Gotham Scoop: Jada Pinkett Smith Goes Gangster in Fox's Batman Prequel Series

Gotham Cast Jada Pinkett SmithJada Pinkett Smith will be among the big bads in Fox’s much anticipated Gotham series.

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TVLine has learned that TV’s erstwhile Hawthorne has landed the series regular role of Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner. Wielding street smarts and the almost extra-sensory ability to read people, Fish is imposing and hotheaded — and not one to be crossed.

As previously reported, low-level psychopath Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin (to be played by Robin Lord Taylor) will be in Fish Mooney’s employ.

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Exploring the origin stories of DC Comics lawman James Gordon (Southland‘s Ben McKenzie) and the villains that made the titular city famous, Gotham also stars Donal Logue (Terriers) as Detective Harvey Bullock, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice) as Captain Essen, Erin Richards (Breaking In) as James’ fiancee Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee (Camelot) as the wealthy Wayne family’s servant, Alfred Pennyworth.

Smith’s credits also include the two Matrix sequels (where she played badass Niobe), Collateral, Kingdom Come and TV’s A Different World.