I havent seen a Pilot in a long time, this usually are early access episodes that most of the time dont air, Im not sure if this series will move forward or cancel.
Batman Tv Series are hard to perform since its a character with a lot of personality and probably actors turn to over react to get the correct reaction from the audience. I look up on internet and based on a few sites this series is not related to the game which actually didn't have much success.
From the writers of Batwoman Tv Show, his story starts with Batman been killed in a Joker style and in the process four teenagers attempting to steal a gun get involve in the crime, their record is dirty so they are about to go to jail until Batman adopted son gets involve been accused of paying the killer to put down Bruce Wayne for good.
Navia Ziraili Robinson - Carrie Kelley
Fallon Smythe - Harper Row
Tyler DiChiara - Cullen Row
Anna Lore - Stephanie Brown
Oscar Morgan - Turner Hayes
Olivia Rose Keegan - Duela
Misha Collins - Harvey Dent
Bruce Wayne is murdered and his adopted son forges an alliance with the children of Batman's enemies. As the city becomes more dangerous, these mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors, known as the Gotham Knights. Source
Pilot starts with Bruce Wayne adopted son, Turner Hays practicing fencing at school, if you are Bruce's adapted son for sure will be on a fancy school and have time to practice sports as he might follow Batman steps you might think but this story is the opposite for now at least. Turner decided to throw a party at the mansion after his dad couldn't be on his fencing match.
At the party he met Carrie who knows more about him that he would imagine, Carrie is Robyn on the series just that nobody knows yet. Most of the actors are a bit plane, the one with more expression the one that look more natural is Duela, Jokers son, the rest look like they have no feelings specially Turner and as I mention at first Batman is always full of character, seriousness, criminals fear him and you cant be that acting simple and vague.
Duela and her crew get paid $100k to steal the gun that kill Bruce Waynes fathers from his office, the moment they get in and found the gun, it was warm like it has recently been use, Duela goes with Harper Row and Culler Row, two brothers that for now I dont have much info but the actors have same problem as Turner, no facial expressions, usually on Batman there are many personalities like Alfred always ultra educated and wize, Joker acting crazy as F every single second like full of energy and about to explode, Robyn been defensive and alert trying to solve the murder or case at hand and so far Duela is the only one that I can tell have some sort of personality.
As they get the gun look at the window just to find a sign "Your Bat is Dead" in a very Joker style and there are police with helicopters everywhere. Duela and the Row brothers escape and here probably the best scene of the Pilot, watching Duela making reference to best Joker ever Heath Ledger.
Duela and the Row brothers get into a cop car and run away from the scene, Duela sitting in the back stick her face out of the windows to then trow the cop hat in the air.
Everything Batman related has so much potential as its a strong story backed by many a few great movies but there are constant failures too as its not easy to get "The Dark Knight" level of perfection when it comes to Batman movies, it has a 9/10 a very high score for any movie and the highest score for Batman content related until the day of this post, but as I mention there are failures like Batman & Robin. The story has a lot of potential but you need great actors to make it come alive, in this case a Tv Series has more slack since actors could get better along the way but its crucial to do it fast as they can get cancel very soon, I dont have too many hopes on this show.
Suspects escape, Bruce is found dead he got shot and thrown out of his office window, comes Harvey Dent as usual a lawyer who in this case will try to make justice for Bruce and his family, Turner.
Harvey goes to the Wayne mansion and tells Turner his dad has been murder, Bruce Wayne, Harvey then sits down with him and tells him he will get to the end of this and find out what happen, Turner original fathers were murder too and now Bruce, he also ask Turner if he knew Bruce was Batman and all he does is complain why he was never told, he tries to cry to it look empty I really dont see Oscar Morgan been at the level everyone would expect from Batman son.
In the image above look how his friend Stephanie Brown look astonish as they accidentally discover the Batcave, thats the classic way as in many other scenes on movies but he has no expression at all.
After Duela and the Row brothers escape they eventually get capture, since the beginning they were frame, someone pay them $100k to be at the crime scene as their intentions were just to steal a famous gun.
Turner goes back to the Batcave with Ana his "best friend" to investigate from where the money came and found out that it came from Turner bank account, they thought to provide this info to the police although the police was already there and got Turner arrested.
If Turner can get at least to the level of Duela, regards to acting, I think this may have a shot. Keep in mind Im only complaining about the actors and a few things about the story but from what I read online the story is very bad if you are a hard core Batman fan, I have seen most of the movies and Tv Shows but this is a story from the comic books if Im not mistaken so its not that popular among simple mortals like me.
At jail Duela and Row brothers start a fight to get the keys for their handcuffs and latter escape when they get transported somewhere else.
The plan works out great although there were a few details about the escape scene I didnt like, it was dumb that there was free access from the back of the truck to the driver. Its a bit frustrating that there are details like this considering that the director of the plot is Danny Cannon the same director as Gotham the Tv Series, I know he is not the writer but he could do something about this mistakes.
Not only that Turner is the worst character on the show now he wants to do the right thing and get in the way of Duela making things easy for the cops who are trying to frame them but now Turner made things easy for them and are going to kill them.
Seconds before they get killed by the cops, Robyn shows up, Carrie Kelley as Robyn, there were some explosions and kicking, effects were good not bad at all so far the music, the surrounding is ok but its Turner and the Row brothers that bother me as their acting is not good. Im not expecting this to be at Gotham level, this is Gotham for teenagers so Im fine with it be like that.
Robyn saves them and talk to Turner about his dad, how she became Robyn and how much Bruce love him, this calm him down and stop btching about it.
They all escape and then hide at a clock tower, start discussing how they can clean up their name but in the meantime Harvey tells the press that they are all fugitives. Cullen stole a watch from one of the cops, the watch has the symbol of the Court of the Owls, this is the elite group that runs Gotham they are the ones who kill Bruce most likely for power and control the city, Duela is the only one that knows about them and try to explain the rest that its no joke.
The pilot was ok ish, a bit boring but I guess some series are like that at first, I hope it gets better and as I mention the only thing that really got me is how the main character is so boring, the sound and effects are good and the few actions scenes were not bad and my opinion comes just from an entertaining point of view since I can not tell if the story is just as the comics not sure if its even the story is the exact plot as the game with the same name. The initial score is very bad but the game as far as I know was not great neither.
This series is probably one that would prefer to watch latter on instead of been disappointed on the first episodes, just let the season finish and watch it on a single weekend.