Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Enlists Jada Pinkett Smith as Penguin’s Gangster Boss

[The Hollywood Reporter]

She’ll co-star in the Batman prequel from “The Mentalist’s” Bruno Heller with “Southland’s” Ben McKenzie.

Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith

Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham has cast another of its big bads.

Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to the small screen, booking a co-starring role in the show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Gotham is an origin tale centering on DC Comics fixture commissioner James Gordon (Southland‘s Ben McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham famous.

Pinkett Smith will play Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.

Mooney is the boss of Oswald Cobblepot — aka The Penguin (played by The Walking Dead alum Robin Lord Taylor) — who in Gotham is a low-level psychopath who hides his sadistic lust for power behind a polite demeanor.


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