Gotham Waynes Killer Cast

Gotham Casts Breaking Bad Alum as Matches Malone (the Waynes' Killer?)

Has Fox’s Gotham given a face to the historically elusive killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents?

Michael Bowen — whose TV credits include as run as Breaking Bad‘s Uncle Jack (Todd’s white supremacist kin) — has been cast as as Patrick “Matches” Malone, ComicBook.com reports.

Loosely based on a DC Comics character of the same name, Malone is described as “a weathered, philosophical hitman who may be the triggerman behind one of the most important crimes in Gotham’s history.”

The operative words there may be “may be.” In the Nov. 23 episode, Silver St. Cloud was tricked into revealing that “M. Malone” murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne (in the series pilot), a piece of information that her uncle Theo Galavan had dangled in front of young Bruce. Then again, “M. Malone” could turn out to be the onetime headwriter of One Life to Live.

But probably not.

In other Gotham casting Lori Pettynews, Variety reports that Tank Girl-turned-Orange Is the New Black inmate Lori Petty will guest-star in Episode 14 (the third one after hiatus) as a nightclub owner who offers Bruce clues to finding the mysterious “M. Malone.”

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9 Comments
  1. “Has Fox’s Gotham given a face to the historically elusive killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents?” Joe Chill killed the Wayne. He’s not that elusive, heh. Matches is probably a suspect so they can keep dragging the plot along.

  2. Honor the source material please. Matches Malone (later) was actually Bruce Wayne in disguise. He was most definitely NOT the Wayne’s murderer When you take on legendary characters, don’t change the PAST. Forge an unexpected future that pays homage to the past. bUUUUtttttt, the WB IS destroying the Comic Books & the movies. The shows won’t be far off from that same fate. They have NO IDEA what they have control of.

    • Davey Elmer says:

      Matches Malone wasn’t just an alias of Bruce’s, but an actual separate character in his own right. Before you whine about “honoring the source material”, you might want to check your facts.

      • Davey Elmer – I KNOW that Matches wasn’t just an alias of Bruce’s. It’s under the Matches Malone’s (Later) comment I made. I now ALL about DC Comics facts. My collection is 95 long boxes compete of DC Comics going back to the 60’s. I also know that’s Matches Malone was not the Wayne’s murderer. You might want ot stop being a prick.

    • CPav says:

      I actually came here to point out that Matches Malone is (adult) Bruce Wayne’s alias when he goes undercover in the criminal underworld, but you already did that. We differ in our reaction to it, though; I think it’s amusing that they co-opted the name for the series. In fact, there’s nothing to say that the Matches Malone thing isn’t a red herring (as Michael Sacal suggests above), and that, much later in his “career”, Bruce takes on the name just as he does in the comics.

      They’re not destroying anything. There are still 70 plus years of comics out there, many of which reinvent each other and contradict each other over and over. It’s like Stephen King says (used to say?) of the movies based on his book: The movies didn’t ruin anything. The book is still there, untouched, waiting to be read.

      If it really bothers you that much, then view this as another time-honored comic book tradition: an alternate universe story.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Good casting news. Can’t wait to see them on the show when it returns next year!