The newest episode of the Fox TV “Batman” prequel “Gotham” included a storyline about the character of Selina Kyle, who comic book fans know will become Catwoman in the future.
“Gotham” stars McKenzie as Jim Gordon, who “Batman” fans know as the future police commissioner but who in this prequel is still working as a detective with his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). The show also includes younger versions of familiar “Batman” villains like Oswald Cobblepot (Taylor), who will become the Penguin; a criminal named Fish Mooney (Smith); Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), who will become the Riddler; Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley), who will morph into the villainess Poison Ivy; and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), who adopts the persona of Catwoman later in life, among others. A young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and his butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee), are also on the scene.
The newest episode of “Gotham,” the second in the series, shared more of the story of teenage Selina. Aubrey James (Richard Kind), the current mayor of Gotham, implements a new program focusing on homeless children in the city and Selina is one of those selected to be brought to a juvenile detention center. When her bus is attacked by criminals who were kidnapping children, she injures one and meets Jim, who arrives and takes care of the situation. Selina also tells Jim she knows who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents, who were murdered in the series’ first episode (Selina was nearby when the crime occurred).
Bicondova told the website IGN that having a dance background has helped with her playing a character that’s known for being flexible.
“Most of the time you would think, 'No, I can't do that,' but with the dance [experience], it actually makes me feel more confident in myself,” she said. “I'm more comfortable with my body, and I know how it moves.”