We presumed that FOX's forthcoming 'Batman' prequel TV series, 'Gotham,' would next set its sights on casting a young Bruce Wayne, but its latest choice is far more surprising. Jada Pinkett Smith joined the series as a regular to portray an original 'Gotham' creation as gangster Fish Mooney, none other than future "Penguin" Oswald Cobblepot's boss!
Given how FOX's upcoming Batman prequel TV series 'Gotham' had been burning through casting announcements over the past week, we expected a young Bruce Wayne to emerge as the very last. And while we might meet our new Batman-in-training over the weekend, we at least have the casting call to determine what qualities 'Gotham''s Bruce Wayne will have.
This past weekend, we were blindsided to learn that FOX's forthcoming Batman prequel TV series, 'Gotham,' cast 'Southland' and 'The O.C.' star Ben McKenzie in the central role of Detective Jim Gordon, but now the new DC drama unveiled an even plumper portion of casting. Meet your new Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot, as well as young Bruce Wayne's loyal Alfred, Captain Essen, and Gordon's fiancée Barbara!
After a vast amount of rumors circled as to who could be the villain in the highly anticipated 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, Warner Bros. finally made the big reveal today by announcing Jesse Eisenberg of 'The Social Network' fame in the role of iconic Superman nemesis Lex Luthor. But that's not all! Jeremy Irons also joins the cast as the new Alfred, Bruce Wayne's famous butler.
The announcement of FOX's Batman-adjacent 'Gotham' TV series proved a mostly-welcome surprise, though few details beyond Commissioner Gordon's central role emerged at the time. That all changes today, as we know how and when Bruce Wayne will finally don his cape, and which major Batman villains will suit up over the course of the series!
So far we've heard criminally little of FOX's surprise 'Gotham' TV series, centering its story on the detective career of a pre-Batman Commissioner Gordon, but apart from a few recent rumors, it seems the buzzworthy pilot at least has a respectable director. 'CSI' vet Danny Cannon will helm the inaugural installment of 'Gotham,' while a new report suggests a young Bruce Wayne's inclusion in the series may not come to pass.
Joaquin Phoenix gave us one of the best sci-fi films of the year with his performance in Spike Jonze's 'Her,' but will the star now turn his attention to the comic book universe? While Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are looking to fill in the ranks of the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, the studio is reportedly eyeing Phoenix to take on the villain role.
When last we heard of FOX's upcoming Batman-adjacent 'Gotham' TV series, we'd learned that the pilot would pick up with a young Jim Gordon investigating the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, explaining why we'd never actually see Batman within the series. That said, it seems Bruce Wayne may in fact have a much larger presence than we'd thought -- that of a series regular!
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