Detective James Gordon has a busy schedule, what with simultaneously trying to solve crimes and clean up Gotham City’s hopelessly corrupt police department. Still, that doesn’t mean he can’t take time out for a bit of love. The first season of Gotham has seen the stalwart cop live a cozy life with his fiancée Barbara Kean, before starting up a romance with Dr. Leslie Thompkins.
Leslie is played by Morena Baccarin, who has been cleaning up lately when it comes to comic book properties. In addition to starring in Gotham, she’s also the voice of advanced AI Gideon in The Flash and next year can be seen playing the female lead in Deadpool.
Fortunately for fans of Leslie Thompkins these other commitments aren’t going to get in the way of her role on Gotham, as TVLine reports that Baccarin has been promoted to series regular for season two. This makes sense, considering she’s currently both Jim’s girlfriend and the GCPD’s medical examiner – so even if she loses one role she’ll be sticking around for the other.
Gotham was renewed for a second season back in January, and season one concluded last week with the finale “All Happy Families Are Alike“. Although no premiere date for season two has yet been set, the show is likely to return in fall 2015 and season two will feature younger versions of villains like the Joker and Mr. Freeze.
There were quite a few showdowns in Gotham‘s season one finale, including scenes in which the two loves of Jim Gordon’s life – Barbara and Leslie – sit down in Barbara’s apartment for a lengthy counselling session that ended pretty dramatically. There’s a lesson to be learned here about not trying to bond with your boyfriend’s ex-fiancée (especially shortly after she was held hostage by a serial killer).
By virtue of being included primarily as a love interest, Leslie didn’t get a whole lot of deep characterization in season one. Gotham has already made some changes from her role in the comics, so hopefully Baccarin will be given some more interesting things to do once she becomes a series regular.
Gotham season two is expected to air on Fox in late 2015/early 2016.