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‘Gotham’ Season 1 Recap: Episode 2: ‘Selina Kyle’

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Oh, Gotham. You’re a show about the city that created Batman. The city that raised Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and the Penguin. With so much about these characters’ behavioral profiles already established by DC Comics, don’t you have at least a basic responsibility to teach us something about the development, manifestation and course of psychopathology? We’re watching because we want to know what led these characters down such crooked paths, and how Bruce Wayne rose out of his trauma to create the formidable crime-fighter we know as the Dark Knight. We already know the future’s end, so tell us something worthwhile about the beginnings. It’s the least you can do.

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‘Gotham’ Season 1 Recap, Episode 1: ‘Pilot’

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Fox’s most buzzed about new television drama, Gotham, premiered this week with its youthful James Gordon, li’l Bruce Wayne, and a handful of DC Comics scoundrels, outcasts, and criminals in their formative, pre-supervillain years—The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and the Penguin. Detective Gordon seems to be the golden thread that connects everyone together as he begins his journey through Gotham’s depraved fractures. But are the city’s inhabitants and their intertwined stories portrayed with psychological realism? Do their hardships, devastation, and violence rationally add up to the mythology that we know will inevitably create the Batman?

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Why Marvel Studios Succeeds (And How It Will Fail If It Doesn’t Diversify)

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Guardians Of The Galaxy just enjoyed a very successful weekend at movie theaters, taking home around $94m, far in excess of expectations. The movie also stands at 92% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, joining all previous Marvel Studios movies in receiving predominantly favorable notices.

Marvel Studios is doing very well. In six years and ten movies, it has avoided both critical and commercial disasters, and frustrated naysayers who hailed the demise of the superhero movie at every step. Marvel's rivals at Fox, Sony Columbia, and Warner Bros, have enjoyed commercial success as well -- but not with the acclaim, consistency, or proliferation of Marvel. So how does Marvel do it, and can they keep doing it?

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Link Ink: Animated Aquaman First Look, Gerard Way Talks Comics And A Possible Live-Action ‘Akira’ Writer

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: Rocket Raccoon Bust, ‘Daredevil’ Set Video And A Kirby/Krang Mash-Up

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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‘Gotham’ Exec Producers Say Show Will Reveal ‘Psychological Truth’ Of Batman

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For months now, Fox has insisted that its new series Gotham isn't a Batman show. It's a Jim Gordon show.

However, executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, who wrote and directed the pilot respectively, were more than happy to tell IGN that the Gotham City of the series will eventually forge Batman from the pre-teen Bruce Wayne, who is a regular character on the show. (The secret is that he'll be dark and damaged. A bold new vision!) They also discussed how they established the look and feel of the city, and a lot more about their goals.

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New ‘Gotham’ Character Portraits Include Poison Ivy And Her Completely Different Name

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Viewers have had plenty of opportunities to see the lead characters of Fox's new not-Batman-we're-serious series Gotham staring ahead and looking solemn, but they haven't seen everyone just yet.

Entertainment Weekly has published eight new character portaits, and though they include some familiar faces -- Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, to name a few --the feature also comes with some new ones. Not only are viewers getting their first really good look at Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), they're also seeing the show's version of Poison Ivy, played by Clare Foley. You'll notice she's not Pamela Isley anymore.

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‘Gotham’ Star Ben McKenzie Says ‘This Is Not A Batman-From-The-’50s Kind Of Show’

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Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller already sat under Entertainment Weekly's spotlight to talk about the new Fox series, and now it's series star Ben McKenzie's turn.

McKenzie will play a young James Gordon on the show (which the producers have promised will not be about Batman, even though there's a preteen Bruce Wayne running around). He told EW pretty unequivocally that the show will be a darker take, with plenty of moral gray areas, in case you were wondering whether it would be like every other Batman media property of the past 30 years or so. Here are some highlights from his interview.

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‘Gotham’ Showrunner Bruno Heller Promises Serialized Stories, Teases Joker

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Fans have a lot of questions about Fox's new Jim Gordon-driven show Gotham, which also features a preteen, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. Will it be a procedural or tell season-long arcs? Will there be masked heroes to fight the supervillains who will appear on the show? What's the tone going to be like? Where's Gordon's mustache?

Showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) talked with Entertainment Weekly and answered a few, but not all, of those questions. He said the show won't follow a crime-of-the-week format (though it will have a "procedural framework"). It will be serialized. He also said the entire first season has been plotted out. Look after the jump to see what else he had to say about the series, particularly whether it'll become a Batman show.

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Link Ink: An Alternate ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Ending, Baxter Stockman’s New Look And The Blocko Store

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Click through to see what's shaking this May 6th.

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