The Caped Crusader usually represents Gotham, but what happens when Batman is found dead in the first episode of a series focusing on the dark city? Well, that’s precisely what the CW show Gotham Knights will highlight, but its primary focus remains on the murder of The Bat, and the premiere lined up the suspects.
The Gotham Knights premiered on the CW app on March 14, 2023, opening with the crime scene where they find Batman’s murdered corpse. Turner Hayes discovers the Batcave with his best friend, Stephanie Brown, learning his stepfather, Bruce Wayne, had a bigger secret than his wealth.
Harvey Dent and the police bring in Duela Doe, a juvenile teen upon whom they try to pin the murder. Her motive? Revenge for her father, The Joker, who the Bat killed in this iteration of the DC comic story. Duela explains she can’t avenge a man who never bothered to stay in her life, but the police keep her and the other two suspects.
The siblings and Duela are then connected with a money trail that the police uncover and find Turner Hayes at the head of it, believing he killed his father for his large estate. They bring in Hayes, and after some questioning and blaming, Carrie Kelly, a.k.a. Robin, saves the day as they’re being transported in a police van.
After the premiere, reviews started flooding in for the CW’s most recent foray into a DC comic story. While the biggest complaint seems to be about the terrible color grading, there are other nitpicking comments to address.
Critics have labeled the show to be average and have criticized that the show seems stuck somewhere between two vibes – gritty and dark superhero drama and a daytime soap mixed with heavy tones of a teen drama, and the latter outweighs the former.
Of course, some positive reviews have stated that even though the premiere takes some time, it does find its footing in establishing the main storyline. The teens will have to prove their innocence by uncovering the truth, and that’s where the show will eventually pick up as we slowly uncover the mystery.
According to next week’s episode synopsis, the suspects and Robin will visit the crime scene and sneak away with Bruce’s journals to determine who could be the killer and clear their names.
So far, we only have one episode, and while it didn’t strike viewers as particularly great, I’m sure the show will make an intriguing watch, and I’m excited to see the outcome. What was your view on the Gotham Knights premiere? Drop down your reviews below!
About Gotham Knights
Gotham Knights is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by WB Games Montréal and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Inspired by the Batman: Gotham Knights comic series, the game focuses on Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood as they attempt to restore justice to Gotham City in the immediate aftermath of Batman’s death. While investigating Batman’s disappearance, the heroes go against the Court of Owls, a secret society and their legion of brainwashed assassins called Talons.
It is set to be released on October 21, 2022, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.
Source: The CW TV