Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens Joins Gotham

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There’s an incredible amount of cool news coming out of the New York Comic Con this week especially when it comes to Marvel & DC Comics various TV and movie properties. With that, we’ve learned that Paul Reubens will be joining the cast in a role that almost seems a little too perfect, partially in part because it’s a role he’s played before.

As it turns out, Reubens will be “reprising” his role as the Penguins father, which he originally played in Tim Burton’s 1992, Batman Returns. Little is known about how Reubens character will be treated in the show, especially since his character was created specifically for Burton’s film, but if he turns out to be even half as crazy as Carol Kane’s, Gertrud Kapelput, then we’re in for one hell of a ride!

According to Penguin actor, Robin Lord Taylor, “So we’re all familiar with Oswald’s mother, the fabulous, fabulous Carol Kane. We don’t know a lot about his father… We just found out that I do have a father. And he will be showing up very soon, and he will be played by none other than Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman! He’s playing my dad! What! The! Hell!”

Reubens is of course best known for his character, Pee Wee Herman, which we’ll see return to the small screen again this spring in a straight to Netflix movie.

The Penguins arc on Gotham has certainly been one of the most dynamic and interesting, with it’s departure from the comic book source material coming as a welcome change of pace. Having risen to the top of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot has transitioned himself from bullied crony into a conniving criminal mastermind ruthless in his intent to keep his throne. His mother has given us a little insight into his background and mannerisms, but we’re curious to see how Reubens addition to the cast will work to flush out more of this Penguin’s character.

It’s not known when Reubens will make his first appearance on the show or if he’ll actually be a reoccurring character.

What do you think about Reubens joining the cast of Gotham? How do you feel him playing the same role he played in a different film continuity? Do you think he’ll stick around or will he be a one and done character? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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