Gotham: Season 4
Out 17 September / cert 15 / 922 mins
At one crime scene, GCPD cop Jim Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) tells bystander edward Nygma (cory Michael Smith) that the prime suspect is a toymaker who moonlights as a hit man, taking out his targets with explosive playthings. Nygma (aka the Riddler) aptly chortles, “that’s so Gotham.” Over successive seasons, this Batman prequel shows christopher Nolan’s Gotham city gradually morphing into tim Burton’s cartoon noirscape. Stand-out reinventions: Robin Lord taylor’s tragic, scary and absurd Penguin; Sean Pertwee’s toughest Alfred ever; camren Bicondova’s pouting street urchin who’ll become catwoman; and amazing turn-things-around arcs for erin Richards and Morena Baccarin, introduced as dull love interests but transformed in this season into wildly entertaining killer harpies.
I think Gotham gets ‘comic book’ in a way other screen adaptations don’t — it’s funny, wicked, gruesome and often demented.