It’s a bold move indeed to launch a television series steeped in the mythology of Batman without including the Caped Crusader himself. Fox’s Gotham attempts to do just this, by choosing instead to center on Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the city’s lone hero who looks to avenge the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, put an end to the corruption within the police department, and clean up the mob menace that currently rules the streets. It’s a solid start, if not a groundbreaking one, that should please both comic book fanatics and police-procedural regulars alike. There are plenty of nods to the Great Detective’s mythos and Rogues Gallery in this stylized noir version of the title town, but Gotham also leans heavily on familiar (and proven) tropes from the ever-popular detective dramas. Time will tell if the Batman-less gamble pays off, but for now, hit the jump for my recap of Gotham’s premiere.