Paul Reubens Returns to Gotham

Paul Reubens as Tucker Cobblepot
Reubens as Tucker Cobblepot in Batman Returns

We are only three episodes into the second season of the crime-drama television series, Gotham, on Fox. But there has been no shortage of riveting dark storyline, bloodshed, and origin stories of some of our favorite Batman villains.

One storyline is that of Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a The Penguin. Cobblepot is now Gotham City’s boss of organized crime after Fish Mooney was allegedly killed by a fall off a tall building in the show’s Season 1 finale. At the beginning of season 2 after Carmine Falcone’s escape, Detective James Gordon is fired by Commissioner Loeb, and Gordon’s partner, Harvey Bullock, resigns from the police force. Gordon makes a deal with Cobblepot, who then forces Commissioner Loeb to reinstate Gordon as a detective and resign as police commissioner. This causes Bullock to pay a visit to Cobblepot, threatening him if he requests another favor from Gordon in the future.

With 22 episodes slated for this season, this leaves 19 episodes remaining in the season to explore Cobblepot in his role as Gotham City’s boss of organized crime, as well as explore his past and development into The Penguin. At a panel on Sunday, October 11, at New York Comic Con, Penguin portrayer Robin Lord Taylor made an exciting casting announcement, revealing that Paul Reubens will guest star as The Penguin’s father, Tucker Cobblepot:


Question: Will you be working with other characters?

Robin Lord Taylor (Actor, Oswalt Cobblepot): I think that is something you will see. I can say – Rise of the Villains is going to be interacting with each other more and more. Fun stuff is coming.

John Stephens (Producer): Tell them.

Lord Taylor: We are all familiar with Oswald’s mother played by the fabulous, fabulous Carol Kane. We just found out that I do have a father, played by Paul Reubens! Pee-Wee Herman is my dad! And remember he was Penguin’s father in Batman Returns.


Lord Taylor later confirmed the casting news on his Twitter, posting the following announcement:



Reubens, most famous for his role as Pee Wee Herman, also played the father of the Penguin 23 years ago in the Tim Burton directed film, Batman Returns. That version of the supervillain The Penguin was played by Danny DeVito.


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Shanon Connelly

(a.k.a. “Super Muffin Girl”) is an avid board gamer, cosplayer, and all around nerd girl. She has been cosplaying for over 10 years, attending several conventions every year. She recently started a YouTube gaming channel, "Time to Play!", which previews and reviews board games. Follow Shanon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@supermuffingirl).

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