The Pee-wee Herman star also played Penguin’s father in 'Batman Returns'.
Paul Reubens has been cast as Penguin’s father in an upcoming episode of ‘Gotham’s’ second season. The 63 year old, who is best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, will have a recurring role in the new season, which began airing last month on Fox.
Paul Reubens has been cast as Penguin’s father in ‘Gotham’.
The news was revealed during the show’s New York Comic Con panel on Sunday afternoon, by actor Robin Lord Taylor who plays Penguin (a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot on the series). An excited Taylor told the audience, “So we’re all familiar with Oswald’s mother, the fabulous, fabulous Carol Kane.”
“We don’t know a lot about his father… We just found out that I do have a father. And he will be showing up very soon, and he will be played by none other than Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman! He’s playing my dad! What! The! Hell!” Taylor was so excited he ended up having to be fanned by co-star Erin Richards.
Reubens is no stranger to the Batman universe and in particular the Penguin. He also played the villain's father in Tim Burton’s 1992 movie Batman Returns, opposite Danny DeVito. The actor is also gearing up for the return of his character Pee-wee Herman, whose new film hits Netflix next year.
‘Gotham’ season two also sees the introduction of Michael Chiklis as Jim Gordon’s new boss, Captain Nathaniel Barnes. Speaking about his character during the Comic Con panel Chiklis said, “Barnes comes in as a countermeasure to the villainy that is running amok in Gotham.”
“He serves as a mentor to Ben’s character and also he’s trying to pull him out of the muck, because he’s sliding down that slippery slope.” The season will also see the introduction of James Fran and Jessica Lucas as siblings who will join the ranks of ‘Gotham’s’ villains.
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