Jada Pinkett Smith (2010)

Jada Pinkett Smith Cast as Villain in New Batman Series, ‘Gotham’

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith has joined the cast of Warner Bros. Television’s Gotham, a one-hour drama on the origins of Batman’s police department ally, Commissioner James Gordon, and the villains who made Batman’s hometown famous.

The 42-year-old actress/producer/rocker will be a series regular as Fish Mooney — an original character you won’t find in the comics, described as “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner.”

“Fish Mooney’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book,” her official character description reads. “Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”

Jada confirmed the role for fans of her Facebook page on Wednesday, stating “Last night, I decided to accept the role of Fish Mooney, who is the sadistic villain in thee upcoming Batman prequel, Gotham, for Fox TV. I’ve committed to a year to work alongside a very talented cast, a super cool, creative and talented head writer and an extraordinary director. This one…is going to be funnnnnn!”

The cast includes Ben McKenzie (Southland / The O.C.) as Jim Gordon; Robin Taylor (Another Earth / Accepted) as Oswald Cobblepot, the orphaned outcast who works for Fish Mooney and eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin; Sean Pertwee (Alan Partridge / Event Horizon) as tough ex-marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth; Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice / 3 lbs.) as Capt. Essen, Gordon’s boss at the Gotham City Police Department homicide squad; Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean, an emergency room doctor; and Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Gordon’s partner and mentor Det. Harvey Bullock.

Now in pre-production, the show will be directed by Danny Cannon (Nikita), who also an executive producer along with Bruno Heller (The Mentalist / Rome), who serves as part of the writing team with Bill Finger and Bob Kane.