We Are Gotham

Finding American Society in the Television Series

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About the Book

The television series Gotham gave viewers a unique perspective on the fascinating world of Batman, the legendary comic book character. More than a simple “origin story,” the series introduces viewers to a pre-Batman Gotham City, where young hero-cop James Gordon fights a one-man war on crime. In a city where crime is evolving from traditional organized crime to a city plagued by flamboyant and psychotic “super villains,” there is a desperate need for a Batman. All of this is witnessed by Bruce Wayne, who was orphaned after his parents were murdered.
This book details how characters and story lines throughout the series touch on modern America: our ethics and flaws, our fears and aspirations. Chapters also explore the show’s unique twists to classic depictions of the franchise’s characters, who have been adored by millions of fans across the decades. Throughout the text, the authors examine Gotham for its insight into 21st-century America, concluding in the exhilarating and frightening conclusion that “We ARE Gotham.”

About the Author(s)

Richard A. Hall has taught courses on various areas of American Popular Culture as well as U.S. Military History. After serving four years in the US Army, he attended Texas A&M International University in Laredo, finishing his BA and MA before receiving his PhD in History from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Now retired from teaching, he lives in Laredo, Texas.

Maria Antonieta Reyes served in the United States Army before going on to receive her BS and MPA at Texas A&M International University and her PhD in Public Administration and Public Policy at Auburn University. She lives in Laredo, Texas.

Josh Plock graduated with a BA in history from Columbus State Univeristy. He has written about comics and films for a number of pop culture websites, primarily House of Geekery. His knowledge on these topics has also led to his appearance on several different podcasts. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Richard A. Hall, Maria Antonieta Reyes and Josh Plock
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8085-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4734-0
Imprint: McFarland