The first season of Fox’s Gotham has been a grab bag of DC easter eggs and Batman nods, and now they’re digging a bit deeper into the comic mythos — with a Heroes alum along for the ride.
Milo Ventimiglia has signed on for a multi-episode arc to play the comic-based killer Jason Lennon, aka “the Ogre,” beginning in episode 19 and likely running until the end of the 22-episode season. The character was first introduced in 1996 in Batman #535, and is typically portrayed as having genetically altered strength. But apparently this version will not be tied to the comic adaptation, so who knows exactly what they’re planning?
Variety reports this version of the Ogre will be a “handsome, wealthy and seductive” serial killer who has been “preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of ‘tests’ as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously.”
Not surprisingly, he’ll run up against Gotham City’s new do-gooder Detective Jim Gordon, and the confrontation will put the two on a crash course toward “tragedy.” Considering Gordon has a new love in his life, it stands to reason that could play a role in the proceedings. But who knows — this show is typically bordering on the insane, so it’s kind of hard to predict what they’ll do.
Regardless, we’re glad to see Ventimiglia joining the world of Gotham. The guy is a fun actor, and here he’ll get the chance to play deliciously evil. What do you think of the casting move?