In Review: Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight: The Beginning…

The season finale sees the introduction of Batman

Synopsis: Ten years in the future – Bruce returns to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower; when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together a sinister plot targeting the city; a new figure emerges to be the hero Gotham needs.

Review: Everything that this series has been building towards comes to light as we see the introduction of The Batman into the Gotham universe.

The Story

Ten years have passed and a lot of changed since Bruce Wayne left Gotham. Barbara Keen has become a legitimate businesswoman, Selina Kyle is now a bonafide cat burglar, but only goes after high stakes loot. And Penguin and Riddler have been serving time in Blackgate and Arkham respectively.

To some extent. Gotham seems to have been pretty stable since Bruce Wayne left. The rebuilt Wayne Towers is only one part of a bigger development to rebuild the city, but a huge spanner is about to be thrown into the works thanks to the return of Jeremiah Valeska, who has timed his resurrection with the return of Bruce Wayne who is mostly absent from the episode due to the arrival of The Batman.

The Acting

All the performances in this series finale are pretty much on the money. But the standout performances come from Cameron Monaghan as Jeremiah as well as Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith as Penguin and the riddler.

Lili Simmons also proves to be fairly convincing as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and has such a similar look to Camren Bicondova that you would be forgiven for thinking that she was the slightly older sister of the younger actress. Simmons very easily picks up from where Bicondova left off.

Overall

This is a fairly satisfying conclusion to the Gotham series, but I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t given a little more time than the 43 minutes that we got. Nonetheless, we do get to see Batman in action as he begins to help out Jim Gordon and the Gotham PD and also tails Catwoman.

The episode concludes with the iconic scenario of Batman standing atop of hight rise watching over his city.

It’s to bad that Jeremiah is not allowed to fully commit to the new Joker persona by introducing himself as The Joker, but we knew that just would not happen due to the stupid situation that Warner Bros and DC have with regard to separating the various rights of use for certain characters between TV and Movie franchises.

Overall. A fun conclusion to the series, which gives us a really long origin story of how the relationship formed between Gordon and Bruce Wayne and then the Batman.

9.7
Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight: The Beginning...
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.4

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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