Batman’s coming to television — or, at least, many of his greatest villains are.
Fox’s “Gotham” pilot is currently in production, now that the show’s main cast has been finalized. The series focuses on rookie detective Jim Gordon before he became commissioner of Gotham City, and his budding friendship with young Bruce Wayne, immediately following the homicide of the future Batman’s parents.
Given the focus on Wayne and Gordon’s early years, fans can expect to see equally early versions of some of the other popular figures in the “Batman” universe. Case in point: Robin Lord Taylor, briefly seen on “The Walking Dead” as an ill-fated zombie-survivor, who joins “Gotham” as Oswald Cobblepot — the aspiring low-level gangster destined to become the ruthless Penguin.
While we’re still not sure when we’ll see the pilot, or a trailer for that matter, we already have an early look at “Gotham,” courtesy of on-set photographs from Splash News. Here’s what Taylor looks like as Cobblepot:
Pretty quacking good, right? The oversized glasses, the bow tie, the greasy hair — all of it comes together to create the full Penguin package. Great stuff.
As a bonus, do you see the newspaper Cobblepot is reading? It features a first look at Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, two of the GCPD’s finest. Looks like their hunt for Thomas and Martha Wayne’s killer has reached some sort of conclusion, but smart money says there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
What do you think of the “Gotham” first look? Let us know in the comments below!