How the Show Gotham Has Evolved Since Season 1

TVOvermind | 1/15/2019 | Nat Berman
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Gotham is one of a number of DC Comics-inspired shows that have started up in the 2010s. However, it isn’t connected to the other shows but instead stands on its own, which is something that has had both upsides and downsides. With that said, considering that Gotham is called Gotham, it should come as no surprise to learn that its source material is the Batman mythos.

To be exact, Gotham is centered on the character of James Gordon. In most Batman media, James Gordon is the police commissioner of Gotham City, meaning that he is the man responsible for protecting its residents from a ridiculous range of madmen and madwomen as well as a remarkable number of more standard criminals. However, while Gordon is a good cop in both senses of the word, he is hindered by not just the corrupt GCPD but also a number of other factors, which is why he has a close working relationship with Batman. Something that he sometimes has reservations about because of the questionable nature of the superhero’s vigilantism.

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Here in Gotham, James Gordon is much, much younger than his usual depictions, as shown by the fact that he is starting out as a new police officer in the first season rather than the police commissioner. Likewise, other Batman characters have important roles in Gotham as well, though like Gordon, they are also showing up as their younger selves. Out of these, Bruce Wayne is, of course, the most important, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call him a deuteragonist.

How Has Gotham Changed Since Season 1?

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Naturally, Gotham has seen significant changes since Season 1. After all, it isn’t an episodic show. Instead, it is a show with long-running narratives, which have both starts and finishes. However, while some of the changes...
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