GOTHAM Television Series Casts Penguin, Alfred And More
Over the weekend, in a rather surprise move, it was announced that Southland star Ben McKenzie had landed the role of Detective Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming series Gotham, which centers on a younger, more green Gordon as he fights crime in the city of Gotham. One of those crimes happens to be the murder of a wealthy couple in a back alley who leave a lone son, Bruce Wayne to fend for himself. Young Bruce will play a large role in the series, which will eventually see him don the cape and cowl in the closing portion of the series.
Today, we have a whole slew of characters being cast in the anticipated series. The first being Oswald Cobblepot, better known to most as Penguin. Robin Lord Taylor (Accepted, The Walking Dead) will fill that role. We knew from the beginning that Penguin would be the first of several Gotham-centered villains to make an appearance on the show. Cobblepot is being described as “a low-level psychopath — toiling for a gangster named Fish (nod to Jim?) Mooney — who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.”
Next up is Bruce Wayne’s only surviving “family” member, butler and confidant, Alfred Pennyworth. British actor Sean Pertwee (Camelot) has been cast in that role, which is a much different take on the character than we’ve seen: “a tough-as-nails ex-Marine who has loyally served the wealthy Wayne family and now, in the wake of Thomas and Martha’s tragic deaths, is protective of their young son Bruce.”
In regards to Jim Gordon’s personal life and the characters involved there, Erin Richards has been cast as Barbara Kean, Jim’s fiancée. She is a sophisticated ER doctor who stand by her man through the highs and lows of working in a crime-ridden Gotham. At this point, Gordon is still a young detective and not the Commissioner that we are used to, so he’ll be taking orders from Captain Essen, being played by Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice). She is the head of the Gotham Police Department Homicide Squad, of which Gordon is a part of. She is stuck with the job of having to balance the politics and police, a job that is increasingly difficult.
There are still numerous roles left to be cast, including that of a young Bruce Wayne, who is expected to be in the 10-12 year old range. As I mentioned earlier, we will likely see many other Batman villains show up in the series, including the Dark Knight’s main nemesis, The Joker. Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) penned the script for the series, which was ordered direct to pilot last fall. He’ll also serve as executive producer.
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Source : TV Line