‘Gotham’: Morena Baccarin Signs On As Dr. Leslie Thompkins

By October 22, 2014

Following last week’s announcement that the casting of Dr. Leslie Thompkins was imminent on the Fox Batman prequel series “Gotham,” the network has made good on their promise. Deadline reports that “Homeland” star Morena Baccarin has officially signed on to play the role.

In the comics, Thompkins is a mentor figure to Bruce Wayne/Batman and one of the few people to know his true identity. Here’s the description of her character:

Thompkins is a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.

Sounds like there could be a romantic angle there between Thompkins and Gordon, which is interesting considering the character’s history in the comics indicates she’s had more of a romance with Alfred than anyone else in the Batman universe. But hey, the “Gotham” showrunners are free to mess around with the canon as much as they like – we’ll just be there to call them on it if things don’t work out. Our resident Bat-expert Chris Clow writes weekly recap/reviews of the series, so be sure to check those out if you haven’t already and make it part of your weekly ritual.

I just finished season 3 of “Homeland,” and was sort of shocked to learn that Baccarin earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Brody’s wife. I don’t think she’s a bad actress by any means – I quite enjoyed her in “Firefly” – but in my opinion, her “Homeland” character (and her character’s awful daughter, Dana) were the weakest links in the show. I’m glad to hear that her talents will be used elsewhere, and we’ll see if she can provide a bit of a spark to the world of “Gotham.”

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