13. Gotham Knights
Kicking off the list is Gotham Knights. The first season of the show, which premiered on March 14, 2023, will conclude on June 27, 2023. This new show has generated a lot of buzz among DC fans, but some viewers are left with mixed feelings about the series.
The show takes place in the aftermath of Bruce Wayne’s death, leaving his adopted son Turner Hayes (played by Oscar Morgan) to be framed for the murder of Batman. In addition, the children of some of Batman’s enemies have also been framed for the murder. The show follows this group of individuals as they team up to become the next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights. The series is written by Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux, and Natalie Abrams, and produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
While many people are enjoying the show, some are saying it is missing something. Mainly, the show fuels the perception that despite the character’s durability, it’s possible to dip into the Batcave once too often. Critics have cited the flat dialogue and lackluster performances and noted that the initial episodes are notable simply for how rote they are, whether in terms of plotting or action sequences. There’s no spark.
The show has great storytelling potential, bringing in the children of Batman’s enemies, but fans of DC might turn elsewhere to get their TV Dark Knight-adjacent fix. Even ignoring all the baggage surrounding the series and the likelihood of its imminent cancellation, Gotham Knights is a thoroughly underwhelming Dark Knight series from a network that has produced far better.
Despite the mixed reviews, some fans have found the show enjoyable, with its dark and mysterious tone, humor, and campiness. They feel that this should be the direction the CW goes in and that the show deserves a second season. Whether you’re a DC fan or just looking for something new to watch, Gotham Knights may be worth checking out.