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Gotham Knights CW Series Is Better Than Anticipated

Gotham Knights, the new CW series, starts off a bit rocky, but ultimately settles in and finds its footing, making it really enjoyable for DC Fans.

Gotham Knights CW series review

Gotham Knights fully embraces the dark and gritty side of Gotham. Batman is dead and Gotham is ready to take vengeance on those that are to blame. Gotham Knights focuses on a group of misfit kids, but also on the evolution of fan favorite villain Two-Face, AKA Harvey Dent (played by the talented Misha Collins). While it starts off a little rocky, the series ultimately finds its footing and delivers Easter Eggs, mystery, and a lot of fun.

The series kicks off with Bruce Wayne having been murdered and the fact that he was Batman revealed to the world. A group of delinquent teenagers are blamed for the murder as they have been set up by a mysterious person. No one knows who it is. Gotham has turned against them, even Bruce’s adopted son Turner Hayes, and they must work together to set things right. 

These kids have no super suits, no special gadgets, and are literally hiding out from the rest of the town. When they realize that the Court of Owls is involved, things get a whole lot more intense. 

Having seen the first six episodes of Gotham Knights season 1, I can attest that yes, the first couple can be a struggle. They aren’t all awful, and there are some really good things in there, it just takes a little while to find its footing with dialogue, story, and world development. However, by the time the fourth episode hits, Gotham Knights start to shine. 

DC comic book fans are sure to be thrilled as there is a plethora of nods, Easter Eggs, and references. It is very clear that the creators of this show are comic book readers too, and that is very much appreciated. They love Gotham and DC too, so they are able to give Gotham Knights the love and attention it deserves.

Gotham Knights CW series review

Gotham Knights — “Pilot” — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Harvey Dent and Oscar Morgan as Turner Hayes — Photo: Jasper Savage/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The entire cast puts their all into their characters. That said, Misha Collins is the clear standout. Don’t get me wrong, the kids do a great job as well, but Collins is very talented and has a lot of experience, which allows him to fully embrace Harvey Dent’s personality from the very start. 

With any television show, they are limited to the budget, which is a little unfortunate for super hero series like this. The effects are never going to be comparable to massive feature films. That said, there are some visual missteps here, but not many. It should be noted that the screeners I was given state visual effects are not complete yet, so these could improve. 

Gotham Knights season 1 episode 1 kicks off with a ton of action and is a great start to the series, despite its few flaws. The second half of the six episodes I was sent are a vast improvement on the first in terms of story, dialogue, and overall feel. The mystery gets more and more intense, with twists and turns thrown at viewers left and right. 

Add in the massive amount of love the creators clearly have for the DC universe, and Gotham Knights is sure to make fans happy.  They might not be completely hooked, but they will certainly be intrigued to see what happens next.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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About Gotham Knights

Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. In the aftermath of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader.

CAST:

  • Misha Collins (Supernatural)
  • Navia Ziraili Robinson (Dora The Explorer, Raven’s Home)
  • Olivia Rose Keegan (High School Musical: The Musical – The Series)
  • Anna Lore (All American, Doom Patrol)
  • Oscar Morgan (Warren)
  • Fallon Smythe (Grown-ish, S.H.R.I.E.K.)
  • Rahart Adams (Foursome)
  • Tyler DiChiara (Relish)

Gotham Knights premieres on The CW March 14th.

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