The camera fades in on a distance shot of Gotham City. It’s an overcast day, as most are in Gotham, and there is the faint smell of rain in the air. Gotham Harbor lays in the foreground and the 1950’s art deco buildings provide a brooding backdrop to the serene waters. You can hear the sound of traffic on the streets and the constant hum of the monorail as it glides around town.
A quick fade transitions our scene from the landscape of Gotham City to the interior of a small apartment. A man in his mid-forties has his back to the camera, his only distinguishable feature is his long brown hair that falls just past his shoulders. There is a wet snapping sound and the camera slides around to the man’s side. In his hands he holds a woman, her next bent at an impossible angle and blood is oozing out of the knife buried in her chest. He smiles and says, “It’s done. She was the last. I’m finally free.”
Then the title card for this episode comes up, a broken, rusted, and bloody Batarang with the words Gotham Nights in the lower right corner. The opening montage features scenes of Bane cracking Batman across his knee. The Joker holding a crowbar over a beaten Robin. Batgirl laying in a pool of her own blood with a bullet hole in her back. The tombstone of Superman and a news paper with the headline “Green Lantern Still Missing!” The screen fades to black then blood drips down. The episode title fades in over the bright red blood, “First Nights”