Gotham

HOF: August Entrant # 8 – Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney

Each month our team of dedicated writers and DC fanatics will be nominating one person to enter the DCWorld Hall of Fame Monthly Semi Final. We will be each posting an article, to put to you the people, why our nominee should go into the HOF Final in December. Here is the eighth and final entry into the DCWorld Hall of Fame August semi-final…

Maria Mercedes ‘Fish’ Mooney – the queen of the underworld representing everything so bad but so tempting.
Jada Pinkett-Smith delivers a powerful performance which is possibly overlooked from time to time. She
makes it impossible to hate the character and instead has become moreish and loveable villain.

Fish Mooney is certainly one of the best female villains of all time in my opinion.
Her beautifully crafted costumes and pitch perfect dialogue reflects female dominance and power,
leaving us anxious to what she has planned next. The level of evil that she portrays is not seen any
TV series before, making it so good. you can’t help respect the trust and confidence that she portrays in each episode.

Fish Mooney ruled season 1 with her right hand man Oswald Cobblepot, a growing friendship that
will be tested in each season. After Season 3 their friendship will be seen from a different light, after everything they have endured.

Show some respect for the best villain out there – Fish Mooney!

SDCC 2017 : Gotham Coverage

It’s that time of year again when television and film from different universes descend on San Diego.

Some of the Gotham cast came back for a fourth year, Robin Lord Taylor, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, Drew Powell, Cory Michael Smith and Alexander Siddig came together to do autograph signings and interviews about what is next for Gotham.

Gotham Team at SDCC

The theme running through the season will be ‘Family’. Two comics will inspire season 4 the first half of the season ‘The long Halloween, second half ‘Year one’.

Ben McKenzie has written episode 4, which they are currently prepping. Jim Gordon will be going down a darker path, this is due to Penguin regaining control of the police department and handing out licences to commit crimes. So Jim needs to decide how he is going to fight Penguin, directly or find allies to fight The Penguin.
Penguin will be teaming up with Victor Zsasz to become a powerful duo, I am personally very excited about this and to see The Iceberg Lounge.

Bruce Wayne will be getting full body amour, grapplings and hooks, but will not become Batman. Bruce will also learn from Jim’s success and failures, almost circling each other throughout the season.

Rebirth of Barbara will see her evolve into a different version. Erin Richards commented, “Barbara has been the craziest she can be at the end of season 3.”

Barbara will still intertwine with the other characters in Gotham, including some training with Ra’s al Ghul. The relationship between Tabitha, Selina and Barbara will be very strong sisterhood and they also have a set up in a new location, which is still yet to be revealed. Jessica Lucas ( Tabitha) knew she was brought on the show to be a mentor to Selina. Camren Bicondova has also recently been doing her own stunts. One thing that was also mentioned Barbara and Jim will have a daughter at some point.

The biggest spoiler for me as I still have not seen the finale of Season 3 is that Butch got shot in the head and is really called Cyrus Gold and will become Solomon Grundy. His storyline will be very similar to his origin where Solomon will become best friends with The Riddler!

The Riddler will be very much still on ice at the beginning of the season, not a great a lot of detail was released in how he will escape. Cory Michael Smith is looking forward to see how his The Riddler will change his game plan after defrosting.

So with Ra’s al Ghul dropping a whole heap of hell on Gotham, we will see the Scarecrow also returning to Gotham. The same actor Charlie Tahan will reprise his role as Jonathan Crane. This has had a huge positive reaction from fans on social media. Jonathan Crane will return in a highly toxic full on creepy vibe.

Another casting was announced the actress Crystal Reed. Crystal will be playing Sofia Falcone the daughter of Don Carmine Falcone. She is a strong, intelligent and calculating and has been running the Falcone operation in the south for the past 10 years. Sofia will return to Gotham to help Jim Gordon take down the Penguin.v

This morning through reliable sources on twitter John Stephens executive producer confirmed Harley Quinn will never appear in Gotham.

Gotham returns to Thursday 28th September on Fox.

HOF : August Entrant #1 – Robin Lord Taylor

Each month our team of dedicated writers and DC fanatics will be nominating one person to enter the DCWorld Hall of Fame Monthly Semi Final. We will be each posting an article, to put to you the people, why our nominee should go into the HOF Final in December. Here is the first entry into the DCWorld Hall of Fame August semi-final…

When I first think about Robin Lord Taylor’s portrayal of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka The Penguin from the television series Gotham, it’s the admiration of a villain that is very likeable even maybe loveable. His exterior with his stylish suits, carefully chosen colour waistcoats, cufflinks and shoes makes him stand in the most unique way. Oswald’s hair is often styled to reflect what is happening with his emotions.

The nickname Penguin was given to him when he was an umbrella boy for Fish Mooney, Oswald detested it but learned to embrace it.

Oswald Cobblepot should never be underestimated he is extremely clever and always one step or even three steps ahead of his enemies. Oswald’s devotion for his mother Gertrude, was something to be admired. His ability and ambition to become the King of Gotham by the end of season one showed he knew where to find loyalty and show loyalty back.

One of the many things I admire about Oswald is during his rise and fall of power he never gave up. A true self made man that ran a clean election to become the Mayor of Gotham. He can talk his way out of any situation and being one of Gotham’s super villains he loves Gotham city and sees it very much his home. Oswald made it very clear to the Galavan’s in season 2 he’s a builder, not a destroyer and was enraged by Jerome’s chaos on Gotham.

Mr Robin Lord Taylor please take a bow because you have made one of DC’s ionic characters even more iconic.

Teen Choice Awards nominees feature DC TV stars!

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on the Fox television network. The awards honour the year’s biggest achievements in music, film sports, television, fashion and more. All the nominees and winners are voted for the viewers.

The second wave of nominees have been announced. One category in particular stood out and got the twitter universe tweeting, Choice TV Villain ( #ChoiceTVVillain).

Four out of the six nominees were villains from Dc shows:

  • Cory Michael Smith – Gotham
  • Grant Austin – The Flash
  • Josh Segarra – Arrow
  • Terri Hatcher – Sugergirl

I know who I am voting for. How about you?

Here is how you vote:

  • Voting starts on the 12 July 2017
  • Voting ends on the 19 July 2017

On Twitter:

  • Your account has to be public
  • You can vote from anywhere in the world
  • Your tweet must have #ChoiceTVVillain
  • Your chosen full name OR his / her twitter @
  • You can include gifs, pictures or videos
  • You can only vote 10 times a day
  • Retweets count as votes

Cory Michael Smith took to Twitter this evening to thank everyone for loving Nygma and was delighted to be nominated.

Nygma has definitely been a popular growing villain, especially throughout season 2 of Gotham. Ed started working at the Gotham City Police department as forensic scientist, who also was very fond of speaking in riddles. Edwards path of villainy started when he murdered police offer Tom Dougherty who physically harmed his future girlfriend Miss Kristin Kringle. That romance was not to be as Ed took Miss Kringle’s life. As Jim Gordon looked further into the her disappearance, Ed framed Jim for the murder of Strike Force police officer Carl Pinkney. He was later captured and sent to Arkham Asylum.

Edward Nygma was released after six months into his sentence this was made possible by Oswald Cobblepot, who decided he needed Ed to help him run for Mayor of Gotham.

In a twisted fate Edward met and fell in love with Isabella. She too was murdered which had been organised by Oswald Cobblepot. Nygma soon formed an alliance with Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galvan and Butch Gilzean after discovering Oswald was responsible for her death.
As he took Oswald down, Nygma started on his own way in Gotham. He is ready to unleash wrath on Gotham as The Riddler.

Good luck to all the nominees, I am sure the best villain will win….as always.

CHARITY AUCTION: Robin Lord Taylor signed photo

Our team members were ready and raring out at Heroes & Villains London this past May, getting autographs and photos with the greats from our DC TV shows, including Robin Lord Taylor.

However, upon meeting Robin, our resident Social Media and Marketing Manager, Rachel McCosker told him of her love and passion for cats, a loved shared by the man himself.

Rachel told Robin all about her previous employment with Cats Protection and how she loves cats and has a great interest in their behaviour. It was at this point that Robin very kindly donated a photo of himself, signed there and then, and told her to use it to raise money for Cats Protection.

charity auction signed by robin lord taylor

This auction begins today and will end in 2 weeks time, on the 25th July 2017. To enter, you need to go over to Twitter, and direct message Rachel on @MissRachy_X with your bid and your full name, so that she can register your bid. The highest bidder will be announced shortly after the 25th of this month.

This is your chance to pick up a very special photo signed by the man himself, Robin Lord Taylor and raise money for a very worthy cause that has his seal of approval!

Gotham season 4 begins filming this week

With several reliable sources on twitter and Instagram over the last couple of weeks, Gotham Season 4 will begin filming back at Steiner studios in Brooklyn New York on the 20th June 2017.
Executive producer John Stephens posted on twitter the title of the first episode “Pax Penguina” which is written by himself and to be directed by executive producer Danny Cannon. As in true Gotham style the title doesn’t really give anything away.

Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle) revealed fours days ago she had been for her first costume fitting. It’s going to be very interesting to see how they progress with Selina’s style in the next season.

Looks like there is going be a lot of 00Alfred action, Sean Pertwee ( Alfred Pennyworth) posted a superb photo of him reading his script on a rooftop with the caption underneath “ Gotham roof top action. Literally”. What will lead Alfred up on to those rooftops?


There has also been a lot of visually beautiful photographs coming through which have been taken by Danny Cannon and Cinematographer Crescenzo Notarlie as they have been scouting locations. One of the images showed a room full of safety deposit boxes, so this might indicate a lot is going to happen in a bank in the opening episode. Crescenzo often posts fantastic images whilst they are filming Gotham, I highly recommend you follow him on twitter.

Several casting calls outs have been posted on twitter. My favourite being a casting call for mental patients with crazy hair, gaunt faces etc. So if anyone would like to be in Arkham Asylum, now is your chance!

Gotham – Why is it my favourite in the DC Universe?

The dark gritty city of Gotham fascinated me when I saw the original Batman film staring Michael Keaton and Directed by Tim Burton. I was 12 years old when the film was released and spotted a making of the movie book in my local supermarket, I was instantly intrigued. The vivid symbol on the front cover, I wanted to know the Batman. Sat in the cinema listening to the orchestral theme by Danny Elfman gave me goosebumps, the opening scene of the two thieves on the rooftop one of them being lifted off the ground by a mysterious figure had the thief trembling the words “what are you”? His reply “I’m Batman”.

When Batman returns was released in 1992 it was another chance for me to see the city of Gotham and be introduced to two of my favourite characters Selina ‘Catwoman’ Kyle and Oswald ‘the Penguin’ Cobblepot. These two characters along with Batman changed the way I looked at characters, made me ask why and how they become like they are. This is why still to this day these two Batman films remain my favourite.

I was very tentative to watch Gotham as I wasn’t sure if I wanted a prequel. Didn’t we already know how Master Bruce becomes the Batman whilst in the care of his guardian British butler Alfred? When the idea of how The Riddler and The Penguin become it was definitely an interesting concept with young rookie Detective James Gordon being the lead character. I approached Gotham in a very organic way, I didn’t want to know who had been cast as who, writers and directors. The pilot episode was an absolute surprise and one of the best pilot episodes I had ever seen. The introduction of each character and their origin was a beautiful checklist, Selina, Bruce, James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Alfred, Ivy, Edward Nygma, Oswald Cobblepot, Don Carmine Falcone. Even characters I wasn’t familiar with Captain Sarah Essen, Montoya and Allen from the MCU. The added new character were also brilliant, Barbara Keen, Butch Gilzean and Fish Mooney.

Gotham is a timeless setting. You don’t know what year they are in, season or month. Their cellphones are not smart phones, they use typewriters, over head projectors and their cars are American classics. There is a visual richness to the way Gotham is filmed, their set locations really make the world of Gotham feel real.

The heart of the why Gotham is my favourite in the DC Universe is the characters and their origin story. You want the villains to succeed, whilst you also want the good guys to succeed. The very humane part of their stories makes Gotham a very unique show. You can relate to how each individual character has to deal with their demons and challenges they face. I have never watched a television show where I genuinely like all their characters and understand why they are like they are. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon were very clever in introducing Two new characters in season 1, Fish Mooney and Butch Gilzean. Fish in particular was a clever and important story arc, as a female underworld boss she was exactly how I imagined her to be.

I feel very strongly that Gotham is one of the most underrated television programmes, with a strong talented cast. The creative and writing collaboration behind Gotham constantly surprise you with the decisions In which story arcs they use and decide where they take their characters.

June 9th 2017: The day that Batman died

William West Anderson, known to the world as Adam West, was an American actor whose career touched lives for over seventy years. He is best known for portraying Batman in the 1966 Batman TV Series on ABC.

It was producer William Dozier who cast West in the iconic role of Bruce Wayne and his counterpart Batman in the TV series after seeing him play a spy named Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial, proving that a hero can come from anywhere and be anyone.

The Batman TV show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968. It lasted for 120 episodes over 3 seasons. During the hiatus of the first season the feature-length film version was released.

After his prominent role as the Caped Crusader, West went back to film trying to break the type-cast of the campy superhero and starred in The Girl Who Knew Too Much in 1969. He played a shady tough guy with a killer’s instinct. However; he was still seen by the public largely as a heroic figure and the film was mostly unsuccessful at the box office due in some part to this fact.

Unknown to most fans, West was even offered the role of James Bond for the film Diamonds Are Forever in 1970. West did not accept the role declaring that he believed 007 should always be played by a British actor.

Over the next several decades he continued to star in films, TV shows, and did voice-over work. He even made a living between roles doing personal appearances as Batman for public-service announcements and fan events.

Over the years, West often returned to voice the characters of Bruce Wayne and Batman. He did so in the animated series The New Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Tarzan and the Super 7, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.


In 1979, West reprised his iconic role and once again donned the cape and cowl for the TV special Legends of the Superheroes.

West made such a lasting contribution to the character that in 1985, DC Comics named West as an honoree in their 50th anniversary Fifty Who Made DC Great for his work on the Batman series.

West had even been considered by Tim Burton to play Thomas Wayne in Batman in 1989 before that idea was scrapped. Even though he was still considered Batman by most, West never appeared in any of the theatrically released Batman films, even in cameo.

West would later make a voice-over appearance in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, but not as Batman. Kevin Conroy was voicing Batman at the time so they offered him a role as Simon Trent. Trent was a down and out actor who used to play a superhero called The Gray Ghost on TV. However, once the show was over Trent was now type-cast and had trouble finding a steady job.

The producers were originally going to reject that episode as they felt it echoed Adam West’s career and was mean spirited. To their astonishment, West jumped at the chance to voice this type of character. In tribute, the character of Batman was written to have a shrine of collectables dedicated to The Gray Ghost in the BatCave.

West would later have a recurring role as the voice of Mayor Grange in the WB animated series The Batman. He went on to voice Thomas Wayne in an episode of the cartoon series Batman: The Brave and the Bold and in the same series, he played Batman’s prototype robot, named Protobot.

He would voice Batman again in the computer animated short film Batman: New Times and for the last time in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

Sadly, On June 9, 2017, after nearly seven decades of bringing the world happiness and heroics; West died in Los Angeles, California after a battle with Leukemia at the age of 88.

He wasn’t the first to voice or portray Batman and he wasn’t the last. To most of us he was our first Batman. To those who grew up with him, he is and will always be our Batman. To many more he is the definitive Batman.

Batman is the hero that Gotham deserved but didn’t need. Adam West was the hero we needed but didn’t deserve.

Just like Batman, Adam’s legacy will live on forever in the hearts of boys and girls all over the world with hope in their hearts and a burning desire to see justice prevail.

In the end, he died as he had lived: fighting the good fight. I believe in my heart that the light at the end of his tunnel was a Bat-Signal from Heaven.

Adam West is an icon, a hero, and a legend.

He will be remembered…for he is Batman.

Honor him.

The Dark Knight Rises, but what is next for Bruce Wayne? [FINALE SPOILERS]…

By now we all know what happened in the finale of Gotham. And it was pure brilliance. The best finale of not only Gotham, but the whole of Gotham and the Flarrowverse, introduced Soloman Grundy, Catwoman, the beginning of Batman and there were deaths too. What is next for Bruce Wayne after meeting Ra’s Al Ghul?

Will he don ‘the suit’?

As Batman fans and Gotham fans we need to get one thing straight. Bruce still is not Batman, just because he dressed all in black, kicked someone’s ass and stood on the corner of a high rise building as Batman would. He is a trainee vigilante and he wont wear the suit until the end of Gotham, when the series ends for good.

Will he get any Bat-tech or the Batmobile?

As mentioned above, Bruce is nothing but a trainee vigilante. Surely he has a lot more to learn from Alfred in fighting skills. But not only Alfred. Ra’s Al Ghul wasn’t introduced for one episode for Alfred to die and come back. We know that Bruce Wayne has a lot to learn, and he could learn a ot from the League of Assassins. With many more villains coming next season I expect to see Solomon Grundy, Penguin, Riddler, Joker, Scarecrow and more causing havoc in Gotham. Gordon isn’t going to be able to contain all of this on his own. Bruce Wayne is going to have to learn quick, but not quick enough to have all the tech. Tat would make it feel far too easy to become Batman.

Villains come to a head?

All of these villains in Gotham, and nobody apart from Jim Gordon to keep the city safe? That is a joke and he’s been doing a bad job of it. Anyone would think Jim Gordon was a superhero the way he has been shown in Gotham, and although Gotham was always meant to be the story of Jim, we know who the real hero is. As mentioned above, there is far too much evil in Gotham now, and I expect to see Bruce getting into scrapes with the likes of Oswald Cobblepot and co. in the next season.

Conclusion

Whatever happens in the next season, expect to be wondering why nobody is asking Bruce the question ‘Why so serious?’. Bruce is about to get a lot more intense, a lot more free and a lot more confident. And I for one can’t wait to see how he plays out as the uprising Batman next season.

DC World Celebrity Shoutouts from HVFF London

This weekend I was lucky enough to go to Heroes and Villains Fan Fest at the London Olympia.

The event was absolutely amazing and very interactive with celebrity guests from TV, Film, Artists and more.

Guests from Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Legends of tomorrow, Supergirl, and Guardians of the Galaxy and others were there signing autographs, taking pictures and talking on stage.

I was lucky enough to get a few special shoutouts from guests from Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl so take a look below, plus more DC World Exclusive interviews coming throughout the week so stay posted, plus a full in depth article on the whole weekend events and more.

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