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First 'Gotham' trailer is all grit, no gadgets

Fox's dark take on the origin stories of famous Batman characters gets an official trailer, giving fans a sneak peek at the series.

Jim Gordon
Jim Gordon before he became commissioner. Fox

The superhero movie and TV trend isn't slowing down. "S.H.I.E.L.D." is blazing along. The latest Spider-Man is in theaters. The challenge is finding a different way of looking at superheroes that hasn't been done to death. The upcoming Fox show "Gotham" feels like it will be going gritty and toning down the gadgets, if the first official trailer is any indication.

The extended version gives us a good look at young Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) and his hardened partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). We also get the famous scene involving the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents in an alley. We hear about chaos, rivers of blood, and how Gotham is not a place for nice guys.

There's the requisite dramatic music. Mostly, the trailer signals that this take on the pre-Batman world of Gotham isn't about flash. It's not about a Jack Nicholson-style joker in a bright purple suit. It's not about a suite of high-tech Batman-style gadgets, either. The villains (we see early versions of Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, and Poison Ivy) all look like just slightly crazy normal people.

It will be interesting to see if audiences embrace this approach. We're already used to the darkening of superhero sagas, as evidenced by the Christian Bale Batman movies. Check out the trailer and tell us in the comments if you're excited about this new series.