When it was revealed that Fox's Gotham series would focus on Detective James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie), many fans wondered which other characters from Batman lore would make an appearance. A cast of villainous rogues, as well as a young Bruce Wayne were always expected, and supporting players like Detective Harvey Bullock were appreciated, but the inclusion of a teenage Selina Kyle (read: future Catwoman) was easily one of the fledgling show's biggest surprises.
Portrayed by newcomer actress Camren Bicondova, a current teen dancer, Selina Kyle is now expected to play a major role in Gotham - one that will, likely, help coax Bruce out of isolation in Wayne Manor (and into the dangerous streets of Gotham City). Following the reveal of Donal Logue in character as Bullock, Fox has released the first official image of Bicondova in costume as Kyle.
Unofficial photos from the set of Gotham have already teased that Gotham intends to portray Kyle as a rebellious teenager - one who has already started testing her pre-Catwoman mettle on the mean streets. The official poster, complete with pointed buildings that foreshadow the character's antiheroine future, adds further evidence that, even as an adolescent, Kyle was extremely capable.
Check out an official image of Bicondova in the role of Kyle below (click to enlarge):
In case you missed the original announcement of Bicondova's casting, here's the official Gotham character synopsis for Kyle:
Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) is a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she’s dangerous when cornered.
Like her big screen predecessor, Bicondova's Kyle will be decked out in black leather, wear goggles, and utilize superior agility to defend herself, as well as navigate Gotham City. We've yet to discover exactly how the character comes into contact with David Mazouz's Bruce Wayne but, given the show's network TV roots, it's easy to imagine the pair will strike a fast friendship and that Kyle will help bring young Master Wayne out of his shell.
Official synopses and unofficial rumors have suggested that when we first meet Bruce he'll be a timid and sheltered kid, protected by his caretaker Alfred Pennyworth, shielded from dangers outside of Wayne Manor. Yet, in spite of his privileged life, Bruce will also have a dark side - haunted by the death of his parents. Who better than a wild (and pretty) young girl to encourage Bruce away from the safety of his home in a search for answers?
As a result, a street-savvy pickpocket iteration of Kyle will be a smart juxtaposition - as well as provide ample room for evolving the pair's relationship. Traditionally, Kyle is portrayed as morally grey but (often) noble, willing to break laws in order to accomplish her own goals (or protect innocent lives). Maintaining that complicated dichotomy will present opportunity for the Gotham writers to both define their version of Kyle as well as shape Wayne's pre-Batman personal boundaries and beliefs.
Hopefully the series can steer clear of Smallville-like melodrama but fans should still prepare for a possible romance (at least a few seasons down the line). In certain versions of DC mythos, the Caped Crusader and the Cat are even aware of their respective alter egos - creating a unique and challenging relationship dynamic. Of course, the actor and actress are still young, and while it's unlikely that we'll see either character full-on suit up as Batman or Catwoman during the main run of the show, it's highly possible that Gotham will rely on a similar story arc - relishing in the characters' struggle between flirtation and fighting.
Fox has promised more Gotham character images in the coming days, so check back soon for further reveals!
Gotham is in development and expected to premiere on FOX in Fall 2014.
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