GOTHAM: SEA­SON 4

OUT NOW / RATED MA15+ / 922 MINS

Empire (Australasia) - - HOME SCREEN -

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. KIM NEW­MAN

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