GOTHAM Posters Tease Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and More

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Given the level of interest it’s generating, you’d think Fox had brought back Christopher Nolan to direct its new Batman TV show.  Fans are eager to get a look at Gotham when the series debuts this fall, and Fox is happily satiating the interest by doling out bits and pieces of the show here and there.  Today, the network has released a collection of Gotham posters that give us a look at the characters that will be populating the show’s iteration of Gotham City.  A Batman prequel series of sorts, Gotham focuses on the exploits of a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as his navigates his way through the Gotham police department and strikes up a friendship with the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  It’s an interesting way to tap into the comic book fever, but all of this is moot if the show isn’t any good.  Here’s hoping for the best.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Gotham character posters, which also feature Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as Riddler, Camren Bicondova as Catwoman, and Clare Foley as Poison Ivy.  Gotham debuts on Fox this fall.

Take a look at some of the Gotham posters below and head over to EW to see the rest.

Here’s the official synopsis for Gotham:

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.




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  • Doug_101

    I guess having a girl named Pamela Isley who loves plants wasn’t obvious enough, so they had to name her Ivy. Still curious to see how this goes, though.

    • Underground Anthem TX

      Exactly! And, in case no one knows who Selina Kyle is, let’s put a cat in there! So lame.

      • Drake

        It’s a promotional poster … calm down.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Who’s upset?

      • MIXTER

        she had that cat in the animated show, and comics. called Isis.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Haha I know Catwoman has cats– I’ve been reading Batman for a long time. It’s the terrible photoshopped mess of a poster that I’m critiquing, not the fact that Catwoman has a cat.

      • MIXTER

        she had that cat in the animated show, and comics. called Isis.

    • brNdon

      Ivy Pepper?!?! Ridiculous! And that chick playing Selina bugs me out. I cant get over that alien look.

      • Jon

        Feline look. I thought it was a bit of great casting.

      • brNdon

        Catwoman isn’t Catwoman because she looks like a cat. The penguin is supposed to look like a penguin and they turned him into a pointy nosed hipster.

      • brNdon

        Catwoman isn’t Catwoman because she looks like a cat. The penguin is supposed to look like a penguin and they turned him into a pointy nosed hipster.

      • brNdon

        Catwoman isn’t Catwoman because she looks like a cat. The penguin is supposed to look like a penguin and they turned him into a pointy nosed hipster.

      • Jon

        Feline look. I thought it was a bit of great casting.

      • Jon

        Feline look. I thought it was a bit of great casting.

      • Guest

        You can’t get over it? That’s a great compliment towards the casting agents and the actress. Describing her as “forgettable” would be the worst.

        But I do agree with you on Poison Ivy’s name change. That’s just unacceptable…

      • brNdon

        Not really. She’s a no name. Casting someone based on their looks is a bogus move. And I have no problem forgetting her. The only time I ever think of this soon to be cancelled show is when an article comes up. It just bugs me to look at her.

    • MIXTER

      Maybe Pamela will be her pseudonym!? like her “Clark Kent” alter ego. I’d prefer this, that would mean she is really called Ivy.

      • Doug_101

        That’s a possibility. If I’m not mistaken, in the brief glimpse we get of her in the trailer, is she in a hospital? Maybe she takes on a new identity later.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, I usually take a new name after I go in for a check-up. I was Juan Carlo Benitez until I got strep and had to see a doctor for some medicine. Now I’m Lex Walker, until flu season.

      • Doug_101

        What I was getting at is that maybe she was in a mental hospital and escapes, a la Arkham Asylum.

      • Quincy Ficklebaum

        Lex Walker is no more. Now I go by Quincy Ficklebaum. And I got what you were saying, I was just being absurd. Or…am I still?

    • MIXTER

      Maybe Pamela will be her pseudonym!? like her “Clark Kent” alter ego. I’d prefer this, that would mean she is really called Ivy.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    I really try to give everything a chance before criticizing it, but these look really cheap. Who wants this? I mean, besides executives?

    Should’ve just adapted Gotham Central.

    • LEM

      I’m sure the initial idea was to do just that but once the uncreative execs get involved we’re left with a Muppet Babies version of Gotham.

  • gar216

    I’m just not that interested in Gotham before Batman. Other people may be, but I just can’t get into it. I’d personally rather see Nightwing or Batman Beyond.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Duly noted.

    • Grayden

      I’d rather not see anything regarding Batman because he’s been done to death. This is at least interesting in that it’s about the criminal element of Gotham City itself. It’s not focusing on the vigilante hero/anti-hero that is Batman, but the reasons, and the climate, for which Batman came into being.

      • gar216

        To me… The Nolan trilogy told that story.

      • MIXTER

        No, he quit after 3 films and missed out on all that potential. No riddler/penguin/freeze/ivy.. he deemed them too unrealistic for his films. Looks like this tv shows proven him wrong.

      • Manchego Cheese

        The wheel will eventually turn against Nolan’s Batman films… or should I say, films in which Batman occasionally turned up in.

        To each his own, but someone will do Batman better than Nolan. If only because it can be done.

        The Joker, on the other hand… more difficult. Ledger’s efforts are the only thing about those three films that is truly best in show as far as Batman is concerned.

    • MIXTER

      Yeah, i wish they cancelled Breaking Bad after series 1, coz, ya know, a teacher with cancer and a junkie cooking meths, well, i just can’t get into that idea.

      Its comments like that, that destroy the potential for great tv shows, mostly before anyones even seen an episode. Its also why people didn’t go see Dredd in theatres, and why we likely won’t get sequels.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Dude, you really have to stop comparing a comic book prequel show that will air on FOX (and that you’ve never seen) to Breaking Bad.

        If it’s great, people will admit it and it will be a success. If it sucks, and is just like Arrow, it will STILL be a success, because a lot of comic book fans will watch ANYTHING.

        Don’t worry. A few internet commenters critiquing the promo posters isn’t going to kill this show. “breaking bad”. Good Lord.

    • MIXTER

      Yeah, i wish they cancelled Breaking Bad after series 1, coz, ya know, a teacher with cancer and a junkie cooking meths, well, i just can’t get into that idea.

      Its comments like that, that destroy the potential for great tv shows, mostly before anyones even seen an episode. Its also why people didn’t go see Dredd in theatres, and why we likely won’t get sequels.

    • LEM

      A Nightwing series could have been great. I do think this show has the potential to be cancelled in the first season especially if they rely on Batman references instead of the Jim Gordon story.

  • eternalozzie

    I think my bias against this series is simply I hate prequels … I already know how it ends so there’s no point watching. I am just as irritated that Disney decided Star Wars needed another prequel cartoon series.

    • agent777

      Well, you can tell how most things end. You can assume Bond is going to off the bad guy, and I’m sure those who saw Lord of the Rings without having read the books could assume that a ring would be thrown into a volcano at some point, and consider Kill Bill, the title tells you how that’s going to end.

      As with anything, if a prequel is done right, it can be amazing, if it’s done wrong it can be awful.

      • eternalozzie

        keep your logic to yourself … this is a movie blog … it has no place here. ;)

      • LEM

        Kill Bill only tells you what she’s going to attempt.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I think you’re giving Tarantino too much credit. Subtlety is not his forte. When he names a movie “Kill Bill”, it’s because he’s bad at keeping spoilers under wraps.

      • LEM

        Is that why he threw a temper tantrum when “The Hateful Eight” script was leaked?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No, that was for publicity. Who’d have thought a “controversy” would arise over a film produced by the Weinstein Company (check their history – a false controversy is how they’ve marketed about 6 of their films). If Tarantino really cared, he’d have stuck to his initial statement about not making the movie, but instead it’s business as usual.

    • Jon

      I’m thinking it’s meant to be more origin stories of Batman’s rogues gallery. In that respect I think it’s a really cool idea and has a lot of potential once those characters start being developed.

      Then again, a Darth Vadar origin story sounds bad ass. But then it wasn’t….

    • Jon

      I’m thinking it’s meant to be more origin stories of Batman’s rogues gallery. In that respect I think it’s a really cool idea and has a lot of potential once those characters start being developed.

      Then again, a Darth Vadar origin story sounds bad ass. But then it wasn’t….

    • Jon

      I’m thinking it’s meant to be more origin stories of Batman’s rogues gallery. In that respect I think it’s a really cool idea and has a lot of potential once those characters start being developed.

      Then again, a Darth Vadar origin story sounds bad ass. But then it wasn’t….

    • LEM

      Comic heroes have so many versions that there is no real “end”.

  • Oliver Queen

    This has potential to be brilliant and i hope it will be, but Ivy Pepper, really? What next, Harvey Toofeis? Victor FREEZE?

    • God’s Diamond

      What about Johnny mafiosopuppethand lulz

    • Dude

      Umm . . . . i think victor’s last name Fries is Pronounced “freeze”. So that’s actually true.

    • Dude

      Umm . . . . i think victor’s last name Fries is Pronounced “freeze”. So that’s actually true.

      • MIXTER

        exactly! Victor Fries, who just so happens to Freeze people. P-Eisley, as in poison Ivy, same again, E Nygma,=mystery, Riddler (I’ll let that one go because its what he does and e nygma could easily not be his real name, but an alias/riddle. But all the other names i mentioned and a few more Bat villains names sound like aliases/riddles.

      • MIXTER

        exactly! Victor Fries, who just so happens to Freeze people. P-Eisley, as in poison Ivy, same again, E Nygma,=mystery, Riddler (I’ll let that one go because its what he does and e nygma could easily not be his real name, but an alias/riddle. But all the other names i mentioned and a few more Bat villains names sound like aliases/riddles.

    • The Flobbit

      Looking forward to Mr J. Okur

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Are you sure his real name isn’t Jokey McJokejoke Jokerson?

      • The Flobbit

        Don’t make a joke of it.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Surely you jest.

      • The Flobbit

        Why so serious?

    • The Flobbit

      Looking forward to Mr J. Okur

    • LEM

      isn’t it Victor Fries? I guess judging from these posters they’ll change it to freeze.

  • DEADP00L

    At least she’s a real redhead.

  • tim

    good to see young dren from splice getting more work.

  • tim

    good to see young dren from splice getting more work.

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  • MIXTER

    Bookmark this thread folks, because if this series turns out to be the next Breaking Bad, but gets cancelled due to poor viewing figures, yet you all try signing petitions for to get more series, that fall on deaf ears. Come back to this page, and see the whining that will undoubtedly be the cause of its failure.

    You people baffle me!

  • MIXTER

    Bookmark this thread folks, because if this series turns out to be the next Breaking Bad, but gets cancelled due to poor viewing figures, yet you all try signing petitions for to get more series, that fall on deaf ears. Come back to this page, and see the whining that will undoubtedly be the cause of its failure.

    You people baffle me!

  • Manchego Cheese

    Completely off the topic of ‘Gotham’, which I am excited to see, I’ve always thought BTAS Poison Ivy was hot. Not just for a cartoon, either.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      She was basically Rebecca Rabbit in plant-themed spandex.

      • Manchego Cheese

        She was great, wasn’t she.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Wait, why are we speaking in past tense?

      • Manchego Cheese

        The passage of time, my friend. The passage of time. That once taut body would now be like mozzarella clinging awkwardly to a gear stick.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Who’s putting mozzarella on their gear stick? Whoever they are, they’re doing it wrong. And by it I mean driving, eating cheese, and eating cheese while driving.

  • LEM

    I’m excited to see the Jim Gordon stuff and the show probably would have been better to have his own version of a rogues gallery rather than having young versions of Batmans(I’m not counting jada pinkett who will probably die in the pilot). All of the Batman villains are supposed to be created because of Batman which then raises the question if Gotham would be better without him.

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