• Gotham Awash in Darkness and Gore

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Paleyfest • 5 Comments

    Gotham gives viewers a world filled with Batman’s sadistic villains – but no Batman.Gotham2

    New to the crime-ridden city of Gotham, straight-arrow detective James Gordon vows to make a difference – a task made difficult by the corruption in his own police department, and particularly in his partner Harvey Bullock. With the city’s aging crime boss Falcone losing his influence, Gotham is filled with other up-and-coming criminals eager to supplant him: sleazy nightclub owner “Fish” Mooney; her lackey Oswald Cobblepot, nicknamed “Penguin”;  riddle-loving forensic scientist Edward Nigma; a budding young botanist named Ivy; and a mysterious teenage girl who loves cats.  Gordon also takes responsibility for mentoring a child orphaned by the murder of his parents…a wealthy little boy named Bruce Wayne.

    A Batman story without Batman, Gotham is characterized by all manner of mature content. Bullock makes crude references to sex and masturbation; characters spew language including “bastard,” “son of a bitch,” and “kiss my ass”; and violence is graphic, including torture, savage beatings, throats being slashed and gunshots, all with the victims’ blood spurting. Producer David Goyer has unapologetically boasted about the program’s extreme brutality: “This is a crime story, and crime is violence.”

    Parents are warned that, far from being an upbeat super-hero show like The Flash, Gotham is an extremely dark and gory take on the comic-book universe…especially as it features multiple violent and psychotic villains, but only one beleaguered (and mostly ineffective) hero.  As a result, Gotham is not recommended for children or young teens.

    Gotham premieres Monday, September 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.

    Take a look yourself and tell us what you think in our comments below!

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    5 Responses to Gotham Awash in Darkness and Gore

    1. Mike R
      September 13, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Longtime Batman fan and I’m looking forward to it!

      What you Christopher and PTC are forgetting is the Batman character is referred to as “The Dark Knight”.
      The old 60′s TV show gave us the campy side of character while the different movies have run with the darker side.
      No child is being forced to watch this (or any) program.
      We live in America, FREE to make choices and all TV’s come with a remote control to turn off or change channels.
      Any child who is too young to watch Gotham should be in bed.
      This falls back to the parents responsibility to monitor what the kid is doing or watching

      • Jonathan
        September 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Exactly most of DC if not all of DC is dark. I like the darker themes of DC compared to the more kid friendly themes of Marvel, although Marvel does have some dark characters (Deadpool). I have been looking forward to this show for awhile. Though what the PTC find violent and gory, I find to be tame.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        September 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

        Apparently, you object to parents even being informed about program content. Where in the post did I say Gotham shouldn’t be on? Nowhere:

        “Parents are warned that, far from being an upbeat super-hero show like The Flash, Gotham is an extremely dark and gory take on the comic-book universe…especially as it features multiple violent and psychotic villains, but only one beleaguered (and mostly ineffective) hero. As a result, Gotham is not recommended for children or young teens.”

        Since you didn’t bother to read it the first time, there’s probably no point in repeating it; but what you’re saying is exactly what I said. “Gotham is not recommended for children or young teens.”

        No, of course no one is “forced” to watch it. But that a program with graphic violence and gore (and using Batman as a hook to deliberately attract younger viewers) is blasted across the publicly-owned airwaves in prime time is worthy of a warning. And that’s all these columns are doing: warning parents.

        It is interesting, though, how you state that “we live in America, free to make choices,” yet in the same breath and with no sense of irony, you dictate that “any child who is too young to watch Gotham should be in bed.” So according to you, no one has the right to express an opinion contrary to yours, or even to let people know the content of the show might not be right for children; but YOU PERSONALLY get decide when bedtime ought to be for other people’s children. How is that in favor of “freedom,” exactly?

        • Dana
          October 3, 2014 at 8:18 am

          “We live in America, free to make choices.” I only wish there was more “choice” on TV. Too many programs look the same…..

        • lianne
          November 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

          Love the show, just question its’ time slot. Move it to a later one in my opinion. We’d like to think that all parents make good choices for the children, but sadly, that isn’t always the case. There all single moms, for example, working nights, who perhaps might have 13 year old babysitting his or her younger siblings and would not make the distinction. What’s the problem with moving the show to a later time?

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