Gotham Casts Its New Scarecrow


To say that Gotham has utilized a healthy amount of Batman’s rogues gallery is an understatement. Heck, we’ve seen everyone from the Penguin and the Riddler to Professor Pyg and Flamingo throughout the course of its four seasons. But, as is to be expected, it’s the ones who are more well known among the mainstream that most often put in recurring appearances.

Not long ago, word came down that not only would Scarecrow show up a few more times later this season, but also that there existed the possibility of him being recast. Well, it looks like those reports were entirely accurate because we’re now going to see yet another actor playing the young Jonathan Crane – and in the very same season the last one appeared, no less.]

What separates this situation from that of Poison Ivy’s is that no pseudo-scientific reason will yield the change, so odds are that we won’t see it acknowledged on screen. Rather, this has everything to do with Charlie Tahan being tied up as a series regular over on Netflix’s Ozark.

That said, viewers can look forward to seeing David W. Thompson run with the ball in episodes 17 and 18 this spring, and possibly more. And while he may look nothing like his predecessor in Tahan, one has to admit that he bears more than a passing resemblance to the Jonathan Crane we saw on Batman: The Animated Series.

Gotham returns with new episodes on Thursday, March 1 on Fox, with other villains such as Jerome Valeska and Ra’s al Ghul showing up as well. Will you be tuning in? Be sure to let us know in the usual place.