Back in October, just a few weeks after Season 2 of Gotham debuted, it was announced that Paul Reubens has signed on to play Tucker Cobblepot, the Penguin's father. It was never confirmed when this new character would actually debut on the show, but earlier today, Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon revealed the first photo of Tucker Cobblelpot on his Twitter page. The photo was taken on the first day of production after the holiday hiatus, with Paul Reubens pictured alongside his on-screen son, Robin Taylor.
Oddly enough, this is the second time that Paul Reubens is playing Tucker Cobblepot. He portrayed the Penguin's dad in the 1992 movie Batman Returns. No details have been given yet as to how the elder Cobblepot will be introduced into the show, but the return of Penguin's father certainly does come at a crucial time for this tormented character.
Earlier this season, Penguin's psyche was shattered when he learned that his beloved mother (Carol Kane) had been killed by Theo Galavan (James Frain). Penguin has also formed an alliance with the future Riddler, a.k.a. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), so we'll have to wait and see how that partnership turns out. Still, there will be a new slew of villains that will be introduced in the back half of Gotham Season 2
The fall finale, Worse Than a Crime, gave fans their first look at Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow). Executive producer John Stephens revealed that this character will be returning in the 12th episode, which serves as the midseason premiere on February 29, and the 13th episode. Other iconic villains set to debut this season include Clayface, Mad Hatter and Hugo Strange. B.D. Wong, who plays Hugo Strange, teased that he "thinks" his character will debut on the February 29 episode, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
This season of Gotham has been dubbed Rise of the Villains, and with all of these new villains arriving soon, we'll have to wait and see how Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Captain Barnes (Michael Chiklis) will keep the peace. While we wait for new plot details to surface, take a look at the Penguin and his father in a new photo from Gotham.