David Zayas best known for his portrayal of Angel Batista on Dexter has signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming Fox series Gotham as ruthless mob boss Sal Maroni. It hasn’t been confirmed how many episodes the actor will be appearing in.
In the world of DC Comics, Salvatore Maroni is actually one of Batman’s very first enemies, who takes control of the Gotham’s unions and drug trade. Most comic readers will remember Maroni as the man responsible for the disfigurement of District Attorney Harvey Dent, and the main cause of his transformation into the villainous Two-Face. Fox’s Gotham however, is set several years before these story lines unfold and according to rumors will already feature Two-Face. So don’t be too shocked when the show doesn’t follow the actual established Batman storylines.
In Fox’s Gotham, Maroni is one of Gotham’s two crime bosses along with Carmine Falcone (John Doman), with Season 1 putting Maroni on a “crash course” with his bitter rival Falcone as they battle for control of Gotham’s underworld. Sal Maroni was most notably played by Eric Roberts in director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 feature The Dark Knight.
Created by Bruno Heller, Gotham follows rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), as they try to solve the murder of young Bruce Wayne’s parents. The show will also provide origin stories for a number of iconic villains, such as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor), Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy (Clare Foley ll), along with a brand new villain created for the show, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).
This looks like it could be a great show however, it’s on Fox so it’s probably doomed to last at most two seasons. Does David Zayas seem like a good fit for FOX’s ‘Gotham’? Watch the new Comic-Con trailer below, and let us know what you think.