It looks like Fox's series Gotham has found its Fish Mooney. The latest bit of casting for the anticipated Gotham City-set drama puts Jada Pinkett Smith among the cast, and from the description of her character and at least one of her known associates, it sounds like she'll be on the villain side of this drama, which is expected to tell the origin story of some of Gotham's most infamous villains, in addition to focusing on Detective James Gordon, the man who would go on to become the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department during Batman's rise in the DC comics.
Pinkett Smith has signed on to play Fish Mooney, "A sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner."
Fish Mooney’s got 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.
Sounds like an exciting role for Pinkett Smith, whose last major TV role was playing Christina Hawthrone in TNT's HawthoRNe. The drama was cancelled in 2011 and since then, Smith's credits include reprising the voice role of Gloria for the Madagascar sequels. So it's great to see her returning to the small screen, and in such a high-profile drama.
Fox sent Gotham straight to series, and has since begun building the cast for the drama, including setting Southland's Ben McKenzie as the lead. So Smith won't be the only TNT vet on this cast. Other casting included Robin Lord Taylor playing Oswald Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin. His character description included the mention of his gangster boss Fish Mooney... who's apparently a woman. Interesting. I can't wait to find out why she goes by the name "Fish." Maybe it's a play on her actual name, or maybe there's some horrifying story involving her asserting her power with something involving a fish.
Prior to confirmation that Jada Pinkett Smith was joining the cast, we heard that Donal Logue was set to play Detective Harvey Bullock, who's based on an actual character from the comics. I don't think the same can be said for Fish Mooney, as I wasn't able to dig up any information on her outside of the character mention in Penguin's bio for the Gotham series. So her story's unknown, which makes her an interesting wild-card, especially when we factor in how formidable she appears to be. Will either the police or one of her enemies take her down, leading to Cobblepot's rise to villain-status? Either way, it might be safe to assume her story ties in closely with Cobblepot's, since he works for her. We can only speculate. In the meantime, Smith's another familiar face for this project. We're still waiting to see who's going to play young Bruce Wayne and the Joker! We'll be sure to keep you posted when more news arrives!