So Jada Pinkett Smith is joining Gotham, Fox’s new Batman-Minus-Batman TV show. According to the description released by Warner Brothers, she’s playing Fish Mooney, a “sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner” with “almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book.” Officially, this is a wholly original character. But The Dark Knight Rises‘ Miranda Tate was an “original character” too, and we all know that turned out. (Spoiler alert: She was Thanos the whole time.) So is Fish really “original”? Is she a new version of an old character? And either way, what will her role be in Gotham‘s grander scheme? Four potentially baseless but enticing theories below: READ FULL STORY
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I’ll never forget the day Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Rumors had been swirling for months — Would it be Jude Law? Johnny Depp? Adrien Brody? Who would be brave enough to take on the character that Jack Nicholson had played so perfectly 19 years before? And then, one day after school, I was sitting on my bed when my brother knocked on my door. He opened it and simply said, “Heath Ledger.” I immediately knew what he was referencing, and after a brief pause, the first words out of my mouth were, “That could work.”
It wasn’t surprising that I supported the decision. For one, I was already a huge fan of Ledger’s work, from Monster’s Ball to Brokeback Mountain and every Candy-esque film in between. Plus, I felt that his square jaw would work with the Joker’s look, so it made sense to me. However, that didn’t stop the speculation from running rampant, both on the interwebs and within my own home — Should there even be a Joker if it can’t be Nicholson? Is Ledger going to be able to pull this off? Even I started to doubt it at times. But I remember there being one distinct moment when all the speculation ended and the anticipation began: When they unveiled The Dark Knight‘s first teaser trailer. READ FULL STORY
This weekend, it was announced that Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. Minutes later, Twitter exploded with congratulations, a few skeptical remarks, and every O.C.-to-Gotham pun you can think of: “Welcome to Gotham, bitch.” “I hope Jim Gordon’s going to wear a choker.” “Does this mean Seth Cohen will be be The Joker?” And although I understand everyone’s desire to reference McKenzie’s well-known run as Ryan Atwood on my favorite show in the history of ever, I also want to stress that McKenzie being perfect for the role of Jim Gordon is about more than his work on The O.C.
Is The O.C. a factor? Of course. Do I think McKenzie’s four seasons as Ryan Atwood are a prime example for what he can do as an actor? Definitely. I just don’t think that one role entirely encompasses his ability, which is why I want to talk about the many other roles that make him a good fit to play Jim Gordon.
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