, Alfred Pennyworth.

The case leads him down a path, which gets him in trouble with Gotham’s most powerful mafia’s that include unscrupulous characters such as Fish Mooney, Don Salvatore Maroni, Carmine Falcone and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka Penguin.

The other interesting thing about this show is that it tells us the origin of some of Batman’s most infamous villains such as previously mentioned Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler.

Ben McKenzie stars as Detective Gordon and plays him with an inspiring heroic charisma that cannot be paralleled.

The scene stealing Donal Logue plays his partner Harvey Bullock. Logue does a spot on job playing the often drunk, lackadaisi- cal cop while being convincingly serious when the script calls for it.

The two actors to rave most about are Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney and Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin.

Smith does an excellent job of portraying the nightclub owner slash mobster by being able to show her character’s ability to intimidate. What’s fascinating though is that she always maintains an air of nonchalance. She uses this to her advantage when conveying how apathetic she is.

Robin Lord Taylor is the best actor in the show with his ability to master such a sinister part like Penguin. Taylor showcases all the dimensions of Penguin to the last detail. From his trademark waddling walk to the art of deception, Taylor without a doubt was the best choice for the role. If you’re interested in what becomes of Detective Gordon and all of the others tune into Fox Monday nights at 8 p.m. You won’t be sorry.

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