It’s been revealed that Paul Reubens, who famously portrayed Pee Wee Herman, is going to play the Penguin’s father on Gotham.
This is actually going to be the second time that the actor has portrayed the character, having originally done so in 1992’s Batman Returns.
This stunning casting announcement was made at Gotham’s New York Comic Con panel.
According to Variety, Robin Lord Taylor, who portrays the character of The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot in the series, just couldn’t contain his excitement regarding the casting, and decided to share it with the world.
“So, we’re all familiar with Oswald’s mother,” Taylor started coyly.
“We don’t know a lot about his father… We just found out that I do have a father. And he will be showing up very soon,” Taylor teased, before he then couldn’t contain his excitement any further and erupted, “And he will be played by none other than Paul Reubens. Pee-Wee Herman is playing my dad! What the hell? Oh my god!”
According to Entertainment Weekly, at this point the excitement became so intense that Erin Richards, who plays Barbara Gordon on the show, had to grab a nearby name card so that she could fan herself down. Obviously, the announcement was met with a fevered reaction by fans inside too.
Soon after, the good people of the world wide web were caught up with the news and they were equally as impressed and taken aback by the announcement.
Paul Reubens will play Penguin’s dad in GOTHAM. Ok, that’s fun.
— Simon of the Desert (@simonsaybrams) October 11, 2015
Paul Reubens to play Pensguin’s father on Gotham Session 2. BRILLIANT! Welcome to Penguin’s Playhouse. — Bob C. Wilson (@beatfoodwaste) October 12, 2015
— Luke Ray (@lray801) October 12, 2015
However, there were also some naysayers who pointed out that because Paul Reubens had already portrayed the Penguin’s father in Batman Returns, they were now worried about where the show might be heading.
Reubens’ confirmation that he will be appearing on Gotham in this capacity has ruled out speculation that Marilyn Manson could take the role.
Wouldn’t you love GOTHAM even more, if I was a part of the show?
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) October 1, 2015
Of course, there are still many more roles on Gotham that Marilyn Manson could just as easily take, and there are hopes that he could end up being connected to the character of The Joker in some fashion.
It’s highly unlikely that Manson will actually get to portray the iconic villain, who is being played by Jared Leto in the upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation, and has sensationally been brought to the big screen by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in the past.
Other revelations at Gotham’s New York Comic Con panel came from writer John Stephens, who explained how the second season of the show is aimed at bring a much more psychotic and crazier vibe to the series.
“We wanted to trace the development of season 1 from old-time mobster to trace the trajectory of the rise of the super villains,” Stephens explained, via Entertainment Weekly. “We’ll be telling one long story over the 22 episodes, so you can’t miss one episode.”
Gotham, which also stars Ben McKenzie, Michael Chiklis, Cory Michael Smith, Sean Pertwee, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, and Donal Logue, airs on Fox on Monday nights.
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