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By arnold ytreeide, "because we believe in a god who loves us all", jotham's journey.
Paperback: 168 pages
Ages: 7 - 700
After running away from his father's tents in a moment of anger, ten-year-old Jotham has lost his way, and his family. As he journeys through Palestine in search of his nomadic home, Jotham is helped by a fool, a priest, a zealot and a wise man. Chased by a gang of thieves, thrown from one "foster parent" to another, Jotham slowly discovers the miracle of the first Christmas, and some miraculous things about his own life and family.
Written as a devotional for parents to read to their children during Advent, Jotham's Journey unfolds day by day until the exciting climax on Christmas. Each day's installment of the story is followed by a short devotional which will challenge your family to share in Jotham's discoveries.
"We started reading Jotham's Journey when my son was 9 and my daughter was 4. They are now 19 and 14!"
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Gotham season 4's batman: year one connections explained.
The Gotham season 4 premiere saw Bruce Wayne take more steps in his vigilante journey, and they follow Frank Miller's Batman: Year One comics.
Gotham has been bringing Bruce Wayne's backstory to life for the past three years, and we're only just beginning to see him take on a vigilante role to fight crime in the city. So far we've witnessed the the introductions of new allies, supervillains and deeper conspiracies entrenched in Gotham than Bruce could have imagined. All of this has taken place without Bruce even toying with the idea of becoming a symbol for the city... until now. After the third season saw the orphaned billionaire realize he could be a force for good, defending the helpless in the city, Bruce will develop his vigilante role during season 4.
Although his first heroic act went quite well, it's possible that some of his next adventures may be a little more tricky as he figures out his place as a hero. Sound familiar? That's because the show will be leaning on the classic Batman: Year One storyline by Frank Miller. After all, if the show is about showing us how Bruce became the Dark Knight, why not adapt one of the best grounded stories that details Bruce's first days as a vigilante?
The show has already set up many of the components needed for the story in previous seasons just by introducing and exploring some of the key characters in the Batman mythos. In the story, Selina Kyle and Jim Gordon all have roles to play as Bruce slowly pieces together how he can be a successful hero in Gotham. But Year One also uses the organized crime of Gotham's underworld as a starting point for Batman's crusade.
The premiere of season 4 picks up right where season 3 left off, with Bruce looking over Gotham in his black outfit, watching for criminals. His costume is still very amateur, consisting of a ski mask, a hooded jacket and a long coat that looks slightly like a cape (he's clearly already decided to conceal his identity). But this episode surprisingly incorporates some of the more famous (and advanced) skills of Batman - like his disappearing act. Bruce vanishes during a conversation with Jim Gordon, and again later on when hunting down the list of licensees. Gotham is really pushing Bruce Wayne towards the Batman persona fast, even if we may never see the cape and cowl on the series. That said, he's not a seasoned vigilante, and he still makes mistakes that land him in trouble - most notably right at the end of the episode.
It will be Bruce's mistakes that teach him to wear something a bit more protective than a hood and a ski mask. But the show isn't just focused on driving Bruce to the hero role we know he'll fill; it's also developing Bruce as his own, separate personality. Alfred tells him that there is a time to do what's right and a time to be Bruce Wayne, and that each identity can be as important and influential as the other - something that he also learns throughout Year One . The story did quickly usher Bruce into the cowl after he was injured and fled back to Wayne Manor, asking for guidance from his father when a bat crashed through the window. We doubt we'll be seeing David Mazouz put on the most famous version of his costume, but we could see the bat motif begin to give him some ideas.
Selina is still paired up with Tabitha, but we see her begin to formulate the Catwoman identity in the first episode. Her new mentor throws her in at the deep end by pitting her against a gang of thugs who attack her in an alleyway, and Selina uses that iconic whip to take them all out. After Selina gets to see an early version of Batman in action during the Year One comics, she makes the decision to wear her own costume... only, she doesn't have heroic intentions in mind. Selina changes from her current career as a dominatrix, to the cat burglar that we all know and love. Although it's not likely that Gotham 's Selina will take on any adult orientated jobs (barring a sudden age boost like the one Poison Ivy got), she's definitely steering towards the iconic catsuit. Her relationship with Bruce is developed a little further on the foundations of previous seasons. We see them both looking over the city on the edge of a building, looking very heroic together as silhouettes against the sky. They've already dabbled in crime fighting activities together before, it's likely that a new costumed hero will inspire Selina to assume a persona of her own.
In Batman: Year One , it was Carmine Falcone that ran the criminal underworld plaguing Gotham, and the mob boss was the main target for Bruce's vigilante actions. In the show, however, Carmine Falcone is completely out of the picture. Instead, Penguin has slowly risen through the ranks and now all crime goes through him. He's forced criminals to fall in line by allowing them to operate under his new licenses. Penguin has even legitimized these licenses through the new Mayor and Commissioner. And when we see Bruce stop an attempted mugging by a licensed criminal, it firmly puts Penguin in his sights. In fact, there aren't any complete supervillains in the beginnings of the Batman: Year One story. Aside from Catwoman, Bruce's operations are strictly confined to tackling organized crime in Gotham - aomething that was similarly included in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins .
Jim Gordon and the GCPD
Bruce isn't the only one facing an uphill struggle with Gotham's underworld, as Jim is once again facing trouble from his own colleagues. After the Penguin gives crime licenses to criminals, the GCPD's job becomes a little less stressful. But with many of the police officers completely fine with organized crime, Jim butts heads with more than a few of them. During Year One , Jim is threatened and attacked by his fellow officers for not going along with Falcone's corruption of the police force. In the TV show, Jim is beaten up by several officers in the locker room for opposing Penguin as a leader. But Penguin won't be the only person that Jim sets his sights on during season 4, as it's also been revealed that Jim would be hunting the vigilante that stalks Gotham - again, much like the Year One comics. As if Detective Gordon didn't have enough to worry about.
The detective is left with a bloody nose and a sore head, but this won't keep him down for long. This Gordon is a little different to the one in the comics. 'Year One' saw an older Jim who had just moved to Gotham with his pregnant wife, and she was the one his officers really threatened when he didn't go along with the corruption. One character the series seems to have completely left out from that portion of the story, is Arnold Flass, Jim's partner. Instead sticking with Harvey Bullock as the one suggesting that Gordon maybe climb down from his high horse for the sake of his job.
Many fans have previously criticized Gotham for introducing too many villains before Bruce has even began his vigilante career. Well, season 4 is looking to change that. And although he's just going to be targeting organized crime and Penguin for now - how long will it be until he faces down a supervillain? Probably not too long. But it'll be the moments where he's injured or making mistakes that will really drive the character forward. We'll definitely see some huge steps in the evolution from Bruce Wayne to Batman as this season goes on. We've already seen our first proto-cowl and suit look for the younger hero - how long will it be until he has a brilliant idea to put a bat logo onto everything that he owns?
Gotham airs on FOX at 8PM E.T.
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Why the Jotham’s Journey Series is NOT to be Missed
What do you get when you mix historical fiction with lots of adventure then add daily devotionals for Advent? The Jotham’s Journey series of books! These books are simply NOT to be missed.
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That’s the best word I can think of to describe these page-turning, spine-tingling adventure stories meant to be read in December to point the way to the One who was our ultimate Christmas gift!
They are our all-time favorite living literature for the Christmas season!
There are four books in the Jotham’s Journey series which are written as daily read-alouds for Advent (aka: the days leading up to Christmas.)
You only read one book per year – meaning the entire series provides your family with FOUR years worth of Advent reading. And, if you’re like us, you’ll start the series over again at least once for eight years’ worth!
Arnold Ytreeide Rocks
The author, Arnold Ytreeide, is a master storyteller whose interesting story lines delicately weave each new tale into the next. Not only that, his creativity in telling the story of our Savior’s birth alongside the story of the main characters is really breathtaking.
The main characters in each book come to the Christmas story from completely different perspectives and with completely different adventures – each well-worth reading.
Excitement. Mystery. Intrigue. Bad guys. Good guys. Character struggles. Lessons to be learned for sure. All leading to the miracle of the first Christmas.
What could be better than awesome stories to prepare your family’s heart for Christmas? Your children will be drawn back into the days before Jesus’ birth, treasuring the lessons learned by each character – and finding the joy of Jesus in the end every time.
It never fails that each day’s reading leaves my children begging for more! When we read about Jotham’s quest through Palestine to find his family, we’re often on the edge of our seats wondering how he can possibly escape the danger he’s stumbled into. When Bartholomew is taken from Galilee as a slave of the Romans, we can’t wait to learn if slavery is his destiny. When Tabitha’s father is taken prisoner, we’re beyond excited when Zechariah and Elizabeth come to her aid. And when Ishtar, son of the Magi, searches with his father to find the newborn King, we jump for joy when he befriends Jotham, Bartholomew and Tabitha.
Every single time we sit on the edge of our seats. Every time.
I should mention a note of caution. The books are SO full of adventure (some in the form of dangerous situations that can be scary to little ears) that I would suggest reading them with children who are eight or older.
Where do you start?
The books should be read in the following order.
- Jotham’s Journey
- Bartholomew’s Passage
- Tabitha’s Travels
- Ishtar’s Odyssey
Each book is meant to be read daily through the month of December and followed with family discussion over the devotional questions provided after each reading.
Have you read any of the Jotham’s Journey series? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. If you haven’t read them yet, get ready to join Jotham on his journey beginning December 1st. I don’t think you’ll be sorry!
And guess what? An Easter devotional is available, too!
Amon’s Adventure follows Amon as he strives to save the life of his father, Jotham, who has been falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death! As you can imagine, his life also intersects with the Savior of the world in a magnificent turn of events.
The only prerequisite to read this book is having read Jotham’s Journey already. So, jump right in this coming Easter if you like!
Advent (and Easter) Themed Science
While we’re on the subject of Advent – or is that Easter now? Either way, I’ve written some creative, nature-based studies that should help you find Jesus in your science lessons this Christmas AND Easter . They will provide you with learning ideas for years to come!
I agree! They are our favorite for the Christmas! We have enjoyed them for 15 years. Well that is when the first started for us. Then we were very excited when more were added! And this year a new one for us. Ishtar’s Odyssey! They are excellent for the whole family to keep a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. We even have given the set as a gift to our older ones who have now married. To share with their family. Yes, Don’t miss out. Start a new tradition in your home.
Hi Cindy – I just purchase Jotham’s Journey a couple weeks ago for my 6 & 4 year old, but it sounds like I may want to hold off for a couple years after reading your post. Do you have any suggestions for a living book/advent devotional for younger children?
What a great idea to share as gifts, Dawn!
Yes, Courtney, I would wait just a little while on Jotham’s Journey. With little ones, I usually just read various picture books ( ) and we do Jesse Tree ornaments each day as we talk about the Bible stories that go along.
You might also consider Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. I haven’t read it myself, but it gets high reviews. From looking at the previews, it seems as if it might be appropriate for at least your six year old. Merry Christmas!
Love Jothams journey series. We have 2 teens in our home and they beg for more too!!! Thank you for making these. Our family is so blessed by them. They spark the deepest spiritual conversations. With 5 of us going different directions, these books keep us coming back together for family time during the busiest time of the year. And that means the world to this moms heart
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Gotham: why you should love batman's outrageously fun tv origin story.
Batman's origin story is a tale as old as comic book time.
A dark and depressing alley. The gunshots. The falling pearls from a broken necklace. A need to take down criminals and a fascination with bats.
Bruce Wayne's journey to become Gotham City's protector has been everywhere, from film to gaming to TV. But it was the series on FOX that has a special place in our hearts: Gotham .
Gotham ran for five seasons from 2014 to 2019. The show, which you can watch online via TV Fanatic , followed many iconic characters in Batman lore years before Bruce put on the mask.
You got the seriousness of The Dark Knight mixed in with some fun comic book campiness. It was a best of both worlds that left passionate Batman fans divided over which tone they wanted.
The great thing about Gotham is that it fully embraced the antics of Gotham City.
The city itself was a character. From its dark and grey aesthetic to the many overdramatic characters prone to crime, the infamous town never felt like a forgotten idea.
As a viewer, you get a real sense of this town's corruption.
Gotham never tried to make the city feel bright and clean-cut like Smallville's Metropolis or idyllic like Stargirl's Blue Valley. Right from Gotham Season 1 Episode 1 , the tone was clear that Gotham City was every bit the backdrop that needed a Batman.
Plus, we're talking about DC's comic book city, where villains took on names like The Penguin, The Riddler, and Mr. Freeze!
Speaking of those villains, Batman has one of (if not THE) best Rogues Gallery across all comics. Names like Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face are some legendary characters you know by name.
Gotham gave its supervillains the spotlight and room to steal the show!
For five seasons, we were hooked on these stories, like Penguin's journey toward becoming a mob boss, Edward Nygma's transformation into The Riddler, and the introduction of new villains like Fish Mooney.
And even when naming rights became an issue, Gotham still didn't deprive us of The Joker's story, starting on Gotham Season 1 Episode 16 .
Gotham wasn't only an origin story about Bruce Wayne/Batman or Commissioner Gordon at the GCPD, but about the villains who emerged from the darkness. And the nuances that gave them depth and character.
For example, one of the best new storylines out of Gotham was Commissioner Gordon's (ex-) fiancée Barbara Kean, played by Erin Richards.
The character started as the typical love interest trope before transforming into a deadly supervillain.
And I do mean transform!
Starting with Gotham Season 2 , Barbara let loose and embraced her villainy. She made many devilishly fun decisions in her pursuit to take over Gotham City, especially with Tigress and Selina Kyle's Catwoman by her side.
And we can't forget she was the first tease of "Harley Quinn" set in Gotham's world. As a Harley Quinn fan, I loved this!
Even though her storyline differed from the comics, it allowed the show to explore something new. And compared to other villains, Gotham still kept their arcs closer to their archetypes, like Scarecrow or Carmine Falcone.
Barbara was having a great time. All the villains were having a blast!
When they were having fun, we were right there with them.
The heroes and anti-heroes were also great draws too! Gotham had a strong balance between the duality of good and evil.
As James Gordon, Ben McKenzie provided the noble and logical hero we could always rely on and trust. And his straight-laced, stern demeanor whenever he bantered with anyone gave us many unexpected laughs.
Like whether he was having a buddy cop moment with Harvey Bullock, getting his flirt on with Lee Thompkins (his real-life wife, Morena Baccarin), or one of the many villains at his door.
Throughout the five seasons, his story kept us hooked on whatever new danger popped up at the Gotham City Police Department.
When an entire city falls under its chaos, we need someone we can depend on. James Gordon was our guy.
And we can't forget the main thread throughout Gotham: young Bruce Wayne's turn to Batman.
One of the early concerns about Gotham was that Bruce was a young child, and it would be years before he would become Batman. The same goes for other villains and essential characters, like the equally young Selina Kyle (aka. Catwoman).
But Gotham easily and quickly squashed any of those concerns.
Bruce was a mainstay character throughout the five seasons. Sometimes, he played the part of the orphaned rich kid; other times, he grew into a secretive vigilante. Bruce never stood on the sidelines as a figurehead.
By the series finale on Gotham Season 5 Episode 12 , Bruce's growth into Batman felt natural and ready.
Sure, he didn't have the Batmobile or any of the cool gadgets yet, but he made do with what he had. He started combat and could hold his own, especially against any shady organization or villain.
Plus, with allies like Alfred, Selina, and James Gordon by his side, Bruce's storyline kept us coming back for more.
Gotham wasn't a case of Bruce Wayne being overshadowed by the villains week-to-week. There was a method to the madness, and it worked well.
Gotham wasn't the typical superhero origin story.
Granted, it didn't follow DC Comics' tale beat by beat. However, the TV series still honored that story's legacy and had fun being its own thing.
We had rootable heroes and anti-heroes, action-packed fights, special effects, an alluring city, and lovable supervillains. What more could you ask for?
It was a Batman TV series unlike anything else. Gotham did that.
Now, over to you, Fanatics!
What was your favorite thing about Gotham? Which character or storyline did you love the most?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Gotham is available to stream now on Max.
Justin Carreiro was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on X .
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Robin Lord Taylor Interview on the End of ‘Gotham’ and Penguin’s Transformation
Fox’s Batman spinoff Gotham is coming to an end after five seasons. After introducing the origins of Batman’s most noteworthy villains, young Bruce Wayne ( David Mazouz ) is finally wearing the batsuit. The finale promises to take us 10 years into Gotham’s future to see what has become of all these famous characters.
After the last Gotham panel for the Television Critics Association, we spoke with Robin Lord Taylor , who plays the show’s Oswald Cobblepot. Taylor had promised that the flash-forward sees him in a fat suit as The Penguin. Gotham airs Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT on Fox.
Is there any chance of redemption for Oswald?
Robin Lord Taylor: “Oswald is a story of ultimate corruption and what it does to a person. We see someone who, even though he had been through a traumatic childhood with intense bullying as he was growing up, he was able to still retain a piece of humanity, a piece of empathy inside there. As we go along, that slowly dies, and dies because that’s what Gotham does to him.
His redemption will be in small moments where he chooses to respect life and he chooses to have an alliance with someone, like Ed Nygma, to trust them. Those are redemptive moments for a person who is on the ultimate track towards complete corruption.”
You’ve done the Penguin walk. Does the fat suit change that even more?
Robin Lord Taylor: “It just emphasizes it. I didn’t mean to sound too flippant about it. I felt very lucky again to have, as we go into the future, to have a physicality that represented those 10 years leading up to that moment. I talk about corruption and being unhealthy and someone slowly dying and punishing themselves, that’s what we get to illustrate in the final episode. Just to be able to inhabit an altered body and let those 10 years manifest itself physically was a really amazing gift for an actor.”
What was it like having Paul Reubens as your dad?
Robin Lord Taylor: “Oh, just a dream come true. I’m exactly that generation who watched Pee-Wee’s Playhouse when it was on Saturday mornings. When I was a kid, it was Michael Jackson and it was Pee-Wee Herman. I had also, as I grew older, learned who Paul Reubens was and how he created that character and also this other stuff that he’s done over his career with the Groundlings and what not. And then he’s playing my dad and to have him be the only correlation between the film universe and what we were doing on our show, to have it be related to The Penguin was just such an honor. He also played The Penguin’s father in Batman Returns .”
Did you fanboy around him?
Robin Lord Taylor: “Absolutely and then we became such close friends. I actually met him before he was cast to play my father. I became friends with Carol Kane who played my mother. First of all, I have the best TV parents you could possibly imagine, Carol Kane and Paul Reubens, forget about it. Carol and I live in the same neighborhood in New York so she invited me to breakfast one morning. She was like, ‘Oh, my friend Paul will be there,’ whoever Paul is. I walk in, it’s Paul Reubens. She of course didn’t even think that that would be startling or a big deal to me and she’s amazing.
Anyway, we met and we connected and he told me, and I knew of course, he reminded me, ‘You know, I played Penguin’s father. Who knows, maybe this could be a spinoff.’ We took a picture of a family photo. I hadn’t even sent it to Danny and he texted me, ‘Paul Reubens is going to play your father.’ It was meant to be and somehow we all knew. We knew at that diner in New York City. Then he’s been nothing but a dear friend, just lovely in person.”
How have you changed over five seasons?
Robin Lord Taylor: “It’s funny. I think we are so intrinsically connected to these characters. In certain ways, my connection to Oswald, the thing that we do share is going from a place of he’s insane, a place of just such strong ambition but very little confidence to having those two kind of meet up. I feel more confident. I can say that I feel proud of what we’ve done and what I’ve done. Just to be able to own that and say this was my stamp on this iconic character and no one can ever take that away from me, I feel so excited for what’s next because I’ve never had that feeling before in my career.”
What do you want to do next?
Robin Lord Taylor: “I just want to be better. I want to do something different than Gotham . I feel like going forward, any other sci-fi, comic book thing could never hold a candle to this character so going forward, I’d like to find something that’s a little bit more rooted in reality, whatever that means, if that’s theater, if that’s TV.”
Do people look at you now for villains?
Robin Lord Taylor: “It’s all types. Yes, typecasting is a reality, but at the same time, I recognize if the character is directly too close to anything that happened on Gotham , then it’s a hard no for me.”
Is your hair and look part of changing your appearance post- Gotham ?
Robin Lord Taylor: “This is just me going back to myself. I complained about it over the years with the hair dying and wearing the fake nose and being in extra makeup, it wears on you especially when you’re not able to be yourself when you’re not shooting. I would have to keep dying the hair over the hiatus. It got frustrating, but then at the same time, when it’s over, I have a physical reset as well as emotional one.”
Do people recognize you?
Robin Lord Taylor: “Not nearly as much. It’s fantastic. Flight attendants and TSA people, people who have to look at your face and engage with you, that’s usually when it happens.”
Were you afraid starting out that this could be it for you?
Robin Lord Taylor: “Absolutely. I was terrified. At the same time, it’s all relative. I think about right now having been through the polar vortex in New York City a couple weeks ago, it was about six degrees. Then the next couple days, it warmed up to maybe 25 and you’d go outside and you’re like, ‘I could take my clothes off and walk around, it’s so warm out.’ At the time, I was terrified but I was also coming off of 14 years of, again, how am I going to make my rent? Am I going to have to go back to graduate school? How do I explain this to my parents that it didn’t work out? It’s all these terrifying questions that working actors face every single day. So even if I knew, even if this hadn’t worked out, at least I had a job.”
When you go back home, do they see you as a successful actor?
Robin Lord Taylor: “My mom and dad, my parents, it was very important to them to make sure that we didn’t live our lives with regret. So they always very much believed in us, but yeah, there’s a little bit of my mom is very smooth and she’s cool, but I can hear that little tinge of relief every time she talks about, ‘The show is wrapping up but he’s in a good place.’ I can just hear those years of all that fear. She’s relieved which is good. That’s the best gift I could give them.”
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Gotham: Bruce Wayne's Journey to Batman Begins in New Teaser
Is this the moment fans have long been waiting for, as Bruce Wayne begins his journey towards becoming Gotham City's chief protector?
It's the moment DC Comics fans have long been waiting for -- after two and a half seasons of Fox's Batman origin series "Gotham," it seems we may finally get to see young master Bruce (David Mazouz) starting on the path that will lead to his eventual transformation into Batman.
The new trailer for the first in the show's latest batch of episodes features a mysterious figure who appears to be taking on the role as Bruce's mentor, telling him, "Gotham needs something that you can provide."
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Yes, Bruce is being primed to become the city's "protector," and the series even seems to have a new tagline; no longer "Mad City," but instead, "Heroes Rise."
Although we are still probably a long way away from seeing Bruce putting on the cape and tights, the trailer shows us young Master mixing it up with some hoodlums on the city's streets. Unless, of course, that is Bruce's Court of Owls doppelgänger in action.
RELATED: "Gotham’s" David Mazouz Teases Court of Owl’s Plans For Bruce Wayne
Set in Batman’s home city back before the Dark Knight Detective started his nocturnal patrols, "Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.
Now on hiatus, the show resumes its third season on Monday, April 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Gotham: Bruce Wayne’s journey to Batman continues
As originally conceived, the television series Gotham was to serve as a prequel of sorts to the Batman mythos. Launched by the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, it was designed to focus on the dark underworld of the city that the Waynes called home. And while young Bruce was intended to be a part of it, his role was supposed to be minimal — until David Mazouz was cast and got before the cameras.
The actor’s skills proved so strong that it forced the creative team to rethink its position. “This Bruce Wayne is growing up in front of our eyes and this year he’s going to have to take on a new personality to protect those around him,” says executive producer/director Danny Cannon . “Too many eyes are on him and we started talking about the Court Of Owls storyline, so he has to start saying, ‘I’m actually not that Bruce Wayne who could be perceived as a threat, I’m actually a brat millionaire.’ An irresponsible, spoiled person, so that he can deflect the attention that he’s getting.”
At the same time, Bruce is building a relationship with Wayne Enterprises junior executive Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), who is starting to realize that there’s something to this kid that nobody else sees; the idea that he’s completely unique and so incredibly driven that you can’t help but be drawn to his power. “In Bruce Wayne we are creating somebody who can start to fantasize and imagine what it would be like to be his own police force,” he says.
That “police force,” naturally, is referring to his future as Batman, but the impression about Gotham as a whole is that it’s all about world-building. So like Clark Kent on Smallville before it, it would seem that the audience won’t see the Batman suit until the final moment of the final episode. That being said, also like Smallville , there will be a gradual evolution of the character towards that moment.
Cannon laughs, “This is the best job I’ve ever had and I don’t want it to end too soon, but that transition does happen at the end. That being said, there are many versions along the way. He didn’t just go into a cave and come out as Batman. A lot goes into that. There was a trial and error along the way, and all kinds of drama. We’ll get to deal with all of it.”
'Gotham' channels 'Game of Thrones' and 'Batman Begins' as Bruce Wayne begins his journey
In the spring premiere of Gotham , the Court of Owls replaced Bruce Wayne with his clone and sent the real Bruce to a prison in the mountains (presumably Nanda Parbat). This is the largest step yet that Gotham has taken in bringing Bruce closer to becoming the man we all know he grows up to be: Batman. His journey is finally beginning.
( Editor's Note: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode 16 of Gotham .)
Episode 16 of Gotham began to further tease the Court of Owls' plans for the city, while also expanding upon what appears to be a growing friendship between Penguin and Poison Ivy. But the most interesting aspect of the episode is no doubt the few scenes we spend with Bruce Wayne in the mountains.
It is in this prison that Bruce first meets the Temple Shaman, played by Raymond J. Barry. This mysterious figure explains to Bruce that he will eventually return to Gotham, but not before he is ready. Of course, this doesn't stop Bruce from tying to escape with a bit more haste. He quickly learns, however, that his prison is a maze no easier to escape than one's mind (yeah, there are a lot of cryptic riddles in this one).
Gotham or Batman Begins ?
If Bruce's current predicament seems familiar, it is probably because you've seen something like it before. For an entire generation of fans, their knowledge of Bruce's transformation into Batman comes from Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins .
In that film, Bruce Wayne goes on a self-imposed exile from Gotham City while he learns to understand the criminal element. Along the way, he meets Ra's al Ghul (though he doesn't know it at the time), and it is with the mysterious leader of the League of Shadows that he completes his training.
Now, in Gotham , Bruce finds himself in a very similar situation. This time, though, his exile is far from voluntary. Still, it is in the far away mountains that he will begin his journey toward becoming Gotham City's protector. And for now, it looks like the Temple Shaman will be taking on the role of Ra's al Ghul.
This may, of course, only be for the time being, because Ra's al Ghul — played by Game of Thrones ' Alexander Siddig — will be showing up soon .
A hint of Game of Thrones
Bruce's initial training with the Temple Shaman consists of going into his own mind. Using some kind of a drug-infused acupuncture needle, the Temple Shaman is able to send Bruce into his own memories, and Bruce is forced to relive the day his parents were murdered.
There is, however, a reason for revisiting such painful memories: Bruce cannot become the man he is supposed to be if he remains clouded by pain. The whole situation is actually eerily similar to the most recent season of Game of Thrones , where the Three-Eyed Raven and Bran travel to different points in the past.
And much like the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones , the Temple Shaman is accompanying Bruce on these trips. The similarity to Game of Thrones is not necessarily a problem, just something interesting I observed. But it does seem to lack a bit of originality. It's probably safe to assume we won't be seeing any White Walkers in Gotham .
How does Ra's al Ghul fit in?
Though he hasn't appeared, or even been mentioned, yet, Ra's al Ghul is the most interesting part of Gotham right now. And that is because he connects to all that it is going on. Gotham executive producer John Stephens recently spoke with TV Guide regarding Ra's al Ghul's role in the season, explaining how exactly he fits into everything that has been happening.
"He's going to be the answer to a question that we begin to pose fairly early on when we get back, when we start to see these forces at work in Gotham," Stephens said. He went on:
What are his plans for Gotham? What are his plans for Bruce and how is that actually going to change Bruce going forward, because Bruce's encounter with Ra's al Guhl is definitely going to change his and Alfred's relationship from this point forward.
With only six episodes left in Gotham 's third season, it is safe to assume we will be seeing a good amount of Ra's al Ghul in the next few weeks. And that is something to get excited about.
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The big news: Gotham’s fall into total anarchy has pushed the origin story of Batman even further. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) incorporated night vision into his arsenal for the first time while trying to save medicine from being stolen by gangs while Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) lit up the giant spotlight (albeit sans Batman logo) to instill hope in the darkest moment of the city’s history.
What it means: These two moments may have seemed small in the grand scheme of things in the season premiere. “Year Zero” started with a time jump of over a year, with Gordon and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) teaming up with the enemy, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) dressed like their full comic book counterparts, against what looks like an entire army launching a full scale attack against the GCPD. The series then turned the clock back nine months, showing the city three months into “No Man’s Land,” with Gordon and Bullock fully separated from Penguin and the Riddler as gangs have all divided up what used to be Gotham into smaller territories. The city has been abandoned by the outside government and Gordon is working with what remains of the GCPD to protect all the innocent people stranded in the chaos.
But the small moments of Bruce using night vision for the first time while Gordon lit up the pre-Bat signal spotlight in the sky signaled another giant step forward toward the official arrival of Batman. With only 11 episodes left in the series (and with the showrunner’s promise that Batman will be featured in the series finale), there’s not much ground left to cover in making Bruce into Batman. All he’s missing is the cape, cowl and logo. And with Bruce conspicuously missing from the epic flash forward fight scene with the heroes and villains teaming up against an unseen/unknown force, perhaps that’s the biggest sign of all that he’s only nine months away from being a solo vigilante and leaving his alliance with the GCPD in his rearview.
Other noteworthy moments: But with Bruce taking another giant leap forward in his journey toward becoming Batman, Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) couldn’t be further from her own destiny of becoming Catwoman. Three months after being shot by Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan), Selina was still in the hospital. Paralyzed from the waist down, she tried to commit suicide as she was now cut off from what previously defined her. Both she and Bruce blamed Bruce for her injury, since Jeremiah shot her to hurt Bruce. He vowed to do whatever it took to make things better for her, and a nurse told him rumors of a “witch” who could help her. Could this “witch” be Lee (Morena Baccarin), who wasn’t seen at all in the premiere? Her doctor skills paired with whatever changes Hugo Strange (BD Wong) did to her after she was stabbed in the finale could have given her the “witch” reputation.
Gotham ‘s first major casualty of the season came early when the premiere featured a tense standoff for supplies, ammunition and food between Gordon and the GCPD, Penguin, Barbara (Erin Richards) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas). In the chaos, Tabitha tried to get revenge on Penguin for killing Butch (Drew Powell), but before she could kill him, he stabbed her right in the heart. Watching Tabitha die destroyed Barbara, who continued the revenge cycle by vowing to kill Penguin. She only got away alive because Gordon shot Penguin, right in his recently-healed leg. The Penguin limp returns!
And while no one had seen nor heard from Jeremiah since he created No Man’s Land, his right-hand woman Ecco (Francesca Root-Dodson) seemed to have transformed over the past three months into Harley Quinn. She snuck into the GCPD right under Gordon’s nose to leave a giant, “HA HA HA” message on his map of the city. Has Jeremiah transformed into the Joker now that Harley is leaving the classic Joker calling card for Gordon?
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Do you know about the Jotham’s Journey advent stories? Yes, it is time to plan for advent season! I definitely wanted to be sure you knew about a series of read alouds we always enjoy during the Christmas season. Because Advent begins in just about a month! And because this fantastic series blesses us each and every year!
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This advent series of books by Arnold Ytreeide includes Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage and Tabitha’s Travels. Plus, just two years ago, the newest book in the series was introduced. Ishtar’s Odyssey . Many homeschooling families enjoy these but I’m still surprised that there are a few that don’t know about them. Our whole family participates. Hodgepodgedad reads the few pages before the children’s bedtime, starting the first Sunday of Advent. How quickly the children all get bathed and pj’d so we can all gather around and read Jotham’s Journey or another in this series.
It is the element of suspense that get our children and makes them beg to read another chapter. The author brings the Biblical setting to life – pulling together all the elements, the characters, the joy of Christ’s birth!
Special Note: we believe the story is for families with children of all ages, we do need to caution you that Jesus was not born into a sinless world. There are some quite suspenseful scenes. So, as the author cautions parents on the Information for Parents page , if you have a sensitive child, you may want to pre-read a chapter and skip over any parts you feel your younger child might be frightened by. Our youngest was five when he joined in the first time. And we find that some of these scenes that might be troubling are wonderful opportunities to discuss how we would handle a similar situation – with a Biblical response. Our experience with these stories has been nothing but positive which is exactly why I am sharing them with you! The children are always begging for at least a preview of the next night – or for another chapter!
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“ Jotham’s Journey started it all, Bartholomew’s Passage continues the adventure, and Tabitha’s Travels completes the story. Jotham and his friends will delight your family with their tales of intrigue, suspense and victory every night of Advent as their stories twist and turn and intertwine. Meet Nathan the Fool, Eliakim the wise man, and Salimar the astrologer. Shepherds, thieves, priests and inn keepers — all play vital roles in the lives of these three lost ten-year-olds.”
I am SO thankful that my friend, Little Sanctuary , shared about these advent stories several years ago. We’ve read all four and will complete our second time through this advent season.
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“Stir us up, O Lord, to make ready for your only-begotten Son. May we be able to serve you with purity of soul through the coming of him who lives and reigns.” ~ Advent Prayer, Bartholomew’s Passage
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Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children. She has seen the fruits of home education with three grads so far! With their You ARE an artist art curriculum she, "Nana" and her family are passionate about growing a love of art. She also shares helpful homeschool habits at Your Best Homeschool and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are owners of The Curriculum Choice.
October 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm
We just love the Jotham’s Journey Trilogy! Thank you for the reminder, I need to decide which book we are going to do this year.
October 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm
It is a memory-making time every year! Enjoy 🙂
November 27, 2017 at 2:58 am
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the series, and have Bartholomew to read this Advent, and Tabitha next year! I cannot recommend these enough!!! They are so special, and they are written very well, captivating the imaginations of all ages and making us think profoundly about our Savior!
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Arnold Ytreeide is a fine storyteller who cares deeply about spiritual growth in families. Ytreeide is the founder of Storyteller Productions and lives with his wife and two children in Nampa, Idaho.
A storybook for advent.
Jotham’s Journey is divided into short chapters for each day of Advent, giving families the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in their home. Ten-year-old Jotham’s adventure takes him across Israel as he searches for his family.
Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters friendly wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to his family—and to the Savior born in Bethlehem.
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Gotham Season 5 Episode 12 Review: The Beginning…
The Gotham series finale catches up with everyone in the near future in a fitting, if imperfect sendoff.
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Gotham Season 5 Episode 12
Here we are, at the end of our Gotham journey. Gotham has been many different shows over the years: a messy panoply of styles that sometimes frustrated, sometimes delighted, but almost always entertained. Last week, the end of the No Man’s Land arc and the end of our present day Gotham excursion could have been a suitable final episode.
The denouement was strong, Gordon and the GCPD victorious over Bane and Nyssa Al Ghul, Riddler and Penguin swearing to become criminal anarchists, Bruce Wayne leaving Gotham City to begin his dark destiny, and Selina Kyle tragically abandoned by the young man she had grown to love. The episode put a nice bow on all the current Gotham arcs, but this week, we have a Bat centric epilogue that dots all the Is and crosses all the Ts, but seems too dutiful to a paint by numbers agenda to really be as effective as last week’s shoulda been coulda been finale.
Things kick off with Bruce on his voyage. This is the only time we see the young Mazouz all episode as we are forced to say goodbye to the perfect young Bruce without a by your leave. Young Bruce says, “When Gotham needs me, I will return,” as Bruce begins his training in some Ra’s Al Ghul looking country. Bruce is sure to have an adventure we are not privy to but would make for a heck of a spinoff, Are you listening DC Universe?
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From there, things transition to ten years after the end of No Man’s Land as we greet Jim Gordon and his mustache. Through some clunky exposition we learn that Bruce Wayne is returning to Gotham and Wayne Towers is set to reopen after its reconstruction -and how is Mayor James still in office? Anyway, Gordon is getting ready to quit now that the true scum of Gotham has been taken off the streets and red tape and politics has become the order of the day. And oh, that mustache. It’s divine.
Speaking of the scum of Gotham, Penguin is getting out of Blackgate as Gotham City prepares to welcome Bruce Wayne home. The Penguin stuff is where this finale truly shines; there’s just not enough of it. The first Penguin sequence features Oswald gearing up in his traditional Penguin garb complete with World War I era top hat and jaunty monocle. True to the comic, Oswald has put on some weight and looks like he stepped right out of a Jerry Robinson drawing. I think we’ve all been waiting for Oswald to go full Penguin, and man, does the look just make him worthy of the Burgess Meredith legacy.
While Penguin is released from Blackgate, Riddler is in Arkham, sharing a day room with a still comatose Jeremiah. Jeremiah must endure the abuses of guards and inmates and even gets stabbed in the leg by Riddler for the shites and giggles of it. The tongue in cheek way Gotham has portrayed mental health in general has always been questionable and here we are going out on a low note. Somehow, Riddler is abducted and Jeremiah is rescued by Ecco Harley as things set up for our villainous finale.
Everything is just kind of going through the motions at this point, but wait, there’s some good a coming. We are introduced to a hero of tomorrow, the purple clad, brown haired, ten year old Barbara Gordon! Hey look, another spinoff idea! I would watch the bejeezus out of a show starring a young Babs Gordon and her brainy pals solving crime in a pre-Batman Gotham City.
Along with the future Batgirl, we are reintroduced to a seemingly legit, red headed Barbara Kean. She is now a tycoon and building up the old Sirens clock tower into a high rise to rival Wayne Enterprises. It’s funny; when Gotham first began, I couldn’t stand Barbara Kean. Everything she did (including the affair with Renee Montoya, remember that?) seemed forced. Barbara was like a shell-shocked cat just plodding through forced scene after forced scene. Now, Barbara Kean is really the biggest and best contribution that Gotham made to the Bat mythos. I would love to see criminal mastermind turned entrepreneur Barbara introduced into the comics as a love interest and foil to both Jim Gordon and Batgirl. She’s that damn cool. And now, in this finale, Barbara Kean has luxurious long red hair, a look that daughter Babs will rock while fighting crime in the future. A very nice touch.
Things seem healthy between Gordon, Barbara Kean, and little Barbara, and things also seem healthy between Lee and Gordon. Man, little Babs has two awesome mothers, huh? No wonder she grows up into a heroic icon! Sadly, the mustache is gone as Jimbo shaves the lip caterpillar, but Lee hasn’t aged a minute. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Lee also had a mustache and no one mentioned it?
Gordon, Lee, and both Barbaras seem very happy in this ten years later Gotham, but Selina Kyle, now played by Lili Simmons is still reeling from being abandoned by Bruce Wayne. And my God, does Simmons look like an adult Camren Bicondova! I know it was Bicondova’s choice not to play the adult Selina, but after all these years, I wish we got a final moment with the brilliant young actress. Replacing Bicondova in the finale would be like replacing Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in the final installment of Game of Thrones. That’s not to take anything away from Simmons who is full on Catwoman in the Gotham finale, doing the whole avoid the lasers and steal the diamond bit. Again, I would love to see more of Simmons’ Selina Kyle somewhere. Batwoman? Hello? CW?
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There really is no A plot this week as we are treated to little final vignettes showing us where our cast has landed. But there is an attempt at one as Harvey is on the case trying to find the recently on-the-lamb Riddler. Bullock stumbles into a trap as a cop is forced into committing suicide, framing Bullock for his murder. With Riddler seemingly out and about, Penguin suits up in the classic Penguin garb. And boy, does he look good. I really need to see both Robin Taylor and Cory Michael Smith as proper rogues somewhere as the fully realized villains. Once again I plead to the talents behind the coming Batwoman? Which all brings us to our first encounter between Gordon and a certain Caped Crusader; it’s all very reminiscent of Batman’s smoky appearances in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. And if I’m all over the place, so is the episode.
From first encounters to callbacks as Gordon and Penguin end up back at that fateful pier where Gordon failed to kill Penguin so long ago. Now we’re getting to something! If Gotham has been anything it has been a long form look into the stories of Oswald Cobblepot and Jim Gordon. The show truly began with the confrontation between the future Penguin and Gordon on that pier, when Carmine Falcone ordered Gordon to kill Oswald, then, just the umbrella boy for Fish Mooney. Now, we’re back on that pier as Penguin has the gun on Gordon. Now, both men have transformed into their iconic selves and the contrast between the not yet evolved season one is striking. Gordon escapes Penguin as the top-hatted villain screams his dismay, but that sequence was fun and reminds one how far we and the show has come.
Riddler has plans of his own as he tries to blow up Wayne Tower and the Mayor but he is stopped. It becomes clear that he had nothing to do with the Bullock framing. We also have our first instance of Alfred making excuses for disappearing from a function, which is in one way cute as heck but in another way, it reduces Alfred (and Lucius Fox) to background characters in Gordon’s drama. We’ve spent too much time with Alfred not to get a check in on what his life is like without Bruce. There’s just too much Bat service in lieu of character service happening in this finale and we’ve been with these characters too long for this.
And as we all figured, it all comes down to Jeremiah, who still isn’t called Joker ! So Jeremiah’s existence in Arkham consisted of being beaten, stabbed, burned, abused, and humiliated while he was in a vegetative state. And it was all part of his plan. Jeremiah was faking and when he hears that Bruce is back, Jeremiah simply stands up and puts his plan into action. Okay, that’s kind of badass. Not flinching while being stabbed in the leg so he can enact his long game. That’s very Jeremiah. That’s very Joker.
Not only does this episode serve as a precursor to Batman, but the Birds of Prey as well as the ending sees Jeremiah shooting (not fatally) Barbara Kean and abducting Barbara Gordon from the clock tower. First off, comic fans know the clock tower becomes the future HQ of Batgirl and her Birds of Prey, but in this finale, the future Batgirl witnesses the arrival of Batman. Jeremiah takes little Babs to Ace Chemical, the place where the Joker was born. A confrontation with Gordon follows where Batman easily makes the save. And little Barbara witnesses it all. She sees the birth of heroism and you can almost palpably feel the Bat legacy pass to little Babs. It’s very appropriate that Barbara represents the heroic linage of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, Lee Thompkins, and Barbara Kean and those legacies will make her into a legend. Really, this finale does not succeed on many levels, but boy would it work as the intro to Batgirl.
As all this plays out, we have our answer on whether Ecco is actually Harley, and the answer is no as Jeremiah shoots Harley while proclaiming they’ll never be another like her. Nice little irony there, but for five years, Harley had been teased, and we’re left with a cute little wink and nod.
With Jeremiah easily defeated, I can’t help being a little disappointed that the finale was really all about the Joker and not Penguin and Riddler, the villains we have followed for five years. I know you can’t fit everything, but there was no Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Mister Freeze, or Victor Zsasz, character we have spent a great deal of time with over the years. Hey, remember when Harvey Dent was a thing on Gotham ? That didn’t last, huh?
But it is Penguin and Riddler who get short thrift. They are left cowering on a street corner after the spy Batman’s shadow. They are left as punchline and we never really get a wrap up to any of their character arcs other than that they become kind of dopey and evil. Selina gets a fun little farewell as Batman pays Catwoman a visit. She pours her heart out and screams at him for leaving her, but also says that he inspired her to greatness. Batman, from the shadows, asks her to return the diamond. Now, that perfectly encapsulates the Bat and Cat relationship.
We’re at the end; it’s time to say goodbye. And there were some surprises. We all probably thought Barbara Kean had to die, but she came too far to just be shunted off so the heroic journeys of Batgirl and Gordon can continue. We end with Gordon and Bullock turning on the signal and Batman’s arrival . It’s all a bit awkward as this Batman is kind of skinny faced and the episode treats us to the most undramatic shot of Batman possible. During the press for this final season, the brain trust of Gotham promised we wouldn’t simply get the Smallville flyby; we would get the full Batman. Well, we did and not much more as the finale was more focused on filling out columns then it was finding clever and memorable resolutions to character stories we’ve spent five years watching unfold. Instead, we are left with a bit of cosplay and dramatic music.
But that shouldn’t be Gotham’s legacy. The legacy should be a daring, oftentimes punch-drunk series that played by its own rules and presented some unexpected and unforgettable takes on some comic book legends. It featured an excellent cast that we all fell in love with. It was a mish mash of styles and stories that didn’t always stick the landing, but damn, was Gotham earnest. So even though the finale disappointed, here’s to Gotham , a series like no other, and one that I wish would continue in the myriad Bat television projects to come. So good luck, Batwoman . Good luck, Pennyworth . You have a… uniquelegacy to live up to.
Read more about Gotham Season 5 here .
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- The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.
- In crime ridden Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered before young Bruce Wayne's eyes. Although Gotham City Police Department detectives, James Gordon, and his cynical partner, Harvey Bullock, seem to solace's the case quickly, things are not so simple. Inspired by Bruce's traumatized desire for justice, Gordon vows to find it amid Gotham's corruption. Thus begins Gordon's lonely quest that would set him against his own comrades and the underworld with their own deadly rivalries and mysteries. In the coming wars, innocence will be lost and compromises will be made as some criminals will fall as casualties while others will rise as super villains. All the while, young Bruce observes this war with a growing obsession that would one day drive him to seek his own justice against the evil of Gotham as The Batman. — Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])
- Years before the first appearance of the Batman, GCPD lieutenant Jim Gordon takes up an impossible task: cleaning up the most morally bankrupt city on earth. As Gordon fights against corruption, criminals and lunatics, Bruce Wayne prepares for his journey to become the most feared vigilante this city has ever seen.
- In the crime ridden city of Gotham, Detective James Gordon attempts to rid the city of crime after the Wayne murders. See the early days of villains and heroes like The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, and even the masked crusader himself, Batman
- The good. The evil. The beginning. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them - the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. It follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. — ahmetkozan
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Following Jotham’s Journey
WORLD Radio - Following <em>Jotham’s Journey</em>
Reviewer Whitney Williams takes a new look at a classic Advent resource for families
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MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Next up on The World and Everything in It : Preparing for Advent.
Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it the beginning of the Christmas season. Many families use Advent resources to prepare their hearts to remember the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.
NICK EICHER, HOST: But for families with young children with lots of energy, finding an Advent book that keeps kids and parents engaged can be a challenge.
BROWN: WORLD reviewer Whitney Williams now to share a classic advent book that brings the whole family into the story of Christ’s first coming
AUDIOBOOK: “They think I’m dead! Jotham wailed out loud. “They think I was killed by some animal and dragged off to be eaten!” And then he began to cry again, not a cry of anger anymore, and not a cry of loneliness. A cry of fear.
WHITNEY WILLIAMS, REVIEWER: That’s a clip from the audiobook, Jotham’s Journey , written by Arnold Ytreeide and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
AUDIOBOOK: “I want my father,” he cried, and fell with his face in the dirt, clutching his little blanket. I want my father!”
Jotham is a ten-year-old Hebrew boy who sets out on a harrowing, action-packed journey to find his family after being separated from them due to his own sinful stubbornness.
Along the way, Jotham receives help and hospitality from friends, like Biblical characters Zechariah and Elizabeth, who tell him of the coming Messiah.
AUDIOBOOK: “‘My wife and I have wanted a child for fifty years, but always she is barren. Yet this Angel is telling me that we will have a child in our old age!” Zechariah almost shouted at Jotham. “Is it any wonder that I doubted those words?”
But not everyone Jotham meets is helpful or historical. Take the fictional character, Eliakim. He’s a caravan leader who slaps Jonathan to the ground, holds a sword to his neck, and works to sell him into slavery:
AUDIOBOOK: “Yes, we shall see what price we get for a worthless boy,” he said again, laughing. Then turning to the men of his tribe he yelled, “Bind him!”
Jotham’s Journey is divided into short, 10-20 minute daily readings that couple the fictional story with a related devotional, candle lighting, and scripture reading, giving parents a springboard for solid spiritual discussion. Here’s one question from Week 2.
AUDIOBOOK: Jotham feels like his whole world has just fallen apart. Not only is his life in danger, but he’s traveling farther and farther away from his family. Surely, this can’t be God’s way of working things out, can it?
As Jotham slowly makes his way to Bethlehem, thinking his family might be heading there for the census, readers gradually make their way to the place of Jesus’ birth, as well, just in time.
AUDIOBOOK: “Jotham, wake up!” The voice was hissing in his ear, and Jotham swatted at it as if it was an annoying bug. “I need your help, my friend. Some more travelers have arrived—a man and a woman. I tried to send them away, but the woman is about to have a child. I need you to help me clean out the stable again so they may sleep there.”
One caution–in chapter 22, the author mentions that God “accepts all people wherever they are in their own spiritual journey.” Parents may want to clarify that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
And while those familiar with the nativity story can probably guess how this book ends, that doesn’t make it any less magical.
AUDIOBOOK: “How could such a child save the entire world?” Jotham wondered. But he didn’t worry about it. He just accepted it and thought what a marvelous day this was.
I’m Whitney Williams.
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Batman: TAS Made Gotham City Its Darkest Character
- The first season of Batman's animated series featured two Gotham-centric episodes that highlighted the city's sins.
- The show featured Gotham City as an important character with its own dark personality and disturbing secrets.
- Gotham City's widespread corruption made Batman's heroism even more compelling.
The Dark Knight's iconic television series delivered a grim interpretation of Gotham City. Bruce Wayne's hometown is one of DC Comics' most well-known fictional settings. The core motivation behind Batman's vigilantism is directly tied to his city's shortcomings. After all, Bruce lost both of his parents due to Gotham's overwhelming crime problem. The setting has generally been a key narrative ingredient in most of the caped crusader's adventures. Yet there was one television series that handled Gotham's depiction better than other Batman adaptations.
Batman: The Animated Series followed the exploits of Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, as he fought to protect Gotham City. The show was a major storytelling accomplishment for both the character and the DC Animated Universe overall. Its renditions of villains like Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker cemented the twisted infamy of Batman's rogues gallery. Furthermore, BTAS captured the unique atmosphere of its urban setting in ways that Batman's films couldn't fully manage.
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Nolan's batman films showed why gotham city needs personality.
Gotham hasn't always had the best narrative treatment in Batman media. Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy in particular demonstrated how the fictional setting can be misused. The Dark Knight films, which charted Bruce Wayne's journey from solitary vigilante to heroic legend, were some of the best Batman adaptations ever made . But one of their greatest storytelling weaknesses was their flawed depiction of Gotham City. Nolan's films mostly abandoned the gothic, dilapidated aesthetic that made the city a memorable locale in previous Batman stories. Instead, the trilogy's two concluding films portrayed Gotham as identical to modern-day Chicago or New York City.
Bruce Wayne's iconic hometown lost its uniquely crime-ridden atmosphere in favor of sterile realism, and it compromised the character's depiction. Batman has always been a compelling hero because the setting itself has, in most of his stories, been just as dark as he is. A polluted and decaying city like Gotham needs a grim crusader to watch over its streets. Yet the Dark Knight films largely rejected this concept. They presented a visually clean and polished metropolis that didn't look like it needed a Batman. Gotham's generic appearance was problematic in those adaptations because it detracted from Batman's disposition and vigilante crusade.
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The dcau turned gotham city itself into an antagonist.
BTAS properly showcased the massive influence Gotham can have on Batman's stories. The setting of Gotham City especially haunted Bruce Wayne in episodes 23 and 27 of the animated series' first season. During Episode 23, " The Forgotten ," Batman investigated a string of abductions committed against the city's homeless population. He later made the disturbing discovery that criminals were kidnapping the homeless, and forcing them to work in a slave camp outside the city. Batman then uncovered more of Gotham's injustices in Episode 27, " The Underdwellers ." He learned that a Gotham resident had imprisoned orphan children in the city's sewers.
Although these two episodes were separate stories, they did connect together in regard to one theme: characterizing the darkness of Gotham. BTAS established Gotham as a sinister character with its own dark personality. Gotham City lived and breathed corruption on every level, from its streets all the way down to its underground waterways. The shadowy atmosphere of these episodes made the city appear as if it was actively concealing its worst atrocities from Batman like they were forbidden secrets. The Gotham-centric episodes proved that Batman's city can be a more unsettling villain than many of his murderous foes.
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Batman's wealth gave him a better childhood than most of gotham's orphans.
"The Underdwellers" episode used present-day Gotham City to analyze Bruce Wayne's past. Batman experienced his first meeting with one of the underdwellers when he met Frog, a young pickpocket who resided in the sewers. He saved Frog from an oncoming train and decided to bring the orphan to Wayne Manor, where he asked Alfred to take care of Frog. As Alfred provided Frog with a warm bed and a hearty meal, he noticed that Frog didn't know how to use basic eating utensils. The dark knight later met Frog's friends in the sewers, witnessing firsthand how miserable and hungry they were. BTAS used Frog and the underdwellers as a powerful contrast to Batman's life.
Bruce Wayne was an orphan who lost his parents at a young age , much like Gotham's underdwellers did. However, Bruce had the luxury of being born into a wealthy family. He had a mansion, his parents' inheritance, and a butler who essentially became his father figure. Gotham's underdwellers showed that the rest of the city's orphans didn't experience the same fortune. These children lacked the same resources and were forced to live among the city's filthiest cesspools. The episode effectively suggested that young Bruce, despite the tragic loss of his parents, still had greater privilege than the rest of Gotham's orphans. He was deeply out of touch with the widespread poverty that affected his city.
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Bruce wayne discovered how cruel gotham's streets can be.
BTAS ' "The Forgotten" arc forced Bruce to view the harsh reality of Gotham City. During the episode, Bruce heard rumors that Gotham's homeless population was mysteriously vanishing from its streets. Moreover, the Gotham police didn't pay much attention or priority to the disappearances of the homeless. Bruce Wayne decided to disguise himself as a drifter, Gaff Morgan, and he went undercover among Gotham's drifters in the slums. Three men suddenly attacked and kidnapped him, inflicting a head injury that induced memory loss and made Bruce forget his real identity. While Alfred worried over Bruce's strange absence from Wayne Manor, Bruce toiled in a remote homeless labor camp.
"The Forgotten" was a noteworthy episode because it made Batman experience Gotham City's cruelty from the perspective of a non-wealthy person. Severed from the safety net of Wayne Manor and Batman's gadgets, Bruce Wayne instead became one of the city's impoverished victims. The amnesiac angle of the episode reinforced an ugly truth -- Gotham City turned its back on an entire class of forgotten itinerants. The police hardly cared about protecting the city's homeless from brutal victimization. Moreover, Bruce's ignorance about the kidnappings suggested that Batman wasn't entirely innocent of these neglected duties either.
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Batman feared that gotham's issues were unsolvable.
The DCAU's Gotham City presented a terrible dilemma for Bruce Wayne. Batman's animated series revealed Bruce's anxieties about his city during a nightmare scene in "The Forgotten." While Bruce slept in the labor camp, he dreamed that he was still in Gotham, where he walked the streets of its impoverished neighborhoods. Gotham's poorest citizens approached Bruce and asked for money, and he gladly gave them cash. But a crowd of begging hands swarmed him as he was unable to support all of them. He wept at the sight before waking up. Bruce's fears made him doubt whether Gotham's widespread issues of poverty were truly solvable. Even though Bruce was one of Gotham's wealthy elite, he was powerless to stop the city from being a living nightmare for its destitute citizens.
Furthermore, these Gotham-focused episodes implied that Bruce's heroic persona was responsible as well. The antagonists of these episodes -- the Sewer King and Boss Biggis -- were not well-known supervillains. They were relatively unexceptional humans who abused and enslaved the city's vulnerable populations. However, their lack of infamy was likely an indirect product of Batman's mission. While Batman focused his attention on the Joker and other supervillains, these small-time crooks operated in secrecy. Boss Biggis and the Sewer King embodied the unaddressed demons of Gotham society, and how such issues worsened the city over time.
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Gotham's condition made batman's heroism even stronger.
The caped crusader ultimately refused to allow Gotham's inhabitants to continue suffering. When Batman regained his memory in "The Forgotten," he liberated the labor camp workers and apprehended their ruthless boss. Afterward, he even invited some of the homeless prisoners to work at Waynetech Enterprises. Batman continued his efforts during "The Underdwellers" when he descended into the sewers and freed the orphan children while capturing the Sewer King in the process. The animated series version of Batman was an inspirational figure due to Gotham City's brutal characterization. No matter how dark and corrupt the city became, Batman still believed it could become better. He decided that helping as many of Gotham's citizens as possible was better than accepting that his hometown couldn't be saved. Batman's dedicated optimism turned him into the antithesis of Gotham City's despair and made him the ideal hero that the city needed .
Bruce Wayne's hometown has always been a compelling facet of Batman's adventures, and his animated series proved it. The Gotham-centric episodes perfectly showcased the setting's corruptive effects on its citizens. The show's characterization of Gotham showed exactly why Batman was such an inspirational figure for his city.
Batman: The Animated Series
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.
Release Date 1992-09-05
Cast Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, arleen sorkin
Main Genre Animation
Genres Superhero, Action, Adventure
Number of Episodes 109
“I can’t be bought, but I can be stolen with one glance. I'm worthless to one, but priceless to two. What am I? Love.”
— Ed’s riddle for Oswald
How 'Gotham' redefined 2 iconic Batman villains for the better
‘Gotham’ is streaming in its entirety on Netflix until September 29. Here’s one reason (among many) that it’s worth watching the show while you still can.
In October of 2016, Gotham made TV history.
The Batman prequel show about a city police department , a teenage Bruce Wayne , and a bunch of not-yet-super villains had been hinting at one gay relationship for years. Then, in its third season, what was previously just a relationship imagined by fans (or a ship, for short) became actual series canon. Well, sort of.
Gotham was notable for many reasons, from its portrayal of street-level crime in the city the Wayne family helped build to its ghoulish take on the Joker . But perhaps the most interesting plotline the DC series ever pulled off focuses on the Penguin and the Riddler.
Gotham is streaming in its entirety on Netflix until September 29. Here’s one reason (among many) that it’s worth watching the show while you still can.
Oswald and Ed
Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) and Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) in Gotham .
In the first season of Gotham, fans meet a low-level criminal named Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who would become the Penguin; and forensic science technician Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), who would become the Riddler. Their first encounter was charged but short-lived, and by Season 2 they became a popular ship known to fans as “ Nygmobblepot .”
Then, in Season 3, everything changed.
In Season 3, Episode 5 — “Follow the White Rabbit” — Oswald and Ed’s relationship went from subtext to text after Oswald confesses his love for Ed. It turns out Oswald is just practicing, and Ed isn’t even in the room to hear it. But by having him declare his love out loud, Gotham unambiguously confirmed that his feelings were romantic. Yes, it was one-sided. Yes, in the very next scene Ed met a woman and fell for her. But that’s the nature of TV.
Having Oswald declare his love, only for Ed to be with someone else, put Penguin/Riddler on the exact same level as popular straight will-they-won’t-theys from the time like Jonah and Amy on Superstore or Ross and Rachel in Friends . (To be fair, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a gay relationship in a DC series, but Penguin is probably the most well-known character to break that barrier.)
As a gay man, I was immediately invested. Penguin was a monster, but his vulnerability around Ed was just emotionally resonant enough to suck you in.
The Penguin and the Riddler
Penguin and Riddler don their classic costumes in Gotham Season 5.
In the end, the relationship wasn’t all it could’ve been. They didn’t end up together, they didn’t kiss and there was nothing explicit confirming that Ed reciprocated Oswald’s feelings. But in the nearly three years between “Follow the White Rabbit” and the series finale, Gotham took me on a journey that no other gay ship has lived up to.
I admit it would’ve been better queer representation if Ed had been confirmed as interested in men. But I did really enjoy how much Ed’s sexuality didn’t matter. Over and over again, Ed (and by extension the writers) had the opportunity to say he could never be interested in any man romantically. Instead, he always reiterated that he could never love Oswald because of the things he’d done. Gotham is a story about a gay man with a crush on his best friend that zips right past Oh no, what if he’s straight? and into I murdered someone and now we’re enemies locked in an eternal battle for vengeance .
As the relationship went on, it only became more entertaining and bizarre. The magic behind the Penguin/Riddler ship was the same thing that made Gotham great in general: a combination of intensity and silliness. They were caught up in a violent psychosexual thriller, but at times it felt more like they were in a Road Runner cartoon or an Odd Couple -style sitcom about two petty people constantly annoyed at each other’s quirks.
The city skyline in Gotham .
The larger-than-life world of cartoon savagery on Gotham made it the perfect show to create a refreshing gay ship in 2016. Earlier that year, just before the Penguin/Riddler will-they-won’t-they kicked into gear, three very different shows — Halt and Catch Fire , Quantico, and The Fosters — all presented storylines where a queer man becomes close to a man of more ambiguous orientation, only for it to end in tragedy. Seeing this play out over and over again across different genres was exhausting and left me with the sense that any ship involving two men that’s not unambiguously happy from the jump will only end in sorrow. Then came Gotham .
In Gotham ’s mid-Season 3 finale “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies,” Ed murders Oswald. The scene was incredible, full of epic romance and sexual tension. Oswald declared that Riddler and Penguin can’t exist without each other. Ed looked pained. He didn’t want this to happen either, but he had no choice. The epic romance wasn’t the main thing that made this scene different from other similar scenes. The big difference was simple: Oswald survived.
When Gotham came back from winter hiatus, Oswald returned with a ridiculous explanation about Poison Ivy pulling him out of the river and nursing him back to health. He happily declared that he was going to murder Ed. Later in the show, Oswald got his revenge by completely freezing Ed him in ice but, don’t worry, Ed bounced back.
That’s Gotham for you. It’s one of the few superhero shows that really captured the feeling of following comics, where characters are sloppily tossed out or brought back as needed.
But to me, these goofy quasi-murders were more than that. Oswald and Ed were so satisfying to watch because they could experience tragedy and it still didn’t matter. It wasn’t a show that treated its gay characters with kid gloves, giving them nothing but wholesome and pure relationships. But it also didn’t relegate queer male relationships to darkness and tragedy. Instead, it suggested that the bond between two men can be so powerful that even if they both murder each other, it will in no way stop them from flirting.
Gotham is streaming on Netflix until September 29.
BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM
Collecting the acclaimed 5-issue miniseries from writers Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and Kyle Higgins (NIGHTWING)! When a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces, Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives – including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others – to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman's team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham's history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts. This miniseries spins out of recent events in the Batman titles and sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011. This volume also includes BATMAN ANNUAL #28 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #12.
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Bon Jovi is getting the whole band back together for a new docuseries that has been picked up by Hulu .
The streamer has acquired Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story , a four-part series directed by Gotham Chopra.
The announcement comes the day after the 40 th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut, eponymous album, which included the hit Runaway .
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Richie Sambora, who joined the band in 1983 after the departure of original lead guitarist Dave Sabo, who is also presumably in the series, quit the band in 2013. The band has most recently featured keyboardist David Bryan, who was the first to get a call after Jon Bon Jovi landed a record deal, drummer Tico Torres, bassist Hugh McDonald, who essentially replaced Alec John Such, who left the band in 1994 and guitarist Phil X.
The band has sold over 130M albums including 1986’s Slippery When Wet , 1988’s New Jersey and 1992’s Keep The Faith.
The series will launch on April 26 in the U.S. and will be followed internationally on Disney+ and Star+ in Latin America. It is produced by Religion of Sports, the company founded by Chopra, and Michael Strahan and Tom Brady, who the singer has previously said made him a “better singer”. Despite being a Jersey guy, Jon Bon Jovi is a Patriots fan and close to ownership.
The docu-series is an ROS production, the banner of filmmaker Gotham Chopra.
It will feature forty years of personal videos, unreleased early demos, original lyrics and never-before-seen photos that chronicle the journey from Jersey Shore clubs to the biggest stages on the planet. It will relive the band’s triumphs and setbacks, greatest hits, biggest disappointments and most public moments of friction.
Chopra will also exec produce alongside Giselle Parets and Ameeth Sankaran for ROS. It is produced and edited by Alex Trudeau Viriato.
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