Before Batman, Before The Riddler, Before Poison Ivy, Before The Joker, Before The Penguin. Bruce Wayne is still a child and his parents have just been murdered. Gotham is no ordinary city. Gotham is a mirror of 1970s New York filled with organised crime, riddled with corruption in the wealthiest percentage of the society of Gotham. The police are corrupt. Politicians are corrupt. People with power are corrupt being bribed by the mob. Organisations that people go to for help are in league with mob. Gotham is a sick city that needs a doctor. Gotham needs a cure. It reflects Mafia movies like: Goodfellas and The Godfather but even television shows such HBO’s The Sopranos & Boardwalk Empire. The Mob has Gotham’s elite in their pockets. The cops do their bidding. Harvey Bullock is pretty badass but he’s an awful cop. Whenever he wants to know something he goes to Fish Money (Jada Pinkett Smith) who is also in the mob. Fish Mooney is demanding, short tempered and a renowned sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, with street intelligence and the ability to read people with ease.
Bullock (Donal Logue) is a corrupt cop who works for GCPD (Gotham City Police Department). Corruption is word that is entwined in his DNA. It’s in his bones. There is a scene where Jim is asked to kill Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) by Bullock who was told by Mooney. Cobblepot informed on her so he had to die. Jim (Ben McKenzie) pretends to kill him and makes it look convincing and tells him to leave Gotham and not to come back. So cops are doing hits for the mob. This scene epitomizes the scale of corruption in Gotham.
“This is war, we’re at war with scumbags like him. Sometimes in war you gotta do a bad thing to do good, right? So do you do this bad thing, or do you die and maybe your girl dies?“
Harvey Bullock To Jim Gordon On Killing Cobblepot
Jim Gordon is the DC equivalent of Ned Stark. An honourable man who has nearly been killed by the mob. There is an instance when he and Bullock are strung upside down in a meat factory about to be butcherd like the meat. If Game Of Thrones has taught me anything, honour and loyalty get you killed. Jim is the only man who has any shred of honour in Gotham.We also have Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) as young child with Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) working at GCPD as a forensic scientist and a young Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Carmen Bicondova) starting her thieving days.
Gotham is the origins story of Batman’s most renowned villains but done in the style of a crime drama. At this moment I am impressed.