‘Gotham Knights’ Season 1, Episode 3 Review
by Frank Martin
Gotham Knights is setting itself up as a tough show to like. It’s not that it is inherently uninteresting by itself. There are a lot of pieces to it for Batman fans to enjoy. It has an adaptation of Duella Dent, the Joker’s Daughter (Olivia Rose Keegan) and a very different Robin than fans have seen in the past. Plus, there are twists on certain aspects of the Batman mythos that could be interesting down the line. Nevertheless, there are other elements that are keeping it from excelling. Its pacing is off, retreading old premises — such as diffusing a bomb — that superhero TV fans are tired of. And this episode wasn’t doing the show any favors.
The episode begins as Robin (Navia Robinson) takes down the leader of the Mutant Gang. They doesn’t take too kindly to this and hold some of Gotham’s elite hostage to demand his release. The Gotham Knights springs into action to disarm the bomb, which they were successful at, but afterwards, they learn that some of the Court of Owls were in attendance. To try and deduce their connection to the Waynes, they will look towards the death of the family’s patriarch decades earlier.
Shows on The CW have to learn that just because they are on the network doesn’t mean they have to push teenage drama. It’s almost become cliche to the point where when drama is on the screen, sensitive music starts playing. A show can certainly have that kind of drama. It’s actually pretty much inevitable. But other shows, such as Superman & Lois, have handled it well enough that it didn’t come off as stereotypical of the network. Gotham Knights falls into this territory hard, and if it is to excel throughout the rest of the season, it’s going to need to speed up with its Batman-related storytelling.
Gotham Knights airs Tuesdays on The CW.