Pee-wee Herman's next big adventure will take place in Season 2 of "Gotham." Actor Paul Reubens will be making his way to the Fox pre-Batman drama to play Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot's (Robin Lord Taylor) father.
Taylor broke the news on the "Gotham" panel at New York Comic Con on Sunday. The 37-year-old TV star revealed that while the audience is familiar with Penguin's mother, played by Carol Kane, they now will get a glimpse of his father in Season 2.
"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, aka Pee-wee Herman! He’s playing my dad! What! The! Hell!" Taylor dished.
Reubens is no stranger to playing Penguin's father. He played the part in 1992's "Batman Returns," and 23 years later, at age 63, he's going to reprise the role. "Batman Returns" was the second Batman film directed by Tim Burton; it starred Michael Keaton as Batman and Danny DeVito as Penguin.
Penguin has become a fan-favorite villain on "Gotham" after he manipulated his way to the top in Season 1 to become the king of Gotham. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Taylor said Penguin will use his ability to read people to run the city in Season 2, but it won't be as easy as the character thinks -- especially with the emergence of Theo Galavan (James Frain).
"The way he learned so much from Fish Mooney and studied Falcone, even Maroni -- he takes things from all of them. He's ready to use all of those tools. He has them in his mind, ready to go," Taylor said. "You can't prepare for all contingencies, though. There are certain things he is not prepared for, and he's really going to be confronted with them going into the second season."
Reubens is not the only new face on "Gotham" this year. Michael Chiklis will make his debut on the show in episode 4 on Monday night when he becomes Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock's (Donal Logue) new boss, Capt. Nathaniel Barnes. Barnes is an ex-military man who has a very strict following for the law and won't stand for anyone not abiding by it -- whether it's a villain or an officer.
Showrunner Bruno Heller told the Hollywood Reporter in September to keep an eye on the relationship between Barnes and Gordon. Although Barnes will be someone Gordon will look up to, Gordon has shown he's sometimes willing to bend the law to do a good thing; Barnes won't, which could lead to tensions.
"The problem is that Gordon's going to discover that, although they might be soul mates in their desire to change Gotham, Capt. Barnes is much more committed to the law," Heller said.
"Gotham" airs Mondays on Fox at 8 p.m. EDT.