The back half of Gotham’s debut season looks to shake up the formula by stranding Detective Jim Gordon at Arkham, and now we have our first look at the sci-fi fan favorite he’ll be hanging out with there.
As fans know, the first half of season one ended with Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) reassigned to a gig at Arkham, which looks to bring the iconic Batman locale into the fold in a very big way this year. Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V) will join the cast in a recurring role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a doctor working at the facility.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, Baccarin opened up about how her DC character is being adapted, and what changes they’re making from the source material. One big change: She’ll be spending most of her time with young Jim Gordon:
“I’m a physician. I’m working at Arkham, but we’re not sticking too close to the original mythology. We are having her team up with Jim Gordon instead of the Wayne family and Bruce. Eventually, who knows—it could go in that direction, but it hasn’t yet.
She gets out [of Arkham] which is really fun and her and Jim kind of pair up and have this really great relationship. I think it’s important. Arkham is a really kind of iconic and dark and crazy world but I don’t think you want to spend too much time in there. Jim finds an ally in her, which I think is important for him at this point. He’s beaten down by the system and he’s been fighting this one-man operation to make Gotham not as corrupt. I think it’s really important that he finds that relationship in Leslie.”
Check out the first clip of Baccarin hanging out with McKenzie below in the bowels of Arkham:
Gotham returns Monday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)