Marvel have a host of TV shows in the works but most of these are aimed at a older audience this is balanced with the Disney XD cartons that are able to appeal to the younger watcher (as well as the young at heart). There does however seem an opportunity for a TV show based around Kamala Khan. For those not in the know she is a teenage girl from Brooklyn with a love of all things superheroic and even likes to write fan fiction, she is also Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline their own book. This mix would seemingly make her an appealing character to a teenage market who are beginning to find their own way in the world, her difficulties are exaggerated but ultimately relatable.
Now thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Marvel there is even a perfect channel format for the show to go out on. The Disney channel is well known for its live shows and a teenage superhero should be able to fit in nicely with their programming. Using Kamala this way instead of keeping her for the movies would hopefully give those too young to see the movies something of their own to follow. It would feel like a stronger message if the show is based within the teenager’s life with the adults being the outsiders a reverse of the usual roles within adult focused movies.
From a business standpoint the introduction of a character to an underrepresented teenage market would hopefully widen the appeal of Marvel and open up the opportunity to bring new readers in. At the same time it will also show the diversity of comics and hopefully give the medium a much needed shot in the arm.
By Paul Fiander
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Detective James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) Episode 1 series 1 of Gotham
As we meet our detective he is in the middle of a rather tense situation, his demeanor however is calm helping him to keep a clear head. This allows him to firstly devise a solution to the predicament and secondly be in the right place to take action when plan A fails. It's a brave move that manages to both diffuse the situation and preserve the lives of those present. This allows us the viewers to see this newbie detective is no shrinking violet when it comes to violent situations. Gordon's physical prowess is established here as well as he beats his opposition down in a quick flourish of blows.
Within the precinct though his failure to draw down on the attacker is viewed as a weakness by his partner Bullock. The interplay between the two of them is very much in the vein of a buddy cop show with Gordon playing the idealistic newbie and Bullock the grizzled streetwise veteran. Their interplay is probably the highlight of the first episode as we are introduced to seemingly everyone in Gotham along with the cat. Their ideologies are similar in some ways, in that they want to make Gotham a better place. It is however in their methods where they differ, Bullock has a shades of grey outlook on law enforcement, where he will allow some things to slide for the "Greater good". This goes against Gordon's black and white way of looking at the world. Events at the end of the episode put this into sharp focus when it comes to the treatment of Oswald Cobblepot. The repercussions of this event have already been established even if Gordon is as of yet unaware of it.
It is not only the penguin incident where we get to see Gordon's compassionate side; there is also the obligatory Thomas and Martha Wayne death scene to deal with. The way he handles a distraught Bruce is gentle and helps the young Wayne open up. It smells of foreboding for their future relationship and also for Bruce's future path.
There are also hints about Gordon's past being a veteran and the role his father had in Gotham as the old DA. It will be interesting to see if these crumbs cone back in the series to give our detective even more depth. It's an odd situation as we know his final destination in becoming the Captain of the GCPD. This does dissolve the tension of his encounters as we already know he is going to survive. This means the fear for survival we have has to come from the supporting cast or else the show will feel weakened.
Overall Gotham has its high points and the portrayal of Gordon ranks high among these. As for the series as a whole I'll hold judgement for now the first episode felt far too busy. Once the series settles down I think we will really be able to tell if this will become an essential addition to the Batman canon of just a fly by night experience.
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