First (unofficial) set photos from Fox’s Gotham! [UPDATED]

Filming is currently underway on Fox’s Gotham, and we’ve been given our first unofficial glimpse of Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin. The photos are courtesy of Batman-news. The official synopsis didn’t provide details of the visual style or time period of Gotham City, but these photos shed some light on that specific topic.

[UPDATED to include Donal Logue as Detective Bullock!]

We see a young Jim Gordon without either his mustache, glasses, or cigarettes, but his attire fits in with just about any current crime procedural – weather permitting. Although he doesn’t have his traditional look, I’ve been watching Southland recently and feel that McKenzie can definitely bring something new to the character. Similarly, Oswald doesn’t have his signature top hat and/or umbrellas. This version rocks the retro circle sunglasses and a bow tie, complete with suit and trench coat. In my honest opinion he kind of resembles the Doctor.

Anywho, the setting behind both characters looks relatively modern, but the last photo featuring a vintage taxi cab throws off the balance both photos create. Unfortunately, no other primary cast members can be seen in these photos, but considering how quickly we got the official promotional photos from CW’s Flash and NBC’s Constantine it should only be a matter of time before Fox reveals theirs.

Gotham is a part of Fox’s fall 2014 lineup, and the pilot is directed by television veteran Danny Cannon (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nikita) with a script written by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome). Gotham also stars Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, and Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen.

Tell us what you think of the pre-Batman television series Fox is putting together in the comments below. What are your thoughts on the realistic take of The Penguin? Are you excited about the depiction of Gotham City, which appears to be a blend of present day and old school vintage? Is this the DC television property you’re most excited for? Do you think this will end up being Smallville except with Batman?

We’ll keep you posted on Gotham as updates continue to develop.

The writer of this piece was:
Laurence Almalvez
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