With the recent announcement of Fox’s Gotham casting Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, the jokes about the show becoming too full of rogues to be taken seriously appear to actually be becoming true.
Poison Ivy? Sure. Riddler? Check. Penguin? Don’t call him that! Catwoman? Couldn’t escape her awkward steampunk shenanigans if we tried. And on and on and on. Which makes me wonder: why sit back waiting for Gotham to exceed capacity when the producers so clearly want to jam pack this show with more character appearances than a middle school au fanfiction? In light of this fact here, in no particular order, are my top 5 characters I think should be added to the Gotham cast while they’re at it (and probably will be at the rate we’re going).
1) Zatanna Zatara
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Magic? How could you have magic in this ultra-realistic, gritty universe governed by logic?” And to that I say, “Pish posh!” Zatanna and Bruce have more of a childhood connection than he and Selina do, canonically speaking. Clearly what this show needs is an unexpected visit from the supernatural to make our favorite brooding little boy even more of a lovable masochist than he already is! Who doesn’t love a good dash of the dark arts in their police drama?
2) Thomas Elliot/Hush
And speaking of childhood friendships and brooding, you know what’s better than one little boy who no adult in this universe can actually seem to offer emotional support and security to? That’s right! Two little brooding boys. Nothing says ratings like angst and more angst.
3) Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
Picture it: a frigid Gotham night, snow falling in thick sheets, and there, peering through a window with his beakers and general science-y things about him a man in a lab coat fogs the glass with his breath, eyes squinted. “There’s… snow way I’ll make it home in time now,” he whispers. Cut scene to Gotham police pretending to work on a case.
4) Talia al Ghul
It’s obvious that Ivy Pepper (why, God, why?) is currently a little too occupied with, you know, keeping her family structure intact and not dying of malnutrition, so who else but Talia could be the perfect competitor with Selina for Bruce’s affections? What’s Talia doing in America running around near the Wayne mansion, the only place little Bruce seems to be able to frequent? Why can’t we just have female characters with their own motivations as people instead of pursuing a man? Who cares? Pass me the popcorn!
5) Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn
You know what? I got nothing. I doubt that will stop Gotham, though.