January 27, 2020

Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s Leaving ‘Gotham’ After Season One

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One thing we know about Gotham is most of the characters are going to survive. The show has to endure long enough for a young Bruce Wayne to grow up, become Batman, and then tangle with characters like Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Any mystery the show has revolves either in how that will all play out, or in new characters not previously seen in comic books or movies.

The most prominent new character in the show’s first season is Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. She’s a major new villain specific to the show who looked to have a long future in Gotham. In a new interview, however, Pinkett-Smith said she’s not likely to return to Gotham after this season. Read the Jada Pinkett Smith Gotham Season 2 quotes below.

The actress said this on a recent appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael (via Variety). She was asked if she was coming back for Gotham season two:

I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham,’ believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean Mooney dies. Host Michael Strahan surmised that the character could pop up anywhere to which the actress replied:

She could show up anywhere, you never know.

Variety also got in touch with the show’s producers, who released this vague statement:

Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting twists and turns into the finale of season one of Gotham.

To be honest I’m not watching Gotham. I hear good things about Gotham, but I never felt the urge to delve too deep into this world once the show made it clear it was more interested in set-up than execution. At least, that’s how it felt from the outside looking in. Many young versions of classic characters being introduced with Batman still a decade away? That feels like a lot of wheel-spinning for me, and a new character like Mooney seemed designed to facilitate that. But if Jada Pinkett-Smith is leaving the show, who can now be set into that unpredictable, story driving role?

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'Gotham' Star Uses Villain Role to Keep Baby Brother in Line

Talk about a way to keep a young sibling in check.

Clare Foley, who plays Ivy Pepper in Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham,” says she’s got her baby brother convinced that she is the future Batman nemesis ? and she’s using it to her advantage.

In an interview this week, the 13-year-old actress said she thinks “it’s kind of funny” that 4-year-old Declan, the youngest of her four brothers, truly believes that she and the character she plays ? the orphan daughter of the man framed for the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents ? are one and the same.

Her mom says Declan was so frightened at one point that they had to assure him that his big sister was the “good Ivy.”

As for her other brothers, Foley laments that she doesn’t get the same respect. Also Batman fans, they think it’s “very cool” she has the role but she says they realize that “I’m just their sister.”

In “Gotham,” which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST, Ivy becomes homeless after her dad is shot dead by police and her mother commits suicide. The actress says this sets the stage for the hatred the one-day villain develops for the Dark Knight.

“We are seeing the beginning of that relationship,” says Foley.


Online: http://www.fox.com/gotham/


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