[UPDATE: The Gotham producers have issued a statement following Pinkett Smith's comments.]
The announcement that Fox was developing a pre-Batman TV show set in Gotham City prompted reactions that were decidedly mixed, as a whole. However, since its debut last fall, Gotham has managed to gain momentum, even proving successful in introducing the Joker into the mix (read our review of the episode in question).
There are just a few episodes left until the end of Gotham season 1, so it'll be interesting to see what other big twists and reveals the show has in store for viewers in the immediate future. Today's news brings our first hint of what to expect (or rather, what not to expect) when season 2 rolls around later this year.
Jada Pinkett Smith, whose character Fish Mooney has been a significant focus for Gotham's freshman year, appeared on Live with Kelly & Michael (via The Wrap) this morning to promote the show; and naturally, the conversation turned to whether the actress will reprise the role in season 2. Here's what she had to say:
"I don't think so. I signed for a year, and the year's up. But there are some great things coming ahead on Gotham."
The revelation that Pinkett Smith may not be around for Gotham's second season isn't exactly surprising. After all, the character doesn't appear in the source comics and her purpose in season one has formats been to serve as a way to introduce Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) - and his subsequent rise up the ranks of Gotham's mobsters, after starting out as her underling.
UPDATE: Here is the official statement from Gotham's producers, regarding what lies ahead for the Fish Mooney character:
“Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting twists and turns into the finale of season one of ‘Gotham.'”
Recently, Mooney's fall from power hasn't exactly reassured fans that she would be a long-term fixture on the show; Pinkett Smith is also known to split her time between television and films (she appears next in Magic Mike XXL), which made a lengthy Gotham contract a long shot from the outset. Still, this doesn't necessarily mean that Fish Mooney's days are numbered.
Gotham could easily leave step away from Fish's story for a while (given her current predicament), keeping the door open for Pinkett Smith to pop up on the show in the future. Cobblepot may've only stayed away from the eponymous city for a few episodes (after his death was faked), but Fish could believably stay away much longer - until she can return to Gotham City and reclaim her power in full. Again, though, the fact that she is the only character on the show to be created exclusively for Gotham doesn't bode well for her survival.
Are you hoping that Fish Mooney will be around in Gotham season 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.
Source: Live! with Kelly and Michael [via The Wrap]