Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fox's "Gotham" Casts Alfred Pennyworth, the Penguin and More!

Casting news for Fox's newest drama, "Gotham," keeps rolling in. Joining Ben McKenzie's Detective Gordon are Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Penguin is described as "having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal who is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor." Taylor is the first actor to step into the role since Danny DeVito in "Batman Returns" was released in 1992.

Sean Pertwee, son of third Doctor Jon Pertwee, will be playing the "tough as nails ex-Marine from East London," that was a loyal family servant turned fierce protector of the orphaned Bruce Wayne. Pertwee will be joining actors such as Michael Caine, Alan Napier and Michael Gough, who have also portrayed the beloved Pennyworth.

Zabryna Guevara is also joining the cast as Det. Gordon's boss, Captain Essen. Erin Richards rounds out the latest casting news as Barbara Kean, Det. Gordon's fiancee and gifted ER doctor.

During the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said that Batman fans can absolutely expect to see their favorite characters on the screen, stating "This is not one of the things where you bought a franchise and then none of characters people know, we will follow Bruce Wayne right up until the point where he gets interesting[...]This is all of the classic Batman characters."

The pilot was written by Bruno Heller ("Rome," "The Mentalist") and will be directed by Danny Cannon ("Nikita," "CSI"), with the pair co-executive producing. So far there is no word on when production will begin, but stay tuned and we will keep you posted!

-Nowal Massari