Holy casting spree, Batman! It looks like the people at Fox were on a roll today. According to Variety, Fox has cast four more roles in the upcoming television series Gotham.
Any good story starts at the beginning, so let’s start there.
Sean Pertwee, who is the son of Jon Pertwee who famously portrayed the Third Doctor on the BBC series Doctor Who, has been cast in the role of Alfred Pennyworth. In the upcoming series, Alfred is described a little differently than we remember him in the previous Batman films. He is described as a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Wayne Family. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne.
Pertwee joins a list of actors who have taken up the role before him. Alan Napier played the part in the original 1960’s Batman, Michael Gough took over the role in the Tim Burton Batman franchise, and most recently Michael Caine played the role in the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise.
Next, we have Robin Lord Taylor who has been cast in the role of Oswald Cobblepot, the man who will eventually be known as The Penguin. Cobblepot is described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal. He is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who carefully hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.
This role has been undertaken twice before; first by Burgess Meredith in the 1960’s Batman series, and then again by Danny DeVito in the Tim Burton Batman franchise.
Then we have Zabryna Guevara who has been cast in the role of Captain Essen. Essen is the younger, not yet Commissioner, Gordon’s boss in the Homicide Squad at the Gotham City Police Department.
This brings us to Gordon’s ladylove. Erin Richards, who you may recognize from the television series Breaking In and Being Human has been cast as Barbara Keen. Keen is an ER doctor who is currently engaged to the rookie Gordon.
As you probably already know, The OC’s Ben McKenzie has been cast in the role of the young rookie cop who will eventually become Commissioner. There is still at least one vital role that has yet to be cast; the role of the young Bruce Wayne. Being the boy who will eventually become the Bat is a pretty big undertaking. It will be interesting to see who they cast in this role.
Director Danny Cannon has been brought on to direct the pilot episode of the series, while Bruno Heller has been brought on to write and executive produce the series.
What do you think of the latest casting decisions? Can you see the big picture finally starting to come together? How do you think they should cast as the young Bruce Wayne? Let us know what you think in the comments below.