FOX has recruited Jada Pinkett Smith to join the cast of their much ballyhooed Batman prequel series ‘Gotham.’ The 42-year old actress is married to actor Will Smith and the Hollywood power couple are the parents of Trey (Will’s son from a previous marriage), Jaden and Willow Smith.
Smith is set to play Fish Mooney, an unsavory, sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who is street savvy and has an almost other-worldly ability to read people. Fish Mooney is also described as hot-headed and is the boss of a young man named Oswald Cobblepot, a low-level psychopath who eventually becomes The Penguin.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s last regular television role was in the TNT medical drama series ‘Hawthorne’ which was cancelled in 2011. She played the lead character, Christina Hawthorne.
‘Gotham’ will focus on the events following the deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents and give us background and insight into the lives of future Commissioner, James Gordon and those dastardly villains who made Gotham City such a cesspool of crime. Expect to see the not-humble makings of The Joker, The Riddler and Catwoman as well.
It will be interesting to see who will play or if we even learn of the early beginnings of some lesser known criminals. Some other fun villains from the 1960’s ‘Batman’ series included: Mr. Freeze, Egghead, King Tut, Mad Hatter, Louie the Lilac, Ma Parker, Black Widow and so on and so on.
Surely, this will all lead to Gotham City’s need for a caped crusader.