TV Crime Thriller of the Week: Gotham

Possibly one of the most anticipated new TV releases this month, Gotham is not one to be missed.

What we know from the title is that it’s a prequel introduction of DC comics’ villain infested town of Gotham, focused around the beginnings of Batman. While the theme would make many Batman fans happy, don’t be put off if you’re not a fan of DC comics or superheroes.

Even though the overarching genre is crime thriller, it does have parallels with the typical superhero storyline, without an actual superhero. Ultimately it’s about someone fighting crime, saving the day and getting the girl (sort of).

The protagonist is James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) from the Gotham City Police Department, who ‘bat-fans’ will recognise, albeit with a higher rank than before.

The series follows Gordon while he and his police force partner, Harvey Bullock, try to solve the many crimes happening in the city. The main case is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, during which Gordon becomes attached to their son, Bruce Wayne, i.e. future Batman.

We’re also expecting to see familiar Batman characters such as The Penguin, and the people who become Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Riddler.

The series, which airs this month in the UK is drawing in the already existent Batman fan base, but not being a massive fan myself, I am still quite intrigued with finding out how the storyline develops.

Gotham airs Monday at 9.00pm on Channel 5