The massive amounts of crime in Gotham City might make it an unpleasant place to live, but at least the criminals know how to have fun. Between the themed nicknames and costumes, every day is like Halloween in Bruce Wayne’s home town. Although the vigilante-to-be is just a kid in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel show Gotham, character posters have shown that his future nemeses and allies are already experimenting with comic book fashion.
Fox must have been pleased with the pilot episode of Gotham, since the show received a full series order earlier this summer. That means that there at least 13 episodes to fill with both original characters and familiar faces from the DC comics, and new casting details have now begun to emerge.
One of the villains featured in the Gotham pilot (which will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con 2014) is Oswald Cobblepot, a lowly member of Fish Mooney’s gang who is destined to one day grow up and become the notorious villain Penguin. Since Gotham is all about origins, however, TVLine has revealed that the show will also star Oscar-nominated actress Carol Kane (Annie Hall) as Gertrud Kapelput, Oswald’s mother. Gertrud is described as “a proud and faded beauty with delusions of grandeur,” and in the comics is portrayed as being very over-protective of her son.
Kane has starred in a range of movies and TV shows over the course of her long career, with more notable roles including Valerie in The Princess Bride and Grandma Addams in Addams Family Values, and more recently she guest-starred in an episode of Girls. Gertrud Kapelput will be a recurring character in Gotham, starting from episode 2. TVLine also reports that Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven) has joined the cast of Gotham and will play Macky, a neglected kid who lives on the streets of the titular city.
New talent has also been added off-camera, as FMR reports that Graeme Revell (Sin City) has been hired to compose the score for the show. Revell has won ten BMI Film Music Awards, as well as a Career Achievement Award, and his past credits include several other comic book adaptations, such as The Crow, Spawn and Daredevil. He also composed the score for last year’s action sequel Riddick.
OLV reports that more episodes of Gotham are currently being filmed in New York City, so expect further casting announcements soon.
Gotham will air on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX, but has no current premiere date.