Carol Kane has signed on for a recurring role in Fox's highly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, portraying Gertrud Kapelput, the mother of Robin Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. the future Penguin.
In the DC Comics, Gertrud became overprotective of her son Oswald, following the death of his father who contracted pneumonia after being caught in a downpour. She forced Oswald to always carry an umbrella, rain or shine, which we have seen him brandishing in the first trailers released for Gotham. Gertrud's influence on Oswald was also seen in Gregg Hurwitz's comic Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, although it is unclear if the show plans on adapting that particular story.
Carol Kane will have a recurring role on Gotham, first appearing in the show's second episode, although it isn't known how many episodes she will appear in. Gertrud is described as, "a proud and faded beauty with delusions of grandeur."
Fox has yet to announce when exactly Gotham will debut this fall, so stay tuned for that announcement. Carol Kane is best known for playing Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the iconic 1970s sitcom Taxi. Most recently, she has appeared in episodes of Girls, Anger Management and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.