But the plot centres on the rookie detective James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie, the character who would become the Commissioner when
“I promise you, I will find the man who did this,” Gordon promises a shattered, vulnerable
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.
“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 :)”