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Following her big screen debut in Suicide Squad, it seems that Harley Quinn could be heading to Gotham, with producer John Stephens teasing the possibility of Dr. Harleen Quinzel popping up in the Batman prequel series during a panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“We’ll be seeing a character, perhaps not this season, but in times to come, who can be a forerunner for Harley Quinn, which I think will be really exciting as well,” said Stephens (via Slash Film). “That might just be writer talk for ‘we haven’t quite figured it out.’ It’s kind of like you see the first version of it, and you see how it comes from it after the fact.”
See Also: Gotham’s Mad Hatter revealed in new image
Stephens was a little more reluctant to commit to any other members of Task Force X turning up in the show, »
- Gary Collinson
Hot on the heels of some new character portraits comes the arrival of our first detailed synopsis for the third season of Gotham. In addition to a deeper look at the Court of Owls, we can expect to see villains that are “more ambitious and depraved,” which makes sense considering that a busload of Hugo Strange’s human experiments are now roaming the city.
Perhaps the most interesting tidbits revealed are that Jim Gordon will take on the role of a bounty hunter and the aforementioned Hugo Strange will be returning. As for Poison Ivy, not much regarding her accelerated age and gaining of powers is revealed that we didn’t already know, but thanks to TV Insider, we have our first look at Maggie Geha as the iconic super villain (see below).
Without further delay, here’s the early word regarding Season 3:
Gotham (Mondays, 8:00-9:00 Pm »
- Eric Joseph
Fox has come a long way with its DC Comics series, Gotham, the story of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) before he became Batman, the backstory of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) before he becomes Gotham City’s commissioner of Gcpd. It’s also the origin stories of Bruce’s many future villains such as The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), The Joker, Catwoman (Carmen Bicondova), Poison Ivy (Maggie Ghea), Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow), Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) and more. Last week at San Diego Comic-Con, TV Overmind participated in the Gotham Press Room with several outlets to chat with the cast and crew behind the show to
- Andy Behbakht
Rob Leane Aug 3, 2016
Contains spoilers for Gotham season 2.
If you read my Gotham reviews on this site, you’ll know that – more often that not – they feature gushing praise for Robin Lord Taylor’s performance as Oswald Cobblepot. Over two seasons, he’s taken Penguin from a shuffling lackey to the king of Gotham and then down into a big ol’ personal disaster in season 2, with Oswald remaining the Mvp of the show despite his topsy-turvy, tumultuous peronal life. It was exciting, then, to chat to Robin Lord Taylor about all things Gotham back in June....
So I was noodling around on Twitter a bit this morning.
Uh oh. [Laughs]
And I was just wondering, what is it about being in London that makes you say ‘the C word’ so much? »
Rob Leane Aug 5, 2016
Warning: contains spoilers for Gotham season 2.
Back in June, after a long day of interviews, I sat down with Cory Michael Smith in a swanky London hotel to talk about all things Gotham, both the second season that had recently concluded its run on TV, and the third season which hadn’t yet begun filming. Mr Smith proved to be a very open interviewee, letting us in on a detailed account of how he ended up in the show in the first place. Here’s our our 15-minute chat...
Just to get it out of the way first: can I just ask, have they started trying to put you in hats and canes and spandex yet?
I have not had spandex... I may or may not have tried on different hats. »
When “Gotham” Season 3 debuts in September, six months will have passed since the Season 2 finale, which saw the inhabitants of Indian Hill escape into the city. At the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, star Ben McKenzie promised that Hugo Strange’s monsters will be “causing anarchy” when we pick up, and that we’ll find Jim Gordon in a very “dynamic” place in the new season, with the future Commissioner working as a “bounty hunter, taking out the monsters and getting paid.”
Meanwhile, his former paramour Lee Thompkins has been busy rebuilding her life following Jim’s arrest and the loss of their baby last season. “It’s not what she’s been up to, it’s who,” star Morena Baccarin teased, admitting that we’ll see Lee with a new love interest next season. “She’s had to piece herself back together.”
McKenzie admitted that Jim and Lee’s “road will be long and winding »
- Laura Prudom
If Gotham‘s Season 2 cliffhanger — featuring Bruce Wayne’s seemingly evil (or at least emo) doppelganger — had you scratching your head, well, star David Mazouz’s explanation may continue to leave you puzzled.
“The thing that I really want to make clear going into Season 3 is they’re two different people,” the actor said on Saturday at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, “but for some reason they look exactly the same, have the same kind of mannerisms, and are basically almost the same person. But they’re not.”
Executive producer John Stephens added that the mysterious figure “comes »
Update: Here are three more promos focussed on Gordon, Bullock and Oswald Cobblepot…
The third season of Gotham is set to get underway on Monday, Septermber 19th and sees the return of Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, along with new additions Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, Maggie Geha as Poison Ivy, James Caprinello as Mario Falcone and Benedict Samuel as The Mad Hatter.
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Zap2It, we’ve got a look at the Comic-Con poster for the third season of Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, which features the mask of the Court of Owls, complete with the tagline “all will be judged”; check it out here…
Gotham season three is set to get underway on Fox on September 19th.
- Gary Collinson
Gotham TV show director Danny Cannon has been posting photos from the season three premiere episode, "Better to Reign in Hell," including one showing Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. Check them out, below. The third season of Gotham premieres on Fox, Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00pm Et/Pt, followed by the season two premiere of Lucifer.Also featured in the photos below are Gotham cast members including: Robin Lord Taylor, Morena Baccarin, Donal Logue, Michael Chiklis, and Camren Bicondova. The series also stars Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Erin Richards, Cory Michael Smith, and Drew Powell.Read More… »
See Full Gallery Here
We’re still a few months away from the season 3 premiere of Fox’s divisive Batman prequel series, but Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon has shared some very interesting production stills to his Twitter account, teasing the unexpected return of some characters, and the debut of others.
In addition to series regulars Camren Bicondova, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin and Jada Pinkett Smith, there’s a shot of Michael Chiklis as Captain Nathaniel Barnes, which seemingly confirms that the tough-as-nails copper will make a full recovery from his grave injuries in the season 2 finale. But, it’s the slightly more monstrous faces in the gallery we’re most concerned with.
No doubt results of Doctor Hugo Strange’s Indian Hill experiments, these two creatures will most likely be loose on the streets when we return to Gotham. The bat-nosed fella is anyone’s guess, but the more »
- Mark Cassidy
A couple of days ago Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon unveiled a first-look image of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney from Gotham season three, and he’s now shared a batch of behind-the-scenes images from the third season premiere, including one ‘Croc tease’ which may or may not hint at an appearance from Waylon Jones, a.k.a. Killer Croc…
Gotham season three is set to get underway on Fox on September 19th.
Via Comic Book Movie
- Gary Collinson
Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon has taken to Twitter to release a first look image from season three of the Batman prequel series, which features the returning Jada Pinkett Smith as villainess Fish Mooney; check it out here…
Following her demise in the season one finale, Fish Mooney was resurrected by Hugo Strange and found herself a patient at Indian Hill. However, she managed to escape the facility by commandeering a bus full of inmates, before disappearing into the shadows in the closing scenes of season two.
Gotham is set to return to Fox on September 19th, and will see several new additions to the cast including Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, Maggie Geha as Poison Ivy and James Caprinello as Mario Falcone.
- Gary Collinson
Danny Cannon has posted the following Gotham season 3 images to Twitter. In addition to returning cast members Camren Bicondova, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Chiklis; we seem to have some monstrous new additions. The creatures below are presumably a result of Strange's Indian Hill experiments, and one of 'em could well be a new small-screen take on classic Batman baddie, Killer Croc. Gotham‘s third season is set to debut on Monday, Sept. 19 at 8/7. »
As the Season 2 finale of Fox’s Gotham suggested, a very bad baddie is back, with a vengeance.
At the close of the DC Comics-inspired series’ sophomore run, an impromptu evacuation of Professor Strange’s Indian Hill facility found Fish Mooney commandeering a bus full of fellow test subjects — that straggly haired, emo version of Bruce Wayne included.
After the bus crashed, Fish emerged from the wreckage, her improbably resurrection making padawan-turned-adversary Penguin a bit green in the gills. Ms. Mooney then sashayed into the shadows, »
Minor Spoilers: The Top 6 Characters “Gotham” Should Introduce in Season 3
Author – Mark Cook
I am going to preface by saying that there are minor “Gotham: Season 2” Spoilers in case any readers have not had the chance to watch it yet.
If you are a fan of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, then “Gotham: Season 2”, was an enjoyable experience. Executive Producer Danny Cannon, and Creator Bruno Heller, introduced the audience to characters including, Mr. Freeze, Firefly, Hugo Strange, Azrael, and continued to develop The Riddler, and Penguin. There were even nods to Basil Karlo and Waylon Jones. While the creators have mixed staying true to the source material with some characters and creating their own backgrounds for others, they have done a wonderful job in giving life to numerous characters who would more than likely not make it to the big-screen, while providing further development to the well-known villains.
At the conclusion of Season 2, Hugo Strange is arrested, Penguin is working towards reestablishing himself, Nygma is still in Arkham, Fish Mooney and the rest of the Indian Hill “creations” are on the loose, and The Court of Owls are seemingly going to take matters into their own hands. With the focus of Season 3 possibly involving the reemergence of Fish and The Court of Owls, I have put together a list of the top 6 characters “Gotham” should introduce next season:
6. Harvey Dent / Two-Face
I know, Harvey Dent is already in “Gotham”. Nicholas D'Agosto does an excellent job portraying a young Harvey Dent. I would like to see the writers give him more screen time, possibly displaying subtle details to Harvey’s “other” side. The character is still years away from actually becoming Two-Face, but by providing D’Agosto with more screen time, he could help Bruce, Alfred, Lucius, and Gordon tackle The Court of Owls. During this time, seeing Harvey have moments of anger would be great foreshadowing for D’Agosto’s upstanding depiction of the character.
5. Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter
Dr. Jervis Tetch was first introduced in Batman #49 in 1948. Also known as the Mad Hatter, he is a character who can be easily overlooked, but could also offer an interesting story arc, whether it was simply one episode, or as a reoccurring character. The Court of Owls could hire the doctor in order to create mind-controlling devices for any major figure who could possibly thwart their takeover. Focusing on Hatter’s obsessive, and psychotic, characteristics could help ground his character in the world of “Gotham”.
4. Julian Day – The Calendar Man
Julian Day’s initial appearance was in Detective Comics #259 in September, 1958. Day can also be seen as a subordinate character, but could create an interesting, long-term story to follow. The Calendar Man is known for playing an important role in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s beloved Batman: The Long Halloween series. Adapting the aspects of The Calendar Man striking on holidays could be a great nod to Loeb and Sale’s series as well as create an intriguing, long-term dynamic for fans to follow. Possibly having Day strike around actual holidays corresponding with when the shows air could create some anticipation as well.
3. Roman Sionis – Black Mask
The next three individuals on the list could provide interesting antagonists for a developing Bruce Wayne character. Roman Sionis’ father, Richard, was portrayed in Season 1 - Episode 8, “The Mask”, played by Todd Stashwick. Bringing Roman into the fold would be interesting seeing as he always had a hatred for Bruce Wayne prior to his hatred for Batman. He also loses his legacy in the comics, which could play off of Episode 8 with the outcome of his father. He could be portrayed as a vengeful character trying to fill his father’s role while blaming Bruce all the while.
2. Alberto Falcone
Alberto was another major character used in Loeb and Sale’s, Batman: The Long Halloween. Even if there is a little age difference between Bruce and Alberto, “Gotham” has shown that such details don’t hold them back from their ultimate vision. Alberto’s inclusion could be used in different ways. The writers could use him as a “friend” of Bruce’s who eventually takes a different path. They could also use him as a young Falcone wanting to carry on the family name, or start his own path due to being the “outcast” of the family, as seen in The Long Halloween. This could shift some of the focus back to the “freaks vs. mafia” type conflict depicted in some of the comics. A smaller sub-plot they could use would be Selina’s eventual realization that she is connected / related to the Falcone family.
1. Tommy Elliot – Hush
Season 1 - Episode 8, “The Mask”, also contained a brief appearance from Bruce’s childhood friend, Tommy Elliot at Anders Preparatory Academy. During the episode, Tommy is seen somewhat bullying Bruce concerning the death of his parents. Alfred drives Bruce to Tommy’s house, where Bruce subsequently beats Tommy up, honoring the Wayne Family. Season 3 could come back to the relationship, possibly making them friends due to Tommy apologizing. This could later lead to a unique plot twist by fueling Tommy’s eventual hatred for the Wayne family, and his change to Hush.
Do you agree with the characters on the list? Is there anyone left off? Leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
- Mark Cook
Fox’s Gotham TV series has been going strong for two seasons and is now renewed for a third. The show began with a focus on (future Commissioner) Jim Gordon’s early career in Gotham, but has quickly expanded to include the early days of many Batman villains as well. One of the most striking of these is The Penguin; a previously cartoonish character (in screen adaptations) who has been masterfully portrayed in Gotham by Robin Lord Taylor as a complex young man who rises from being a minor player in Fish Mooney’s entourage to becoming the self-proclaimed “King of Gotham.” Taylor’s nuanced portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin, has made him a compelling, horrifying, and yet somehow still sympathetic character – one I’m invested in even while I’m despising what he does.
After having had the opportunity to speak with Taylor by phone in the week leading up to Awesome Con in Washington, DC, and to meet him at the Con, I can see where The Penguin’s charm and disarming manner originate; but fortunately for us, and unlike The Penguin, Taylor himself strikes me as a delightful human being; and he has a lot to say about his role in Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery.
Read on below for a most enjoyable interview; or listen here for the audio version.
Esw: Robin, your current role on Gotham is a big part of your career, and The Penguin, as we all know by two seasons in, has been called a “breakout character.” I love the nuances that you bring to the Penguin, who is a mix of pathos and viciousness. Are there any parts of his character that come from you, or that you identify with?
Rlt: Yeah; I mean, the thing that really got me into the human aspect of Oswald was, when I first got the job, I reached out to Geoff Johns, who’s the chief creative officer of DC Comics, and I was like, “Do you know any stories?” Because obviously I’d grown up with Batman, and Batman Returns was huge, and the Adam West series was also huge, but beyond that I really didn’t know very much about the character.
And he found some stories; he found one in particular which was Penguin: Pain and Prejudice; and in that story, they really went into detail about Oswald’s childhood, and how when he was young, he was horrifically bullied. Which is not something that I ever experienced, to that extent; but the fact that he had always felt like an outsider – you know, growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I definitely identified with that feeling. Like, just because you didn’t look like everybody else, or there was something different about you – like in my case, I was just not a “sporty” person, and I basically grew up in Friday Night Lights. So it’s just that feeling of outsider-ness, and also that feeling of being counted out just by things that are out of your control. So that was the first thing I really hooked in to. I was like, “Oh, I understand what this feels like,” and it just made him all the more human for me.
And on top of that, his ambition is something that – you know, obviously I don’t think I share quite the same amount of ambition, in the sense that I, you know, value human life! But out of all of the years of basically being rejected by everyone, and having that feed into his outsized ambition – that was another thing that I totally could identify with and understand.
Esw: I read somewhere that when you did the audition, they didn’t actually tell you it was the Penguin. Do you recall if there were any particular acting choices you made in that audition that still define the character or that rolled over into the actual on-screen character?
Rlt: Yeah; the scene itself that they gave us to audition for was a fake scene – it was not in the pilot at all, and the names were all different. But the scene involved, I believe, the Penguin character was named Paul or something, and he’s having this meeting with a Mafia don, and trying to get this person to do some deal for him. Of course the don is not into it, and that’s when it’s revealed that Paul has had the Mafia don’s daughter kidnapped, and she’s about to be “taken care of” unless he does his bidding.
And in that scene, all of that is the epitome of Oswald, and that ability to sort of play – you know, in the first part of the scene before it’s revealed that he has the daughter kidnapped, he’s very obsequious, and kind of meek, and deferring to the Mafia don; being lower status. And then there’s that switch halfway through where it’s like, “Oh no no no, actually I’m driving the ship right now; I’m steering the ship.” You know, “You’re going to listen to me.” So going from that humble, almost meek, low status attitude that he had, and then immediately switching to be the guy on top; that was something that I think I definitely carried through to the show that we do now.
Esw: Generally, in previous characterizations of The Penguin on screen he’s portrayed in a more cartoonish style. Can you talk about what you did to make him more real in the Gotham show sense, and yet keep him defined as he is in the comics so that he’s still recognizable as the character?
Rlt: First of all, I give so much, if not all credit, to Bruno Heller, and Danny Cannon, and our other producers and writers on the show. It started with Bruno and Danny, this vision and this treatment of the character. It starts with them, and then I step in and we collaborate. Again, going back to what I said before, learning how he was bullied – it was more about finding…you know this is a fantastic world. It’s being able to see this character as an actual person who could exist. Which is actually kind of the allure of Batman itself in the sense that of course it’s still a comic book, and crazy shit happens that would never happen in the real world, but it’s always rooted in the fact that Batman is not supernatural, that Batman is a human being.
And that even though it is this gothic, noir, colorful, crazy world that we inhabit in Gotham City, it’s still all rooted in reality, in the sense that, like, gravity exists, and these are human beings, and there is real pathos behind everyone.
And it’s about justifying every choice that this character makes so that every action he takes, there’s a reason behind it; it’s not just being evil for the sake of being evil. Also what I love about the character is that – at one point in the second season, Galavan is trying to get him to help him get some real estate deal going, and that would require tearing down a big chunk of Gotham City, and Oswald is not into it. He says, “Look, I’m a builder, I’m not a demolition person. I’m not interested in tearing everything down.” He’s interested in controlling everything, but also building alliances and making connections and using that to his advantage. So I guess it would be making sure that everything he does and says comes from a real place – a real desire for Oswald to be – I don’t know if it’s accepted, or feared, or both!
Esw: You mention that Oswald is a builder and has these particular goals. He’s a monster in many ways, but he seems to have his own moral code. How would you define his moral code?
Rlt: I would say: Oswald is all about – do not come for him. If you do, you will pay. He remembers every single slight against him, every person who ever hurt him or tried to hurt him. All that, again, stemming from a childhood where he’s an outcast in so many ways, like being a first generation immigrant, for example, in our show. I guess his moral code is just: “Don’t tread on me.” But that’s the thing – with the exception of the poor fisherman in the pilot, and maybe the guy who delivered the flowers from Maroni – a couple of people who really didn’t deserve what they got – for the most part, everyone whom he attacks, it’s motivated by revenge, and it’s all strategy for Oswald. He is anti-chaos. Chaos is not interesting to him; that’s not a place where he can get the power that he needs to survive. He wants order.
Esw: Anti-chaos. It makes me think that perhaps we’re playing Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a lawful evil – not chaotic at all.
Rlt: Yeah, totally!
Esw: Now in the second season, trying to rule Gotham, Penguin needs some worker-bee villains who will be loyal to him; and then we get Butch’s betrayal in that second season. It’s a very tricky proposition, getting those loyal worker-bees and knowing that he can rely on them. What traits about the character do you think would believably cement a henchman’s loyalty and how do you establish that?
Rlt: In a way, I think even though, you know, he chopped off Butch’s hands, you know, big deal – but even those things have happened, I think that Penguin himself, and it goes back to his anti-chaos attitude, I think he is actually also interested in being loyal to people as well. I think he knows that if you treat people well, you get more from them. You get more loyalty; and ultimately, that can be exploited as well.
You see this very, very clearly in his relationship with Jim Gordon, in the sense that for all intents and purposes they should be arch-enemies. But for some reason, it’s this delicate dance and a push and a pull between the two of them that is important to Oswald. Because that keeps Jim in his world and again, that can be exploited in the future if need be. So I think he does reciprocate loyalty to the people that he is trusting and that’s ultimately how he can get people to join his side.
And also, this goes into – because his actions are justified, and because we understand why he does the things he does, there’s a sympathetic side to this character. And I think that comes through to the other characters as well; in the sense that there’s something enigmatic about him that draws people in.
If I had to root this in the character’s history, I would say that this is something he learned as a survival instinct, when he’s being bullied or when he was being basically tortured by his peers when he was younger. This is what you learn; you learn to ingratiate yourself to people. You make yourself seem more meek and sympathetic, and then eventually they come around, and that’s when you stick the knife in.
Esw: Speaking of that, he’s a pretty dark character, and you seem like a nice guy. Do you have difficulty getting into and out of that character?
Rlt: I really don’t, actually! I know that sounds crazy, but… Look, I’ve never played a character that physically is so different from who I am in real life. And so with the hair, the makeup, the costume – all of those pieces coming together every day that I have to work, is – and this is generally how I work as an actor too – is I generally start from the outside and I go in. I let the physicality and the costuming help me get into character so I’m ready. And also, again, it goes to the sets that we shoot, and the locations that we use. With all of these things, it’s like I’m stepping into Oswald, I’m stepping into Gotham City. And at the end of the day, the nose comes off, and the hair is different, and I take these beautiful suits and I put them back in the closet and then I’m back to me. It’s great to have that physical transformation that gets you into character; and from that it’s generally pretty easy.
Esw: He does have some really cool suits!
Rlt: God, they’re amazing. The sucky thing is they’re not quite my, Robin Lord Taylor’s, style, so it’s not like I could ever really wear them anywhere. But also – as you can probably tell, I’m one of the least confrontational people that ever lived. And so it’s actually therapeutic in a way. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s really fun to step onto the set and step into the character and then all of a sudden I’m the guy who’s pushing everybody’s buttons, and I’m the guy who’s messing with everybody and starting shit. And it’s liberating, and it’s fun in a way.
Esw: I can understand that. So Oswald has been through a huge journey in season 2 – he was on top; he lost his mother; he convinced Gordon to murder somebody; he was messed with by Hugo Strange; he met his father; fell back into murder; now he wants revenge and all of Strange’s monsters are out there, and Mooney is back… Can you talk about how you think season 2 changed him, or what you think he’ll be doing in season 3?
Rlt: I think that in season 2 – it happened twice for him, with the loss of his mother and then the loss of his father – and there’s that lovely speech that Cory Michael Smith as Nygma gave Oswald. It was after his mother died, before he knew his father existed – Nygma says, “You’re free now.” The gist is – and this is a continuing theme throughout our entire show – to love is to be vulnerable. You see throughout the show, characters are falling in love, or they have love in their lives, and then they lose it; and then in a way they are liberated to do whatever the hell they want to do and not feel any pressure. Because what’s left to lose.
So I think that was hugely formative, and then that it happened twice – I think going into season 3, it’s all guns blazing. And also, he’s learned, having been at the top for the brief period. He learned now how much more difficult it is; and he severely overestimated his own abilities, and he didn’t take into account the fact that when you’re the “King of Gotham” you have a giant, giant target on your back in a way that you never did before. I think that’s the most valuable lesson that he learned this season; and then going forward, I think we’re watching his transformation from someone who’s finding their way in this world to someone who now has the wherewithal and the knowledge to basically, kick ass and take names. And not fear the repercussions because, again, having lost all the love in his life, going forward, he’s just going to be completely unhinged – which I’m really excited about!
Esw: So Gotham is obviously a very villain-heavy show, and we know many of Batman’s villains are way ahead of him in development – he’s still Bruce; he’s still young. How do you think this will affect the future seasons in the show, or how do you think you’d like to see that happen? Do you think it will shift to being a more heroic focus as Bruce matures?
Rlt: I don’t know; I think our show is about how the city corrupts. Bruce Wayne – Batman – comes from one of the most corrupted acts that could ever happen, one of the most horrific acts; the execution of his parents in front of him. And I could see heroic moments coming through, because obviously you need a balance between the light and the dark, but at the same time, I just think it’s so much more interesting seeing even someone as virtuous and good-hearted as Bruce Wayne – seeing him get swept up into, or sucked down into, the morass of Gotham City and its questionable moral fiber as a city; I think that’s ultimately what’s really interesting to me. And I just think that the villains are where it’s at.
Also, going forward, what I find most interesting, as someone who is a fan of the Batman world, and what I think our show does very well, is show how all of these characters interact, and come in and out of each other’s lives. It’s like seeing how the Penguin’s and Gordon’s connection evolves over time, and also eventually, I’m sure, Bruce Wayne is going to come into Penguin’s life, and all of the other characters’ lives. I love that alliances are formed and then broken; and the re-formed with someone else; some other canon character. I just think that’s fascinating.
Esw: I’ve heard Gotham compared to a soap opera, and it’s not too far off!
Rlt: Yeah, except we’ve got monsters and bazookas; it’s As The Gotham Turns.
Esw: So what experiences have you had working with the other Gotham actors? Do you have any fun stories, or any stories about having to work with actors that then the Penguin kills?
Rlt: Yeah! Well we get along, as a cast, just smashingly. In fact, early on in the first season, Ben McKenzie had a barbeque; and all the cast members came, and we were all there having fun, dancing, and drinking, and at one point I said to Ben, because this is my first rodeo as it were, and he’s been doing this for longer than I have in a big way; I said to him, pointing at everyone having a ball, “Dude, is this normal? Do casts get along like this? Because I’ve guested on shows, and you can definitely feel the vibe, and it’s not this.” And he said immediately, “Nope. This is not normal. God willing, we can keep this going for the rest of our run,” because it just makes the environment more pleasant, and we all just truly have love for everyone, and it’s so nice. It’s all I’ve ever wanted in a job.
Esw: That seems to come through the social media where I’ve seen you and Cory and Ben and everyone interacting; seeing everyone talking to each other on Twitter and wherever else.
Rlt: That’s so nice to hear. And the other thing too is that we’re from all over the place, and everyone’s had such different experiences growing up; and the fact that I can, you know, meet Sean Pertwee, who could not have been from a more different place than me, and have had a more different childhood than I did – and yet, he’s now one of my very best friends. And I just love it, that people can come together and find – in this show, we found a community, which is really great.
So then on the other hand, people have asked me, “What’s the hardest thing about Gotham?” and honestly, it is when a main character dies. And especially if I have to do it. It’s one thing if it’s a movie or a play, because that’s such a contained work. You know when someone’s going; you know the whole thing is going to be over in two-and-a-half hours anyway. It’s not as cathartic as when you’re on a television show. You really do feel that loss. Like when Carole Kane’s character is killed. It was honestly devastating for everybody. It was like, “Oh, God, she’s not going to be here.” Even though she wasn’t there all the time to begin with, it was the loss of that potential for her to be there. I can’t say enough amazing things about her.
And then of course also the same with Paul Reubens. With both of those characters, it really is devastating. You just keep thinking, “If they had written something different, we could have been working together for years now.” I think that’s the hardest part of the job.
Esw: So what’s been your experience with fans and conventions and this role; do fans ever blur the line and call you the Penguin; or what do you like and dislike about that? Have you had any crazy experiences?
Rlt: I mean, the whole thing is generally pretty crazy. Even if you think just logically, what I do is, I’m an actor. So ideally I would just sort of disappear – Robin Lord Taylor would disappear – and the character would live in people’s imaginations and that would just be it. But you know that’s not how it works. You become public people; and that’s been probably one of the most challenging things about the job. Just going from relative obscurity to being in peoples’ minds and consciousness – that’s definitely been intense.
For the most part, everyone has been incredibly, incredibly nice, and kind. I’ve been doing conventions now for the last two years, and, like, I signed someone’s ankle, and she went and got a tattoo, and that’s kind of crazy. Honestly, the tattoos, I think, are the craziest thing! Someone also tweeted me a photo of their leg, and it’s my giant face on their leg. I find that so unsettling; I mean, compared to most other things. Like, “Oh God, you did that?” You defaced your body with my face.”
Esw: They will never forget you, ever ever!
Rlt: I know. I know; that makes me really uncomfortable! But I will never be forgotten. There’s something to be said for that.
Esw: So are you looking forward to Awesome Con? And do you follow other comics? Do you have a favorite character or storyline, or something you want to see or pick up while you’re at the show?
Rlt: I’m totally psyched. This is going to be super. I’ve never been to Washington for a con before; I’m really excited to see what the vibe is like at Awesome Con. From what I hear, it’s an amazing experience. For me it’s always very strange. Obviously I love all of the other DC Comics properties, especially the ones that are on television, in particular The Flash and Arrow, and Supergirl as well. Because we’re all the Warner Bros. family, and we run into each other at San Diego Comic Con and all these other things. So that’s always really exciting to see those folks.
But then at the same time, with the actors who played characters from my childhood – for example, I was at a convention and I was in the green room, and sitting across the table is Denise Crosby who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and when I was a kid, that was my jam; and it’s always so fun to feel the way that people feel when they come to my line or when they come up to say hello. Everyone’s so sweet and so excited to be there, and then some people are really excited and they can’t speak, and that was me talking to Denise. And that’s someone I grew up watching, and that show was so important to me at the time. So experiences like that – just seeing anyone from something I grew up watching – that’s where I really fan out, for sure.
Esw: I know that you recently made a foray into voice acting in Dishonored 2, and you just wrapped a movie, The Long Home; anything you’d like to share about those or other projects?
Rlt: Well – Dishonored 2 – when they told me that I was going to come in and be part of it, and read, especially, that character, the Outsider, that was amazing. An amazing experience, and also reading all about what the game is going to be like; I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a video game in a long time. The only thing I’m a little worried about is when I get it and I start playing it, I have to hear my own voice… But yeah, that was a brilliant experience. And then The Long Home, I would just encourage everyone to look for it on the festival circuit and show it some love. It’s an independent film, directed by and starring James Franco, with Josh Hutcherson, and Courtney Love, and there are just amazing, amazing people in it. It’s a low-budget, independent movie; so we’re really hoping to get some momentum behind it and I’m just really excited to see what the final product is.
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So there you have it, folks. Thank you to Robin Lord Taylor for sharing his time and thoughts with us here at ComicMix!
And until next time, Servo Lectio! »
- Emily S. Whitten
Rob Leane Aug 24, 2016
The Gotham writers must have really loved the season 2 dynamic between the villain Theo Galivan and his sister Tabitha. I say this because they've now given one of season 3's new baddies - Benedict Samuel's Jervis Tetch (aka The Mad Hatter) - a sister as well.
And here's a description of her character, courtesy of Variety...
"Set to debut in the third episode of Season 3, Alice was born with a powerful ability that she cannot control — an ability her brother believes is a gift, but that she has always seen as a curse. As such, she has spent much of her life alone, running from her brother — who »
Burbank, CA (May 24, 2016) – Building on the momentum of its wildly successful first season, Gotham turned up the heat with a villain-centric second season that has elevated the series to No. 2 among Fox shows*. Fans have the chance to prepare for this fall’s suspenseful third season with the August 16, 2016 release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe).
*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Men 12-17 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <2 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16
The Wbhe release of the Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 Srp) and DVD ($49.99 Srp) includes all 22 episodes of the series’ thrilling second, as well as fascinating featurettes, Gotham’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Gotham: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers. »
- ComicMix Staff
Now that you have had a few days to come down from the season finale of Gotham, you may have started wondering when you can own the home video release. Thankfully, Fox and Warner Bros. opted to not wait very long at all to announce that the complete second season will arrive on Blu-Ray on August 16. One would also expect a DVD release on that very date, but it remains unclear whether or not it will contain all of the featurettes included on its mighty Blu-Ray counterpart.
Speaking of featurettes, a full rundown can be found in the official press release, along with a thorough synopsis and cast details. We also have the front cover art to share with you, which bears what may be the coolest piece of promo art circulated for this past season.
- Eric Joseph
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