Additional key roles for the Batman prequel series has been unveiled, short on the heels of the announcement that “Southland” star Ben McKenzie has been cast as Detective James Gordon.
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The Penguin, Alfred Pennyworth, Captain Essen and Barbara Kean have been cast:
Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin – Robin Lord Taylor (“The Walking Dead”)
“The character, described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.”
Alfred Pennyworth – Sean Pertwee (“Elementary”).
“In Gotham, the character is a tough-as-nails ex-Marine from East London who has loyally served Thomas and Martha Wayne for years. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he is fiercely protective of their young son, Bruce.”
Captain Essen – Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice”)
“Gordon’s boss at the Gotham City Police Department’s homicide unit, who balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that is as much corporate litigator as cop.”
Barbara Kean – Erin Richards (“Breaking In”)
“a sophisticated ER doctor who is engaged to marry Gordon. Joyful but with an edge of vulnerability, she stands by her future husband — which can be difficult in a world as corrupt as Gotham.”
The show is described as following the younger days of Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller develops the one-hour drama. He executive produces and writes the pilot, which is in the process of casting. Danny Cannon also serves as an executive producer and will direct.