Gotham: Jada Pinkett Smith Cast As Villain On New FOX Drama

by Michael Copeland / February 20, 2014

Jada Pinkett SmithThere are few bigger draws in today’s world of entertainment than comic book adaptations, which is exactly what FOX is banking on as they develop Gotham, a new drama set in the Batman universe. Casting news has been coming fast and furious as of late, with “Southland’s” Ben McKenzie signing on to play a young Jim Gordon, and always working journeyman actor Donal Logue (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Copper”) gearing up to portray Gordon’s grizzled detective mentor Harvey Bullock.

Now, in what has to be the most surprising Gotham news yet, Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will) has agreed to come onboard as a series regular. In a departure from her usual type of role, Jada will play ruthless gangster Fish Mooney,  a nightclub owner and crime boss with an almost psychic level ability to read people. Fish employs multiple Gotham criminals, including none other than Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin.

This will be Smith’s first regular TV role since the 2011 cancellation of her TNT medical drama “Hawthorne.” Of course, while she’s not usually a villain, this will hardly be the actress’ first time playing a badass. She previously co-starred as Niobe in the sequels to 1999 blockbuster “The Matrix,” and battled a scenery chewing Billy Zane in the 1995 film “Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight.”

Other confirmed cast members for Gotham include Sean Pertwee as a sure to be tough-as-nails Alfred Pennyworth, relative unknown Robin Lord Taylor as the aforementioned Cobblepot, Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice”) as no-nonsense police captain Sarah Essen, and Erin Richards (“Breaking In”) as Gordon’s fianc√© Barbara Kean. The biggest role left to be cast is that of young Bruce Wayne, who will of course eventually become the Caped Crusader we all know.

Gotham is expected to debut during the 2014-2015 TV season. Are you interested in watching an origin story for Gotham’s greatest heroes and villains? Is Jada Pinkett Smith a good choice for the role of Fish Mooney?

Michael Copeland is a staff writer for ScreenFad, and has been covering TV and movie news for various websites since 2011. He'd tell you more about himself, but is afraid you might get bored.