• Graphic Gore on Gotham

    by  • November 7, 2017 • Fox, Violence • 2 Comments


    The “teenage Batman” show also featured teen drinking and implied drug use. 

    Fox’s Gotham is a twisted tale of a teenage Bruce Wayne, in the years before he donned the cape and cowl of Batman, undergoing an apprenticeship in fighting crime. (The series also features many of the Masked Manhunter’s future foes, in their proto-supervillain days: teenage cat burglar Selina Kyle before she becomes the Catwoman; a crime enthusiast obsessed with riddles; and a stunted crimeboss who walks oddly like a penguin.) In recent weeks, teen Bruce tested his mettle against global crimelord Ra’s al-Ghul; then afterward, disillusioned with his plans to fight crime, turned his back on the way of the Bat to embrace the life of a dissolute playboy teen right out of Gossip Girl — a life that involves buying a nightclub and drinking, as his friends implicitly use drugs.


    But there are also bloodier scenes.  In one, Selina breaks into a gang’s garage and steals some loot from a car trunk. When an alarm alerts the thugs, they blame the theft on one of their own, who failed at guard duty. As punishment, the thug is held down, as the gang leader runs and motorcycle tire over his face, blood spraying out.

    Anyone who has seen any of the character’s recent  movies knows that Batman is not an Adam West-style crimebuster for kiddies anymore; Batman’s adventures have become grimmer by far. But even so, this level of violence — and the teen debauchery accompanying it — is a new level of darkness for the Dark Knight.



    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.

    2 Responses to Graphic Gore on Gotham

    1. D
      November 9, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I have a question. If you are against graphic gore, teen drinking, and implied drug use, why are you showing video clips of those things on the exact same page you are using to denounce graphic gore, teen drinking and implied drug use?

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        November 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

        Because if we didn’t, people would say, “They’re exaggerating. It can’t be as bad as they say.”

        And many in the media report our statements with language like, “The PTC CLAIMS the episode showed…” This way, there’s no doubt.

        We’re just offering proof of what we say. This is a common practice of advocacy organizations. When GLAAD gives specific details of homophobic behavior, it doesn’t mean they’re endorsing homophobia. It’s showing why there’s a problem.

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