‘Gotham’ Casts Paul Ruebens as The Penguin’s Father

By October 12, 2015
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No matter how long it goes into its story and seasons, Gotham continues to absolutely confound me. The show seems both constricted and free of the rules set by its own origin story structure, as some of the recent events involving Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome have proven to fans as well as the arc of Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) that the show is not afraid to completely change things that have been previously set in Batman canon and lore. To its defense, the show has proven that they can use this almost unexpected unpredictability to both positive and negative results.

However, the show has also shown a very constant use of nods and winks to some of the previous onscreen Batman-related stories, and while sometimes the throwbacks can go a bit overboard, there’s also times when they feel incredibly welcome. Depending on the current run of the series and its quality-level, things seem to be able to go either way with Gotham.

A very interesting new announcement has come from this year’s New York Comic-Con though, as actor Paul Ruebens has been officially confirmed to be reprising his role as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) father in Gotham season 2. The announcement came during the show’s NYCC panel with some pretty cool artwork courtesy of Lord Taylor’s personal Twitter account, where the actor seemed about just as excited about the announcement as I imagine other fans will be too. Check out his tweet below:

Here’s the actor’s official quote from the panel as well (H/T EW):

“So we’re all familiar with Oswald’s mother, the fabulous, fabulous Carol Kane. 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, and he will be played by none other than Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman! He’s playing my dad! What! The! Hell!”

Ruebens originally played the same role in Batman Returns, where Tucker Cobblepot and his wife Esther are among the few rich elite of Gotham, who abandon their deformed baby son Oswald to the sewers to die, before being washed up to the Gotham Zoo where he is taken in by Penguins. It’ll be interesting to see how the show plans on developing the relationship between Cobblepot and his father though, especially considering his usual sick and twisted personality and strange relationship with his mother.

Gotham has proven that fans should never expect anything predictable to happen next, and while the family portrait seems to display a rather strong and happy family, I think it would be safe to assume there might be some more tension and drama lying underneath. With Cobblepot’s father absent from the series up until this point – I wonder what the impact his return will make on Oswald and all those surrounding him?

Gotham airs every Monday night on Fox.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable