Jada Pinkett Smith Will Not Return for ‘Gotham’ Season 2

By March 6, 2015

Although Fish Mooney has made quite a name for herself on Fox’s “Gotham” as a criminal mastermind in the years preceding Batman’s arrival in the city, it looks as though her impact won’t last long enough to come in contention with the Dark Knight himself.

According to Variety, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who’s played Fish for the entirety of the series’ first season, will not be returning for season 2. Appearing on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning, she was directly asked about her future with the popular new Fox series, and whether or not she would be back to be a thorn in the side of Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and others for the show’s recently granted second season. She said,

I don’t think so, no. 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.

This will likely prove to be surprising news for intent fans of the show, as Fish’s presence has been felt in virtually every episode of the show’s freshman season. In addition to being a criminal force to be reckoned with in the city’s underworld, Fish may have inadvertently paved the way for the rise of one of Gotham City’s most notorious future criminals: Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin (played on the show by Robin Lord Taylor). Perhaps this will end up being Fish’s primary legacy in the world of the show going forward, but the news is still surprising given the fact that the show, while reflecting changed circumstances for her character, doesn’t seem to be winding her narrative down to any kind of definitive conclusion. That being said, there are still several episodes left this season.

“Gotham” will return this fall on Fox for its second season with most of the primary cast intact, including Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot. For more on “Gotham” as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation! If you’re not already, be sure to also check out our “Gotham” Weekly Reviews for every episode!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • JeffreyJ

    noooo we need her!!

  • Muhranduh

    so bummed about her going :/ I really enjoyed her character

  • Annie

    hmm is it me or is batman super overhyped since The Dark Knight?

  • 420leanin

    I don’t think her character was really that important anyways…not hating just my opinion