How the TV show Gotham is creating their own universe and why it’s working?
The TV show “Gotham”, on FOX, is currently on its third season and things seem to be going well. If you’re a comic fan you probably know that there are a lot of things in the show that diverge from the Batman universe comic canon. The show is creating their own universe and many viewers seem to be happy with it so far.
An Atemporal City
Though “Gotham” appears to be happening in the past, it was confirmed that is actually atemporal. Old clothes, cars, buildings contrast with moderns phones, computers, laboratories – like the Doctor’s Strange (BD Wong) in Arkham – and hospitals equipments.
Many characters of the show come from the comics, however their origins are changed. An example of it is Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) a.k.a the Tigress. The code-name “Tigress” passed for three different women but it was never Tabitha. The Tigress of “Gotham” doesn’t have any tiger related powers like in the comics and another divergence from the comics, is her brother Theo Galavan (James Frain) who later becomes Azrarel. The vigilante isn’t Theo in the comics however they relate in some things, like both belonging to the Order of St.Dumas.
Another character with a different origin is Firefly, who has not only had its origin changed but also his gender. In the show, Firefly is woman (called by the same name as the male Firefly) Bridgit Pike (Michelle Veintimilla) who’s friends with Selina Kyle.
There are any many other characters with different stories in the comics, like Jarvis Tetch, but if I write about each one it would be a long list. I guess the point is, even with different origins than the comics, it all fits in the plot and brings interesting character development.
“Gotham” introduced many original characters in the show, the most of it as “villain of the week”. Some original characters became really popular between the fans of the show, like Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan).
Fish Mooney was regular character of the show since its first season, she owned a club and her personal assistant was no other than Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). She is a strong woman who became stronger after her resurrection (by Hugo Strange) she was the first person resurrected on the show to remember her past and have her own conscience. She now has a telekinesis power, which is activated by her touch, but every time she uses she is closer to death.
Another very popular ‘oc’ was Jerome Valeska which, I think, is one of my favorites ‘ocs’ ever. I’m no acting expert, but I think it’s pretty notable that Cameron Monaghan did an awesome job with this character. I was a little apprehensive to put Jerome in this topic because there’s a lot of theories that Jerome could actually be The Joker. The similarities are plenty, and since the Joker doesn’t have an official origin, I think Jerome could actually be him. Unfortunately, Jerome ended up dying leaving many fans sad…but he will be back in January!
Edward x Oswald
This is a relationship that only really grows in the third season. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) admires Oswald Cobblepot and tries to learn his secrets as a killer. They create a strong bond after spending some time together and Edward helped Oswald become mayor of Gotham. Cobblepot ended up falling in love with Nygma and this made some fans mad, in my opinion, this relationship makes complete sense with the plot of “Gotham” and, as many other things cited in this article, is a fact that diverge with the comics who increases in the idea of the show creating his own universe. Now we need to know if Ed feels the same!
Selina x Bruce
The relationship between Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) isn’t new for a Batman fan, however, in the show they know each other since they’re both kids and, in the comics, they will only meet years later, when Bruce is beginning his journey as the caped crusader. I love the characterization of this duo on “Gotham”, Selina was the person who brought some light for Bruce after his parents death and she feel’s like Bruce is the first person she can actually trust. The dynamic between the two is amazing and sometimes I forget they have only 16 years old, cause their relationship is so similar to the comics.
Gordon x Bullock/ Dr. Thompkins
Detective Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) work together for years, both in the comic and in the TV show, but this version of Harvey seems to be a little more polite than the comic version of the character and what really goes like the comics is his partnership with Jim. Gordon is the person who keeps Bullock in line and kinda inspires him to become a better cop.
Dr. Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) and Detective Gordon haven’t really ever been lovers in the comics, actually the man that she had a thing in the comics was no other than Alfred Penyworth (Sean Pertwee) – they even made a reference with that, when Alfred flirts with Leslie in a ball – but in “Gotham” Jim and Lee were a couple, a very lovely couple, that I think made a great plot to the show. In this season they aren’t a couple after many things had happened, but is clear to see that they both still have feelings for each other. Only in the elapse of the series we will know if they’re endgame or not.
What I tried to express here is that as much as I love things being the most accurate with the comics as possible, I think that this world that “Gotham” is creating is going pretty great and all the characters fit in the plot. We already had many interpretations of the Batman universe in the media and it is nice to see Gotham City in the view of many loved characters of DC Comics. For me, the most important thing in a comic book show, is that the characters be the true to their selves, that their personalities stay the most accurate with them comic book version and I believe that the show is doing it right. What you think? Are you liking the show so far? I would love to see your opinions in the comments!
Ana Weber covers Entertainment for MFST, you can follow her on Twitter @batsy_catsy
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