Jada Pinkett Smith has hinted that she won’t be returning as Fish Mooney for the second season of Gotham. In a recent interview, Pinkett-Smith revealed that she only signed up for the first season of the Batman prequel series
“I signed for a year and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham,’ believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.”
Depending on how the first season ends, the door could be left open for Mooney to return at a later date but we’ll have to wait until May 13th to find out. As Jada Pinkett Smith gets ready to depart the series, a new addition in the shape of The Newsroom actor Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox. The character was previously portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy by Morgan Freeman, a close friend of Bruce Wayne and eventual CEO of Wayne Enterprises when the grown up billionaire finally dons the cowl. Fox provides Bruce with all the gizmos and gadgets he needs to fight crime, in many ways Fox is the third surrogate father for Bruce alongside Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth.
Gotham has not been shy about introducing numerous villains from the Batman universe; occasionally it does feel that the producers have overdone it by bombarding the audience with early incarnations of iconic villains. I still think that the first season would have been better served if Mr and Mrs Wayne were killed off in the finale. We’ve seen the infamous alleyway slaying of the Waynes multiple times and it would be nice if we could get to know them a bit. Even Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman is going to feature yet another retelling of the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. Just imagine the impact it would have had in the Gotham season one finale, after a whole 21 episodes of getting to know the Waynes they are suddenly gunned down.
Chris Chalk is set to debut as Lucius Fox by the end of the season, it has also been confirmed that Fox will feature heavily in season two that is due to to start later this year.