Gotham Adds Drew Powell to the Cast as Butch Gilzean
It would seem as if another villain is joining the ranks of the upcoming Fox series Gotham.Deadline is reporting that actor Drew Powell has been added to the ever-growing list of cast members.This is certainly not his first outing on the small screen. Powell is most well-known for his recurring role as Reede Smith on the CBS series The Mentalist.
As for his character on Gotham, he will be playing the second in command to Fish Mooney, the sadistic gangster boss of none other than Oswald Cobblepot, who most of you will recognize as the given name of The Penguin.
The cast of the upcoming series seems to be rounding out quite nicely. On February 11th, it was announced that they had cast actor Sean Pertwee in the role of Alfred Pennyworth, the faithful servant to the Wayne Family. They also cast The Walking Dead’s Robin Lord Taylor as a young Oswald Cobblepot and Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen as the head of the Homicide Division at the Gotham PD.
What would a series be without its lead? The O.C. actor Ben McKenzie has been cast as the young, not yet Commissioner, James Gordon. His partner, Detective Harvey Bullock, will be played by Sons of Anarchy actor Donal Logue.
As for Gilzean’s boss Fish Mooney, that role will be taken by actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
The cast is certainly rounding out quite nicely. Now, the next test will be to see how they all work together on the screen. There are a lot of skilled actors in the mix here, which could definitely make for some interesting television.
GOTHAM Adds Drew Powell As Villain ‘Butch Gilzean’
“Deadline report that Drew Powell (Ponderosa, Malcolm In The Middle) has been cast in a “guest starring/recurring role” in Fox‘s Batman prequel series, Gotham. Apparently he’ll be playing Butch Gilzean – a new character created for the show, and not an established DC Comics villain. According to the site Gilzean is “the deceptively clever and ambitious second-in-command to sadistic gangster boss Fish Mooney”. It’s always possible this guy will be an amalgamation of other lesser known characters, or have some of their attributes. “
ABOUT THE SHOW
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).