IN THREE WORDS | "Integrity. Honesty. Moral rectitude."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "Specifically, and this is his journey over the course of the series, you'll see how he deals with Gotham as it actually exists as opposed to how he would like it to be. When you're dealing with a city that's so morally fallen, he's going to have to cut deals to get things done. He's going to have to come down off his moral high horse and get down in the muck."
DONAL LOGUE on "Detective Harvey Bullock"
IN THREE WORDS | "Cranky. Sweaty. Heart of gold."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "He gets a little bit of Jim Gordon's optimism, his absolute sense of right and wrong. I think Jim wakes him up from a stupor he's been in for a while."
JADA PINKETT SMITH on "Fish Mooney"
IN THREE WORDS | "Oooooh….. Vicious. Hot-headed. Delicious!"
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "What you're going to see eventually is who Fish is, and how she came to be this woman. How did she get into this mob world? What is her background, what is her story? That will be unveiled." As for any possible love/lust interests — be it Harvey or otherwise — Smith laughs, "Fish doesn't know a lot about love, but she definitely knows about having a good time!"
ROBIN LORD TAYLOR on "Oswald Cobblepot" aka "The Penguin"
IN THREE WORDS | "Ambitious. Charismatic. Hobbled!"
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "His fearlessness in terms of achieving what he wants — to run Gotham City – and the lengths he is prepared to go will surprise people."
DAVID MAZOUZ on "Bruce Wayne"
IN THREE WORDS | "Intelligent. Traumatized. Concealed anger."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "You will see his process of grieving [his parents], how he goes from being sad and depressed in the pilot to having an obsession starting around Episode 5, which will be really cool. He’s looking for any reason, any meaning, to his parents' death."
SEAN PERTWEE on "Alfred Pennyworth"
IN THREE WORDS | "Rage. Loyalty. Love."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | As the series explores the dynamic between the Wayne family servant and orphaned Master Bruce, "You will see how Alfred basically is an enabler, which hasn't been touched on much before. This is how Bruce gets to the point of donning the cowl, so the way our relationship is developing is molding him into becoming the man we all know."
CAMREN BICONDOVA on "Selina Kyle," future Catwoman
IN THREE WORDS | "Mischievous. Orphan. Pickpocket."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "She will develop a relationship with James Gordon and Bruce Wayne during the first season," though the timing on the latter introduction is TBD. As for adopting Selina's agile, feline ways, "I am a dancer so that helps," Bicondova says, "and I did take some parkour classes!"
ERIN RICHARDS on "Barbara Kean," Jim's fiancee
IN THREE WORDS | "Intelligent. Motivated. Troubled."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "You sort of learn about a lot of her secrets, and her layers of darkness. At first she can seem like she has it all – an art gallery, a beautiful apartment and a great fiancé—but that's not what's going on underneath."
CORY MICHAEL SMITH on "Edward Nygma," future Riddler
IN THREE WORDS | "Brilliant. Eager. Narcissist?"
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | "You're going to see how much Edward loves his job [as a Gotham PD CSI], how eager he is to do good work. He is well-intentioned and wants to help, but he's a bit socially inept." Although Smith can't share any of the riddles he spins on the show, he did offer this one from the comic books: "What is shameful to give away, honorable to take, and it can be a game but there are no winners?" Get solving, everyone!
ZABRYNA GUEVARA on "Gotham PD Captain Sarah Essen"
IN THREE WORDS | "Tough. Tenacious. Protective."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | Unlike many of the rule-bending, grey-hat cops on her force, Essen "has a moral center that's a lot stronger. " As for her opinion of do-right Jim Gordon, a connected war hero she was leveraged to hire, "He proves his worthiness early on, and then it's a matter of sussing him out – is he playing us? I'm not really sure."
JOHN DOMAN on "Carmine Falcone," mob boss
IN THREE WORDS | "Tough. Honorable. Fair."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | Though Falcone is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the pilot, cracking the whip with underling Fish Mooney et al, his reign as Gotham's premiere crime boss may have an expiration date. "There's a definite threat," Doman teases.
VICTORIA CARTAGENA on "Major Crimes Detective Renee Montoya"
IN THREE WORDS | "Loyal. Passionate. Stubborn."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | Although Montoya and her partner, Crispus Allen, compete with Gordon and Bullock to claim dibs on the high-profile Thomas/Martha Wayne murder case, "There's going to be a moment where she realizes that we have to work together. Maybe."
ANDREW STEWART JONES on "Major Crimes Detective Crispus Allen"
IN THREE WORDS | "Strong moral compass."
WHAT WE WILL LEARN | Unlike in the comic books, where it was Detective Montoya who once worked with Bullock, on Gotham it's Allen who is Harvey's former partner. "So now there is a rivalry," Jones says, "and over the biggest case in Gotham history." Adding fuel to that fire, "Allen has a lot more in common with Detective James Gordon," whom Harvey dismisses as a Boy Scout.