Watch out Donald Trump, “Gotham” has its sights set on you. Resident villainous crime lord Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is running for mayor and he claims to only have one goal: “It’s a general message. Rid Gotham of its monsters. Make Gotham safe again,” Taylor says.
The FOX series is drawing a pretty direct connection to the current political climate — and presidential race — and the cast couldn’t be more excited about it.
“In this amazing way it’s why comic books are still relevant in this day, because they reflect what’s going on in society at the moment,” Taylor explains. “In a small way, Penguin’s arc is mirroring what we’re dealing with in this country. To have Penguin on our show, who has never held public office, who has been self-serving his entire life, and yet see him rally people behind him running on a message of fear. You see that exists in the world we’re living in today.”
The question is whether that message of fear will work for Cobbelpot.
In truth though, his running for mayor isn’t about making Gotham safe again, though it’s debatable how safe it was in the first place. Instead, it’s about Oswald exacting revenge.
“Coming out of Arkham, seeing Fish Mooney, reignites who he is at his core,” Taylor says. “He lost himself there because of what Hugo Strange did to him and then seeing Fish and realizing she’s back and she’s leading these abominations that are direct products of Hugo Strange. These are Penguin’s two most hated people, his biggest enemies.”
Running for political office to serve his own ends and using a campaign of fear to drive his messages home? “When Gotham City starts to mirror the real world, we’re all fucked,” Taylor says with a laugh.
“Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.