Faces of FOX's Gotham: Supporting Characters

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Posted by inferiorego (25734 posts) - - Show Bio

With the holidays just passing us by, we're still going to take the time to rundown through some more characters from Gotham. This week, we're taking a look at some

Like many folks that live their whole lives in New York City or Chicago, when you are born into a bustling metropolis, like Gotham, it's a place you're going to set down your roots and stay in you're whole life, so it makes sense to see so many beloved Batman characters as younger versions of themselves in this show.

Make sure to check out our breakdowns of the police officers, crime syndicate, children, and villains of Gotham in past weeks. Let's get on with the supporting cast!

Barbara Kean

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In the comics, Barbara Kean-Gordon was the wife of James Gordon and the biological mother to Batgirl, in the New 52. She first appeared in the BATMAN: YEAR ONE book by Frank Miller. On the show, played by Erin Richards, she's James Gordon's girlfriend and Renee Montoya's on-again, off-again lover. She's not in every episode, but she's in most of them, struggling to figure out how to make her and Jim's relationship work.

What's Working: It is nice to see what James Gordon does when he is off-the-clock: argue with his girlfriend. Barbara's purpose is to really show that Jim has a home-life.

What's Not: She's feeble and completely reliant on someone else, and in most cases, that's Jim. She also doesn't listen too well when she knows she's in danger, like coming home, right into the arms of Falcone. Most fans consider her their least favorite supporting character on Gotham.

Conclusion: She's not written incredibly well and she uses other characters as a crutch because she can't stand on her own. Ultimately, the Barbara Gordon character feels shoehorned into episodes at times and while there's a lot of potential for the character, it's not being utilized.

Harvey Dent

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Many folks eventually know Harvey Dent as the Batman villain Two-Face. Here, we get a much younger Dent, played by Nicolas D'Agosto. He's a young man with big ideas on how to get the corruption out of Gotham. However, at times, the way he goes about things is a bit unorthodox.

What's Working: D'Agosto does a great job of playing the charismatic and smooth talking Harvey Dent. It's a pretty cool character to see on the small screen. He's not just a throw away or nod to fans in the two episodes he appears in. He actually adds to each episode's plot, and what's even cooler is that while he has the same mission as Gordon, the route he uses to achieve said mission is a shady one.

What's Not: Quite a few fans are upset with the age difference between Harvey and Bruce because the two were once friends in the comics. In addition, with the two episodes Dent was in, they alluded way too heavily to Dent having a dark side. It got a bit over-the-top.

Conclusion: This version of Harvey Dent may not be the one fans were expecting, but those with an open mind know there's a ton of potential here, especially if there's more run-ins with he and Gordon. Dent is a welcomed addition to this series and here's to hoping we get to see him again.

Butch Gilzean

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Butch Gilzean is Fish Mooney's right-hand-man. He's always there when she needs him and is a big part of his planning. He's another character created just for the show and not in the comic books, and while he should have appeared in the crime syndicate feature on Gotham's characters, he fits a bit more into this one. Drew Powell plays the role of Butch Gilzean on the television series.

What's Working: Every crime boss needs a right hand man, right? That's exactly what Butch is and why he's important to the show. Drew Powell does a fine job of playing this role as well as the role of the muscle for Fish. It gives viewers more insight into the world of Fish, so while the viewer doesn't know too much about Butch, it helps flesh out Fish's life more.

What's Not: At times, he's a bit forgettable, even though he's always around, in the shadows. In fact, it's hard to even remember a time where they say his name.

Conclusion: He's a strong supporting character, even though, at times, you can forget he's around. He gives a bit more depth to the criminal underground and it's another solid addition to the cast of the show.

Mayor Aubrey James

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Mayors in Gotham don't have a long shelf life. They tend to be a bit corrupt or get shot in the head by the Joker, right Mayor Daniel Dickerson? Continuing the long tradition of terrible mayors is Mayor Aubrey James, played by Richard Kind. He wasn't part of the comic book universe, but he'd fit right in with his ties to organized crime and Carmine Falcone.

What's Working: The role of Mayor Aubrey James shows the viewer the reach of corruption and how big a hold the criminal element has over Gotham City. On top of that, you have Richard Kind playing the character who does well as someone in power, who is ultimately spineless when provoked. Great casting for this part.

What's Not: At times, his reactions are almost cartoonish, especially the scenes with he and Falcone. It's a bit weird.

Conclusion: Mayor Aubrey James may not be a character from the comics or a character that demands a lot of screen time for each story, but he's extremely important to the plot and a much needed character to have on screen from time to time. He's one of the top supporting characters.

That's it for this week! Have a great holiday! We'll be back next week to talk about some potential characters that are coming up on the show. Remember, Gotham returns from it's Winter Break to Fox on Jan. 5 at 8/7c. What do you guys think of these characters?

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#1 Posted by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio

Couldn't agree more with fans who hate the age difference between Harvey and Bruce. It takes away from the friendship dynamic that Harvey and Bruce develop later on.

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#2 Posted by shroudofsorrow (5811 posts) - - Show Bio

Where's Liza? You forgot to add Liza, when you mentioned she'd be here.

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#3 Posted by inferiorego (25734 posts) - - Show Bio

Where's Liza? You forgot to add Liza, when you mentioned she'd be here.

aaannnnnnd completely forgot. sorry.... getting this ready for today was a bit tough. Liza was a casualty of war

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#4 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

Couldn't agree more with fans who hate the age difference between Harvey and Bruce. It takes away from the friendship dynamic that Harvey and Bruce develop later on.

How can you take away something that is never going to happen?

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#7 Posted by judasnixon (12663 posts) - - Show Bio

Barbara doesn't have any pants......

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#8 Posted by amazing_webhead (9819 posts) - - Show Bio

I like how they're foreshadowing Harvey's breakdown. It's like in BTAS, where he actually has a history of split personality.

Does anyone else think the Mayor looks like Richard Nixon?

Barbara doesn't have any pants......

That definitely goes on "what's working"

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#9 Posted by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: What do u mean won't happen. In the DC comic Universe, Harvey and Bruce are childhood chums. But in this Gothamverse, Harvey is already an up and coming DA while Bruce is still a pre-teen

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#10 Posted by shroudofsorrow (5811 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: So I guess we're not seeing your analysis of her then eh? Ah well.

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#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: What do u mean won't happen. In the DC comic Universe, Harvey and Bruce are childhood chums. But in this Gothamverse, Harvey is already an up and coming DA while Bruce is still a pre-teen

Yes exactly, Gotham isn't the comics. There will be no Batman so there will be no friendship between him and Harvey. We aren't missing anything because we were never going to see it in the first place.

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#13 Posted by AbdullahZubair (1039 posts) - - Show Bio

That little bath robe that barbara wears is too short for her!!!

No homo bro but c'mon they just feel childish.

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#14 Posted by deactivated-59c716930b8a6 (9227 posts) - - Show Bio

Couldn't agree more with fans who hate the age difference between Harvey and Bruce. It takes away from the friendship dynamic that Harvey and Bruce develop later on.

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#16 Posted by jorgeareizaga (483 posts) - - Show Bio

Nicolas D'Agosto is hot

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#20 Posted by QueenFelin (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else thinking that Reene is a little bit early? Isn't she suppose to be younger?

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#21 Posted by D9000 (1637 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, overall I was a little disappointing with Barbara Kean. I thought she had a lot going for her and was acting really tough but then she makes some pretty nonsensical decisions and ends up back with Montoya? I was hoping for more but maybe everyone needs to fall from grace so they can come back stronger or something.

On the other hand I thought I wouldn't like Harvey Dent but ended up loving this version. He fits the show perfectly and could make a great villain at some point, whether he becomes two-face or not. Seeing as age difference don't bother me there really isn't much to complain about.

I don't really think of Butch when it comes to supporting characters, but I think that's as it should be. He's really just a tool for Fish Mooney to use. They do a great job of building this character though, even in the limited way that he's presented. You can tell that he has a good head (for crime) on his shoulders and would probably do well on his own in Gotham, but he's just not on mob-boss level. He's a great muscle guy though and I like the conversations he has with Fish since she's so over the top but it doesn't faze him at all.

I'm also loving Mayer Aubrey James. Richard Kind is a great actor and it's great to see him play this spineless yet crucial character. I think he's actually a really important figure in the show since he's the first corrupt mayor that Gordon has to contend with. I love all his scenes and how he acts so smug and powerful when he's in control of the situation, yet there's obviously someone else pulling the strings on basically every action he takes. He's totally sold his soul to the mob, but seems to share Falcone's morals about how organized crime keeps the city from falling into chaos.

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#22 Posted by GoodLuckKid (91 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anybody else hate Barbara in this show?

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