‘Gotham’ Casts David Zayas As Sal Maroni

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Now that superheroes have officially conquered the film world, it looks like they may be poised to do the same on the small screen. The CW already has a hit in Arrow and is introducing The Flash to viewers this fall. However, one of the most-talked-about comic book properties coming to television is undoubtedly Fox’s fresh take on the Batman mythos in Gotham.

The series is set to focus on the fictional city’s corrupt streets through the eyes of Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), as young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) inches ever closer to the Dark Knight he’s destined to become. We already know that Gordon will face off with early versions of numerous Batman villains (including perhaps a certain Clown Prince of Crime), but now we know one more foe he’ll have to face on his crusade to clean up the Gotham streets.

According to Deadline, David Zayas has been cast as mob boss Salvatore Maroni, who will face off against Carmine Falcone (John Doman) to gain control of the city’s crime syndicate. Zayas is best known for his role as Lt. Angel Batista on Dexter, but the actor has also appeared on HBO’s Oz and in films like The Expendables and Michael Clayton.

Maroni was, of course, portrayed on the big screen by Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight and, in the comics, is best known for scarring half of District Attorney Harvey Dent’s face, leading him to transform into the villainous Two-Face. We already knew Dent was slated to appear in Gotham‘s first season, and while it was safe to assume he would turn into Two-Face at some point during the series, the addition of Maroni this early on indicates that Dent’s fall from grace may appear earlier than fans expected, assuming that the show sticks to the comic book version of Dent’s origin. At this point, it’s safe to assume that the Fox series will take significant liberty with the material, just as Christopher Nolan did with his film trilogy.

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Eric Roberts as Sal Maroni in ‘The Dark Knight’

Needless to say, it’s looking more and more like Gotham is set to incorporate as many iconic villains as possible (even Mr. Freeze is confirmed to appear). While this could be exciting news to some fans, the show may run the risk of introducing too many characters and plot threads in its first season or two. The Batman mythos is incredibly expansive, and if the show hopes to achieve Smallville levels of longevity so that Bruce Wayne can gradually approach the cowl, it will need to be careful not to run through Gotham City’s most popular stories early on.

Are you excited that Maroni will appear on Gotham, or does it sound like the show is doing too much too soon? Sound off in the comments section.

Gotham premiers on Monday, September 22 at 8pm on Fox.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I can buy this after watching OZ and Dexter habitually. good casting

  2. I like this guy from Dexter. Will be fun to see him play a bad guy.

  3. Fweebo!

  4. Well, I got a bit bashed on the forums for suggesting this but… there were a lot of secondary characters in the TDK films that Nolan and his team sort of hinted at but never got around to exploring. Characters like the little Barbara Gordon at the end of TDK, or how Dr. Jonathan Crane as the head of Arkham essentially functions as Jeremiah Arkham / Dr. Hugo Strange, or how we have a “Rene Montoya” in the guise of “Det. Ramirez” and a “Harvey Bullock” with “Det. Stephens.” Similarly, a lot of these “hidden characters” occupy and pervade Nolan-verse in a way that they function as their comic-book counterparts but didn’t get enough narrative-focus (or a mention) because of the time constraints of the trilogy. As a fan of the trilogy, and as a life-long Batman fan, I am more than okay with that. It means that when I see Maroni sitting at a bar with his “mistress” in TDK, I immediately think of Sophia Gigante, who was his mistress and not wife, from The Long Halloween, or when Harvey Dent mentions how his coin was something he got from his father, it’s a nice reference to the comics’ backstory.

    Now, this can get to the point of an internet-obsession. I’m seeing the Penguin within the Dark Knight trilogy where he isn’t. Sal Maroni essentially functions as the Penguin from so many comics where Batman goes up to his club and roughs him up to get information on one of the rogues, Maroni was used for that purpose just as how the Penguin has been used in so many stories. Similarly, Earle in Batman Begins stood as this aristocratic, business-suit wearing antagonist to Bruce Wayne, just as how Oswald Cobblepot was an antagonist to Bruce Wayne in certain comics, only “Nolanized.”

    It’s a fan theory, just like suggesting that the thug in the Bhutanese prison at the beginning of Batman Begins was a “Ubu” counterpart. How crazy (or boring) does that sound to you?

  5. David Zayas is not Italian, he doesn’t sound Italian I would even say he comes off as half restarted. Very poor choice for an Italian gangster. The guy has a Spanish accent, who was the moron that cast this guy????????????????

  6. Yes…the show is doing too much too soon. Need to leave room for character development for the next few seasons. Just take it nice and slow.