Say what you want about Gotham—that it’s a bad show, that it’s insane, that it’s horrifically violent given how goofy it is, or that it’s one of the most fundamentally inaccurate Batman stories ever told—but you can’t say the show doesn’t have its moments.

Case in point: Casting Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens as burgeoning crime lord Oswald Cobblepot’s father.

It’s perfect casting, which we know because 1) look at that picture of Reubens and actor Robin Lord Taylor, holy crap, and 2) Reubens already mastered the role of Daddy Pengs in Tim Burton’s 1991 movie sequel Batman Returns.

The only way this could be better is if Reubens was sporting another pencil-thin mustache. However, given that Gotham is legitimately insane enough to have the Penguin’s dad murder, say, butler/child-punching enthusiast Alfred, I feel like the shenanigans of Daddy Pengs are not going to disappoint us.


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