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Jada Pinkett Smith Joins The Cast Of Fox’s Gotham


Well this is definitely interesting. 

Hawthorne star Jada Pinkett Smith has been cast in Fox’s Gotham pilot, set to start shooting next month. But who is she playing? Interestingly enough, a villain. And not just any villain, a big Gotham City crime boss.

Awesome.

Only, she has quite possibly the worst character name in history – Fish Mooney. Yes, that’s the name we previously heard for Future-Penguin’s (aka Oswald Cobblepot) boss. Entertainment Weekly has this description of Pinkett Smith’s character: “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, she’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”

It’s certainly cool to see a woman being put in such a position of power on the show (we saw a similar plot choice in Batman #28) though considering who works under her, it’s likely only a matter of time before she’s killed off and Penguin replaces her. Also liking the small hint of super powers.

Gotham’s cast so far: Ben McKenzie is set to lead the series as Jim GordonDonal Logue will be assisting him as Harvey Bullock with the supporting cast of Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Zabryna Guevara is Sarah Essen, and Erin Richards as Barbara Kean. Robin Taylor has will be playing The Penguin. Young Bruce Wayne has yet to be cast, though we did get a casting call description recently.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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  • blu girl

    I’m happy to see a woman, especially a woman of color, play a villain. I still have my reservations about the Smallville approach to Gotham but I’ll give it a chance.

  • Anonymous

    I have so few hopes invested in this show, but I’d be curious to see if they cast a Leslie Thompkins. Having her and the clinic would throw an interesting element into the story, functioning in the narrative a little like BD Wong does on SVU.

  • Michael McNinch

    I have no hopes for this show, but it IS nice to see a women get the role of ruthless crime-boss villain without any sign of it being due to a man whom she owes her whole existence as a villain… as of yet. -_-

  • athenia45

    Can this character turn into Catwoman? Cuz I wouldn’t mind seeing her as Catwoman!

  • Adrian

    It’s so weird because I’m diggin’ the casting choices for this show, including this one, but it’s the concept itself that still leaves me disinterested.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Aw, man, and if they have babby-Bruce, then they totally need Dr. Thompkins!

  • Anonymous

    “Money doesn’t put fish on the table! FISH PUTS FISH ON THE TABLE!”
    I will retract my criticism of Fish Mooney’s name if it’s a elaborate set up for Mr. Cobblepot to shove tons of fish down her throat & weld her mouth shut with a blowtorch umbrella like that scene in Secret Origins Special.