The CW has given us yet another Batman-centered TV show without Batman. And it’s definitely a CW show.
The story focuses on Bruce Wayne’s adopted son Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan). He is informed by Gotham City DA Harvey Dent (Misha Collins) that not only has his father been murdered, but he was Batman. Turner decides to look into the murder, along with his best friend Stephanie Brown (Anna Lore). They run into minor criminals Duela (Olivia Rose Keegan), who may or may not be the Joker’s daughter, electronics expert Harper Row (Fallon Smythe), and her brother Cullen (Tyler DiChiara). All of them are accused of Bruce’s murder. On top of this, they are targeted by the Court of Owls, who sends an assassin after them. They are saved by Carrire Keeley (Navia Robinson) who was training to be Robin. Now on the run from the law and the Court, this rag-tag group must clear their names and find out who really killed Batman.
I watched 3 episodes and I was done. Not impressed at all by this show. As I stated before, once again we have a show about Batman without Batman. I’m really tired of this trend. I seriously don’t understand Warner for allowing them to make these shows. Why can’t Batman be on the small screen? The only real-time we get Batman is in animation. Just ridiculous.
Now let’s talk about the major issue with this serious: Turner Hayes. An original character created for the show only. Why? In the comics, Batman has 4 sons, with one actually being his biological son. Not to mention all the extended family. Dick, Jason, and Tim are all being used in Titans, which is probably why they weren’t used here. So why not use Damian, or even Duke Thomas, would have been nice. But no! They feel the need to create this new character. So unnecessary. Seriously a huge waste.
Then the entire tone of the series is typical CW target audience. Teen drama. But that’s not as bad as the entire series being underlit. They currently use this in the Batman films and while we know Gotham is a rough place, there is no need to beat the point across by making it visibly dark.
I understand that this is an adaptation, and I get why the character is not exactly like how they are in the comics. At the same time, these characters are so far away from the source material, it doesn’t work.
I think my main issue is the fact the entire Arrowverse is ending with the Flash and what we get is this garbage. Even though the Arrow was going downhill for over 5 years now.
I like new ideas and exploring different concepts on an established character, but this is just ridiculous.
The acting isn’t that impressive either. Other than Misha Collins, all these young actors are interchangeable with any other teen drama. Maybe I’m just not the right target audience, but I’m a comic fan, so when a bad show is made, I’ll call it out.
The CW currently doesn’t have a lot of original programming these days, which means they will keep this dog and run it into the ground.
Don’t bother with this show. It’s not that good and not worth wasting your time on.
GOTHAM KNIGHTS premiers on the CW Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT.