Andrew Stewart-Jones, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria
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Batman couldn’t make it.

Fox’s new super-hero inspired drama “Gotham” puts viewers right at the center of the haunting milieu that has made the Caped Crusader such a durable part of American culture. The first episode of the new fall series, screened at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel Thursday night, has many of the characters that populate Batman’s world. And while the Dark Knight does not appear in the show, a young Bruce Wayne maintains a strong presence.

Before the episode was screened, lead actor Ben McKenzie, who plays the young Commissioner Gordon, told attendees to “feel free to come up to any of us and tell us how much you liked the show, whether it’s true or not.”

Guests moved from a screening room to an adjacent lounge, where wine and sliders were served and McKenzie made good on his promise: He spent the bulk of his time at the after-party sitting at a table and talking to guests and journalists about the show.

That’s something Batman would likely never have done.

(Pictured: Andrew Stewart-Jones, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, Ben McKenzie, Zabryna Guevara and Robin Taylor attend a special screening of “Gotham” at the Crosby Street Hotel)

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