“Gotham” on Fox is the ultimate Batman prequel series

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

The Penguin (played by Robin Lord Taylor) has some serious villain swagger.

Long before Bruce Wayne became Batman, Gotham city’s ultimate defender, he was just a young boy who lost his parents to a criminal’s dastardly act. If you’ve ever wondered what his childhood was like after that tragedy, and what classic villains like Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) were like as teens, then tune in to Fox’s prequel TV series, Gotham, which is now in its second season.

The storyline follows Detective James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie), who will later become Commissioner Gordon, a fierce ally of Batman. See, Batman is a vigilante, meaning he takes the law into his own hands. Even though he acts in the best interest of Gotham and its residents, Batman is technically as much of an outlaw as the crooks he takes down! In Gotham, you learn why Gordon eventually turned to Batman, as he grows frustrated with holding back the rising tide of crime while still following the rules.

Although the series was originally focused on Gordon’s early days in the Gotham City Police force, it has now evolved to include the origin stories of Batman villains like the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange, and Harvey Dent. You get to watch their dark and twisted path to wickedness over the course of the two seasons!

The show started out with Detective Gordon investigating the high-profile deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. He met young Bruce (played by David Mazouz), who is now being raised by his butler, the tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred Pennyworth (played by Sean Pertwee). Gordon soon gets tangled up in gang boss Fish Mooney’s hooks, and he’s quickly challenged physically, mentally… and morally. For those of you still catching up on season 1, I won’t spoil anything, but let’s just say actor Robin Lord Taylor definitely steals the show as the Penguin.

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