April 2nd, 2014
06:00 PM ET
Fox's Batman prequel "Gotham" is edging closer to spreading its wings.
For the past several weeks the series has been regularly adding new cast members, including the kid who'll play young Bruce Wayne himself.
Here's what you should know:
It's partly focused on Commissioner Gordon: And that role will be played by Ben McKenzie ("The O.C.," "Southland"). Technically, since this is an origin story about how Gotham came to be so crime-filled and how that changed the characters in it, McKenzie will be playing James Gordon pre-Commissioner status.
But all the classic Batman characters are included: What's interesting about the prequel series is that it's angling to give us insight into how some of the Caped Crusader's biggest foes came to be. We'll get kid versions of the kid who'll eventually become Batman, but we'll also see Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler in their younger years, too.
David Mazouz, whom you might remember from "Touch," has been cast as Bruce Wayne in the prequel, and he'll star alongside Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. Robin Lord Taylor is Oswald Cobblepot, or the Penguin, and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, who'll one day be The Riddler.
It has Jada Pinkett Smith playing a gangster: Jada Pinkett Smith's Fish Mooney, a nightclub owner and gangster boss, is supposedly a brand-new character to the Batman world, but don't be shocked if her character transforms into a more familiar baddie. Oswald Cobblepot/future-Penguin is one of the young thugs on her payroll.
It's from the guy behind "The Mentalist": Bruno Heller has written the pilot for the prequel, which has a series commitment, and is executive producing the project.
It's hoping to run long enough to give Batman his cape: Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this year that he's envisioning a series that takes us from Batman's youth all the way to when he first puts on his cape.
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