We've got our first looks at Fox's highly-profiled series, Gotham. The pictures are interesting. In this case "interesting" means "This series could go either way."
The official image of Donal Logue (Terriers) as Detective Harvey Bullock has been released and, admittedly, Logue is a great casting choice for Bullock. Bullock is the type of cop that could be a little dirty from time to time and Logue is just the actor to handle that type of shady character. But, to use this post’s buzzword, the image and the official character description for Bullock is “interesting.”
The official press release for the image reveals that this version of Bullock diverges extravagantly from Bullock in the comics – including all the retcons – and the version of Bullock shown in the legendary Batman: The Animated Series. So what can we expect from Gotham‘s Bullock?
Jim Gordon’s partner and mentor, the rough-around-the-edges Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue – Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Copper) plays loose with police procedure, but gets results — and he does so with old-school, hard-ass panache.
Bullock’s never been Gordon’s partner, least of all mentor. But whatever. A show can play around with established canon and still succeed, but doesn’t this role inversion feel a little…weird?
There’s also an official image of Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, who has been described as a wild child.
A teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable, Selina is a street thief and skilled pickpocket — and she’s dangerous when cornered.
She looks cool. Perhaps her costume is too literally “Catwoman,” since she’s still a teenage girl trying to find her way, but it’s passable.
Perhaps some images of young Bruce Wayne and teen Catwoman in action will sell you on the show if the posters haven’t yet. Some set photos of David Mazouz as Bruce and Bicondova show the two giving life to their characters. There is some level of hope – the two young actors seem really honed into their characters. In fact, they probably should be more of the heartbeat of the show than they actually are; as ScreenCrush says, the show will be an origin story for Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) moreso than little Bruce. Also, the show does realize that as much as they want to play around with canon, they know they can’t get rid of the pivotal moment in the entire Batman series – the deaths of Bruce’s parents.
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