Why Gotham Knights Show Failed – Comic Book Movies & Superhero Movie News – SuperHeroHype

Canceled after one season and 13 episodes, Gotham Knights It had almost no chance of being a successful show, despite everything the Batman adaptation did right.

Gotham Knights lacked studio support

Gotham Knights faced management changes after production began. The series focuses on a group of teenagers framed by the murder of Bruce Wayne. They became the heroes Gotham City needed, as they tried to clear their names and thwart the machinations of the Court of Owls.

Unfortunately, this concept came into conflict with the new management of The CW, after the network was purchased by Nexstar Media Group in late 2022. The new management drastically reduced the number of scripted dramas and shows based on licensed properties. Instead, the channel will focus on more unscripted content aimed at an older audience. The youth-focused Gotham Knights had no place in this new formation.

Despite that, Gotham Knights might have found a new home in Max. Unfortunately, the new management at DC Studios is trying to unite the studios’ TV, film, and animation productions into a single, shared DCU setup. Simply? There was no place in his plan for a show where Batman was dead.

Gotham Knights didn’t have a clear audience

Another problem Gotham Knights faced was that it wasn’t clear who the show was for, other than fans of teen dramas like Riverdale. Batman fans had little reason to give the show a chance, especially those eager to see the Dark Knight. Other shows, such as Gotham, Pennyworth, and Batwoman, have tried the same with mixed results.

Fans of the Arrowverse setting might have given the show a chance if it was connected to shows like The Flash or Stargirl. Unfortunately, it was established early on that the show was not set in the Earth-Prime scenario or one of the connected alternate Earths. This left those fans, already disillusioned with The CW, little reason to watch.

Gotham Knights suffered brand confusion

Another problem was that the show shares its name with a video game from 2022, also set in an alternate Gotham City after Batman’s death. The stories of the game and the show were remarkably similar, with the Court of Owls being the main antagonist of both. This led many to believe that the game and the show were directly connected, rather than independent of the Batman mythology.

Unfortunately, Gotham Knights received mediocre reviews. The game received a score of 67 on Metacritic, with many critics and players comparing the game unfavorably to the Arkham Trilogy. The main complaints revolved around repetitive gameplay, poor graphics, and a pointless crafting component. This only further poisoned the show’s reputation.

The idea of ​​new heroes rising up to protect Gotham City in Batman’s absence is not without merit. In fact, it appears in several comic book stories. Unfortunately, those readers who tuned into Gotham Knights hoping to see Nightwing or Batgirl were doomed to disappointment. Although Gotham Knights used the comics to establish its team, it chose some of the darkest new heroes of the Modern Age, such as Harper Row, her brother Cullen Row, and The Spoiler, Stephanie Brown.

Instead of bringing in Dick Grayson or Tim Drake, Gotham Knights’ Robin was a girl named Carrie Kelley. Modeled after Robin from Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, the inclusion of Carrie did nothing to appease fans who wanted to see Jason Todd or Damian Wayne. In this reality, Bruce Wayne only adopted one son, an original character named Turner Hayes. This only served to alienate those comic book fans who were hoping to see their favorite characters live.

Gotham Knights didn’t feel like a superhero show

Perhaps the biggest problem Gotham Knights faced was that it didn’t feel like a superhero show, despite being closely tied to the Batman mythology. While they focused on a team of teenage vigilantes, none of the young heroes wore a costume or mask as they took to the field.

According to sources cited by the Hollywood Reporter, Gotham Knights was “the least expensive DC series The CW has ever aired.” It certainly looked like it, with most of the teenage heroes hiding their identities by wearing hoodies.

Why Gotham Knights Deserved Better

The sad irony is that Gotham Knights was better than its low budget and concept would suggest. The ensemble played off each other fantastically and brought their characters to life perfectly.

It also boasted sharp writing, which drew on Scott Snyder’s writing and reconciled many conflicting versions of Harvey Dent from the comics. It also featured what is easily the most realistic version of Two-Face, with Misha Collins giving a masterful performance as a man struggling with dissociative identity disorder and losing. Unfortunately, none of this was enough to save Gotham Knights, leaving it as a one-season wonder, comparable to the spectacle of Constantine and Birds of Prey.

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