When Gotham comes to Fox on Monday nights this fall, we'll be getting more of certain characters than we first thought.
Gotham is still many moons away from its autumn debut, but it's already facing some stiff new fall series competition -- often from other DC shows. So it's got to up its game a little bit, whet our proverbial appetites, and give us the kind of news that will make us salivate with anticipation.
And, in that regard, it has delivered some casting-related fare that is exactly what we were hoping to hear.
The dry version: Actors Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones have their cast member status upgraded from recurring guests to series regulars.
The juicy, fan version: We're getting more Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler) and Renee Montoya, yay! What? Crispus Allen is in this thing, too? YES.
But, genuinely, just from a narrative perspective, this is great news. We already knew Smith was playing Nygma in his pre-Riddler days, back when he was just a forensic scientist. Smith being a regular means we'll regularly get the chance to witness more of his complex devolution from brilliant but awkward good guy to sociopathic supervillain.
But even more exciting, I think, is the news that Cartagena's Renee Montaya is going to be around a lot more. To my mind, Gordon, Bullock and Montaya are sort of the holy trinity of the Gotham City Police Department. You really need all three to make that story sing. It also doesn't hurt to have more women of color front and center on network television.
And on a reated note, the inclusion of Stewart-Jones as Crispus Allen is big news, too. Allen was a major player in Greg Rucka's brilliant Gotham Central series. The fact that he'll be a regular gives us hope that, perhaps, Gotham's showrunners might explore other characters and story elements from Gotham Central, too.