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I’ll admit I was skeptic about the new show Gotham, based in the world of Batman before Batman. It sounded like they were taking two many departures from the source material and it was going to end up being a cheesy, missed-opportunity of a show. The show premiered last night on Fox, and was surprisingly very good. It successfully establishes the world of Gotham while also being a promising start for what’s to come.

If you’re looking for a TV show based around Batman, keep looking. Instead this series follows James Gordon, who is a detective for the GCPD. He and his partner, Harvey Bullock, investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents while also encountering familiar as well as some new villains. The introduction of so many villains in so little time does seem rushed, but it’s also cool to see all of them and what they’re like before they’re actually villains.

The acting, especially by the two leads, is terrific in this. Ben McKenzie, who plays Detective James Gordon, carries the show swiftly on his shoulders throughout and is able to do so and more. His partner, Harvey Bullock, who is portrayed by Donal Logue, also does a great job with his character and showing how corrupt this city has truly become. I won’t spoil much, but he does have ties to the mob that could continually effect the story.

The supporting cast is great in their roles, albeit they are very small roles and some are even only minor cameos. David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne, does an excellent job and shines in the three scenes that he appears in. While a smaller role, Camren Bicondova also does a great job as Catwoman, although the way of introducing her is a bit odd. Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot(AKA The Penguin), has a prominent role in this. I doubt he’ll appear this much in every episode, but if he does, I’d be fine with it.

While Gotham can’t entirely be considered a Batman show, it still is an exhilarating and fast-paced show that both loyal fans and new viewers will enjoy watching. If this really is a preview for what’s to come, I can’t wait for the rest of it. All of my initial skepticism is gone and I am really curious to see what come’s next.