So far this season on “Gotham,” one potentially romantic pairing has taken off and captured the attention of viewers and non-viewers alike. The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) have grown from being friends to, at least in Oswald Cobblepot’s case, a romantic interest. The storyline may have come as a surprise to some readers, but Robin Lord Taylor sees it as a natural continuation from previous events and a natural evolution for the character.
During an appearance at Rhode Island Comic Con, Robin Lord Taylor (appearing alongside co-star Sean Pertwee) discussed the origin of Penguin’s recent romance, saying that it comes during an emotionally tortured time in the character’s life following the death of his parents. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) was the character that stayed by his side and cared for him.
“I truly believe had it been Barbara or Tabitha or, you know, Butch [laughs] — I believe if it had been anyone else that was there in that capacity, that he had that sort of connection with, regardless whether they were male or female, he would have had that same sort of obsession.”
But those comments led Taylor to make a larger point about the current Penguin/Riddler storyline. The actor took the time address the specific strain of fan that claim to have no problem with Oswald Cobblepot being queer on the show, but do have a problem with the fact that it goes against comic book canon.
“I have to say, that that’s a bunch of horse shit,” said Taylor. “You can’t say that to me if you also didn’t have the same amount of condemnation about [Tim Burton’s] ‘Batman’ ’89 when Joker killed Batman’s parents. That is a total departure from the ‘canon’ characters. You can’t tell me that unless you were just as upset that in our own show, we have Batman and Catwoman growing up together, running around Gotham City growing up together. If you weren’t as equally upset about that — which is changing canon characters. But you come to me and you say to me, ‘I’m okay with you being queer but I’m upset you’re changing a character,’ what you’re saying to me is, ‘I am homophobic, and I am afraid of gay people and queer people.’ That is exactly what you’re saying. So everyone should really check themselves and check their privileges and check their prejudices.”
Starring Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, “Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox. The series also stars David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney and more.
(via TV Line)
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