Gotham Casts Jessica Lucas As Tigress


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The Season 2 premiere of Gotham is still three months away, but that hasn’t stopped the show from announcing the addition of a new villain.  I guess after Fish Mooney’s death in the season finale, there’s a void that needs filling to keep things interesting.  Via TV Line, Jessica Lucas of Edgemont fame has been cast as Tabitha Galavan, a.k.a. Tigress.

The character of Galavan will be a lead enforcer for her brother Theo, being played by James Frain, who’s a billionaire industrialist determined to control Gotham City.  Galavan’s traits are said to be “sexy and violent — and toting a bullwhip! — she’s the opposite of her cold and calculating brother, deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making.”

Jessica Lucas started her career at seven years old, acting in local productions of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Grease, Cinderella, Mousetrap, and Music Medley.  She was later cast in Edgemont as Bekka Lawrence, a role which lasted from 2001 to 2005.  Her other television credits include The L Word, Life as We Know It, Secrets of a Small Town, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 90210, Melrose Place, Psych, and Gracepoint.

Lucas’s first feature film role was in She’s the Man (2006) starring Amanda Bynes.  In 2008, she starred as Lily Ford in the J.J. Abrams found-footage monster movie Cloverfield.  Her other film credits include Evil Dead (2013), That Awkward Moment (2014), and Pompeii (2014).

Gotham‘s interpretation of Tigress will be unique from any source material as there is no alter ego named Tabitha Galavan in the comics or other past media.  During the Golden Age of Comics, DC’s first Tigress only had an alter-ego known as Brooks, a surname.  In her first appearance, she battled Zatara, famous DC magician hero and father of heroine Zatanna.  The next Tigress was named Paula Brooks who is said to be the daughter of the original Tigress.  Paula would later become the supervillain Huntress.  In even later stories, she marries Crusher Crock, a.k.a. Sportsmaster, and the two have a daughter named Artemis Crock.  Artemis would later become the third Tigress.

On television, a version of Tigress, voiced by Cree Summer, appears in Batman Beyond.  This incarnation of the character had both tiger and human DNA.  In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Artemis Crock version of Tigress makes an appearance in her costume.  She’s seen on vacation with her parents, Huntress and Sportsmaster.  In the critically acclaimed Young Justice, Artemis Crock is depicted as a biracial (Vietnamese and Caucasian) heroine.  In her costume, she’s simply known as Artemis.  In Season 2, Artemis, during a covert operation with Kaldur, would pretend to be a villain and adopt the name Tigress — most likely a reference to the comics.

As of this report, it’s unknown which Season 2 episode of Gotham will have the first appearance of Tigress.

Next: Gotham gets a September premiere date

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