• Jim Gordon – handsome, heroic, brave, main
character – ‘The Hero’
• Harvey Bullock – rugged, corrupt, brutish – ‘The
• Oswald Cobblepot – weak, anti-hero, puny,
calculating, occasional ally to the main character.
• Edward Nygma – odd, awkward, disliked, comes off
as annoying, obsessive – ‘The Donor’
• Fish Mooney – cruel, seductive, dangerous,
• Selina Kyle – rebellious, independent, young.
• Bruce Wayne – lonesome, determined, naive.
• Gotham – (based on the Batman source material)
grim, dirty, corrupt, dangerous, urban.
• Police station – busy, filled with criminals.
• Main storyline focuses on the murder of Thomas and
Martha Wayne although each episode features a
different case and the main storyline is turned into
more of a reference rather than a focus.
• Multi-strand narrative – different events going on.
• Non-linear - there are occasional flashbacks.
• Lighting - film noir, low key lighting, very little
brightness even for scenes outside – suitable for the
‘crime’ aspect of the show
• Mise en scene – smart clothing (suits, skirts, blouses,
dresses), police uniforms, leather jackets motifs for
certain characters (Harvey Bullock and Selina Kyle)
– represents their rebellious and brutish nature, lab
coats (Edward Nygma) – represents the smartness
and weird characteristics of the character.
• Props – guns, police cars – represents the justice
from the police but also the danger of the mobs.
• Constant theme of revenge focuses on Oswald
Cobblepot versus the mob.
• Murder – each episode is consists of Jim Gordon
and Harvey Bullock trying to solve a case of a
• A few sexual references – for example, Fish Mooney
owns a club in the red light district.
• Sound – non-diegetic ‘action’ music, upbeat.
• Camerawork – establishing shots at the start of the
episodes ( usually of the city), low angle shots of
buildings of interest, close up shots to express the
emotions of characters, over the shoulder shots
(often used with the character of Oswald
Copplepot to represent the idea he’s always being