By Eric Dodds
September 23, 2014

You could hardly be blamed if the opening episode of Gotham gave you repeated moments of déjà vu. Virtually all of the characters that popped up in the first hour of Fox’s new cop drama have appeared in some form or another (mostly a little older and a little more heroic or villainous) in the Batman realm of the DC Comics universe — whether in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, earlier Caped Crusader movies or the comics themselves.

Here’s a brief spoiler-free primer for who you should — and shouldn’t — have recognized in the Gotham premiere, and what you might be able to expect from these characters in the rest of the season.

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