Batman prequel 'Gotham' premieres on US TV

Batman prequel 'Gotham' premieres on US TV

The backstory of Batman’s many villains came to life on Monday in a new US television drama series.

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Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is pretty young in "Gotham," and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is a bit more buff than in previous incarnations.
Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is pretty young in "Gotham," and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is a bit more buff than in previous incarnations.
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WASHINGTON - The backstory of Batman’s many villains came to life on Monday in a new US television drama series.

Gotham stars David Mazouz as a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne who sees the cold-blooded murder of his parents on the grim dark backstreets of New York.

But the plot centres on the rookie detective James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie, the character who would become the Commissioner when Wayne grows up to become the Caped Crusader.

“I promise you, I will find the man who did this,” Gordon promises a shattered, vulnerable Wayne at the scene of the crime.

Taking turns sowing evil over the course of the 16-episode series will be Catwoman, who opened the premiere as a fresh-faced punkette in a leather biker jacket, and Penguin, who Gordon pretends to shoot, thus assuring his return.

New to the Batman fable, and never seen in the original DC Comics incarnation, is brutal nightclub boss Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, best known for her work in the Matrix movie franchise.

The new series was created by Bruno Heller, the mastermind behind the CBS police procedural The Mentalist.

Gotham rode the Twitter top-10 trending list throughout its hour-long east-coast telecast, with some of its stars patting each other on the back amid a flurry of positive tweets from hardcore Batman enthusiasts.

“Congratsben—mckenzie you may have a hit on your hands,” tweeted Pinkett Smith at one point during the show.

To which McKenzie replied: “I think we do Jada, I think we do :)”

Everything You Need to Know About Gotham‘s Main Players

 

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