Fox’s Batman prequel from The Mentalist’s Bruno Heller, has added another all-star cast member to its already impressive roster. Jada Pinkett Smith is set to play Fish Moody, a street savvy nightclub owner and sadistic mob boss. The character has been described as being an intimidating hothead, who is not one to easily be crossed. Moody is also the boss of notorious baddie Oswald Cobblepot, better known as The Penguin, the low-level psychopath who hides his true identity behind a political power-hungry persona. Anyone else getting Batman Returns flashbacks? The scene where Danny DeVito bites that guy’s nose still haunts me.
Pinkett Smith’s most recent role on television included the TNT medical drama Hawthorne, where for three seasons she portrayed the head of a hospital. She’s most famously known for her roles in Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix and the Madagascar franchise. Pinkett Smith will join Ben McKenzie, of Southland fame, as Gotham police officer James Gordon. Also joining the cast are: The Walking Dead’s Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Sons of Anarchy’s Donal Logue as Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen, Sean Pertwee as Wayne’s loyal servant Alfred Pennyworth, and Erin Richards as Gordon’s love interest Barbara Kean. The Joker, Riddler, and Catwoman are said be a part of the series, which will also include a young Bruce Wayne. The role of the young caped crusader has not yet been cast.
The show will focus on the villains that made Gotham city famous before Bruce Wayne becomes the infamous dark knight. The premise of the show seems to be around the same lines as Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One,which finds Gordon as a new cop in a new setting, Gotham city. The book however, sees Bruce Wayne making his long overdue return to Gotham and slowly becoming Batman. The show’s ultimate goal is to end the series with Bruce Wayne dawning the cape and cowl, similar to what the WB did with Smallville’s Clark Kent/Superman.
Interestingly enough, Ben McKenzie voiced the dark knight in the 2011 animated adaptation to Batman: Year One. It’ll be interesting to see a character has grand as Gordon make his small screen debut. For those that haven’t, I highly suggest both the book and animated feature of Batman: Year One. The comic debuted in 1987, which was a crucial time for the quickly flat-lining comic book industry. Alan Moore’s Watchmen also broke into the scene around this time. The two comics became hits that would forever change the landscape of what comic books could be.
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