FOX’s ‘Gotham’: The Penguin Shows His Ugly Mug in Robin Taylor’s First Character Photo
FOX’s ‘Gotham‘ has been generous enough with character photos from its forthcoming Batman prequel series in the last week, but at long last, we have our first major villain of the new Dark Knight drama. Meet Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot in the latest ‘Gotham’ photo, long before Bruce Wayne and co. ever came to recognize him as the villainous Penguin!
While we had seen a few earlier shots of Taylor in character as Oswald Cobblepot from set photos, our first official look from the ‘Gotham’ Facebook page brings us a closeup on the iconic Batman villain, who will nicely fill out the exaggerated features of his namesake by the time young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) finally dons the cape and cowl. And while ‘Gotham”s Cobblepot is hardly top bird just yet, we’ll meet the man as having “the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal; a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) [who] hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.”
FOX’s ‘Gotham’ will explore “the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous,” with its pilot featuring Gordon’s investigation of the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The pilot will also be written and executive produced by ‘The Mentalist”s Bruno Heller, along with Warner Bros. Television, and directed by ‘Judge Dredd’ helmer Danny Cannon. It has been confirmed that ‘Gotham’ will not have any direct ties to Ben Affleck‘s take on the Dark Knight for ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up film ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ or The CW’s ‘Arrow‘ series.
Cast in other known roles thus far are Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Sean Pertwee as Bruce’s fiercely protective guardian and butler Alfred Pennyworth, Camren Bicondova as a young Selina Kyle, Drew Powell as Mooney’s other associate Butch Gilzean, ‘Burn Notice‘ star Zabryna Guevara as Gordon’s GCPD boss Captain Essen, and Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean.
The future Penguin looks reasonably up to snuff, but what say you? Check out our first official look at Robin Taylor’s ‘Gotham’ portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot below, and tell us in the comments what you think of FOX’s future Batman drama thus far!