Say what you want about Gotham, but it’s certainly not shy about bringing in new people, even though it has a couple of people listed in the main cast who have barely put in an appearance at all this season (*cough*HarveyDent*cough*). With no Gotham to watch until the end of February, all we have to do right now is collect these new casting announcements, and coming to the show in it’s 14th episode is a new character to be played by Lori Petty. She’ll play a club owner with a secondary interest in criminality, but will Petty be playing an established DC Comics villain on the DL? Possibly.
According to Variety, Petty, whose list of credits include A League of Their Own, the original Point Break, and the cult classic Tank Girl, will be playing Jeri. What’s the deal with Jeri?
“The flamboyant and enigmatic hostess of an underground club where mass murder and art are celebrated in equal measure, Jeri gives clues to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) during his hunt for his parents’ killer, but she and her gang of merry maniacs are less helpful when Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) comes calling.”
This would be the second night club/crime dispensary that Gotham has introduced this season, the first one being the assassin hangout run by Michelle Gomez. What set’s Petty, and Jeri, apart then? Rumor has it that “Jeri” is actually Roulette, a DC Comics villain who runs a casino that doubles a gladiatorial venue for meta-humans. That’s one interpretation. Jeri sounds to me like she was inspired by Jack Nicholson’s version of the Joker from 1989’s Batman, who himself was a character that liked to mix murder and art. Calling Petty’s character Roulette seems kind of like wishful thinking.
But… If Petty does turn out to be playing some version of Roulette, it won’t be the first time that the character appeared on live-action TV; Steph Song played Roulette in two episodes in the latter seasons of Smallville. As for Lori Petty, this isn’t her first time playing in the DC Universe either, she was the voice of Livewire in the Superman and Justice League animated series.
Gotham returns on February 29.
Source: Comic Book Movie