Fox’s Gotham has largely focused on a handful of DC Comics characters in its first season, including Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). The show’s first season has also introduced many iconic villains from the comic books, such as The Joker, The Riddler, Scarecrow, and more recently the Red Hood.
However, Gotham hasn’t only focused on introducing viewers to well-known Batman villains; the series also recently featured Mary Lloyd and John Grayson, the parents of Batman sidekick Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin. Now, one of Bruce Wayne’s future allies has been cast on Gotham.
Deadline is reporting Chris Chalk (12 Years A Slave, The Newsroom) has joined the cast of Gotham as Lucius Fox, a tech genius at Wayne Enterprises. Chalk will first appear as Lucius in episode 21 of Gotham’s first season and may return for season 2.
Reportedly, Lucius will be a “moral beacon” for Bruce as he investigates the goings on of Wayne Enterprises. Lucius will help Bruce maintain Thomas Wayne’s legacy, becoming a confidant of the boy who will later become Batman. In the comics, Lucius becomes the CEO of Wayne Enterprises when Bruce takes up vigilantism as Batman. Lucius Fox also appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, played by Morgan Freeman.
Although Bruce may not be the singular focus of Gotham, the character has seen a notable progression since the murder of his parents, Martha and Thomas Wayne, in the pilot episode. The first half of the season focused on Bruce’s obsession with his parents’ murder, but more recently has seen him take an interest in Wayne Enterprises and the questionable decisions made since his parents’ deaths.
With Chalk cast as Lucius and set to appear in the penultimate episode of season 1, it would seem that Bruce will only become more involved in his father’s business. Additionally, since Chalk has the option to return in season 2 of Gotham, Bruce’s involvement in Wayne Enterprises may continue past the first season.
Of course, as has been the case with many side characters introduced on Gotham, Lucius may only appear in one or two episodes, such as Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), who was only featured in the two episodes leading up to the midseason break. We won’t know more about Lucius’ role on Gotham until more about the final season 1 episodes is revealed - or we may even need to wait for season 2.
Gotham airs Mondays @8pm on Fox.