This year’s Heroes and Villains Fanfest (HVFF 2017) swept into the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, this weekend. Guests included stars of DC and Marvel superhero TV series like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Saturday afternoon saw the stars of Fox’s hit show Gotham take to the HVFF panel stage. The panel featured Bruce Wayne himself, the young David Mazouz, along with Robin Lord Taylor aka Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, Maggie “Poison Ivy” Geha, and Drew “Butch” Powell. The stars talked about the upcoming fourth season and fielded questions from the packed crowd.
They open by discussing their Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Drama Series, the series’ 8th overall. Drew Powell was the highlight here, as he had the audience in stitches messing with the sign language interpreter. He started “hashtagging” everything. Powell’s character Butch was killed last season, but he is returning as Solomon Grundy, a monstrous zombie like villain. Powell went into his vigorous training regimen, which he called “extreme dieting + the gym”… and eating lots of kale. Taylor discussed Penguin’s arc and he said his trajectory is crazy. They joked that David Mazouz has “a big suit to fill,” which prompted a conversation about the great costumes on the show. Geha loved her first green costume as Ivy, even if they had to sew it on her. They all joked that they should also get an Emmy for costumes.
During the Q&A, fans of all ages lined up to ask questions to the guests. Mazouz admitted he shared a birthday with Bruce Wayne, which is an awesome coincidence. A fan asked about him possibly playing Damian Wayne in the DCEU — Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Mazouz was very excited and said he’d love the opportunity; part of what he loves about that character is that “he’s a butthole and I really want to play a butthole!” When asked about the most impressive sets, Powell and Taylor mentioned beautiful estates in Long Island, New York, while Mazouz was impressed by the circus set, which was built completely from scratch in an abandoned warehouse.
The group seem to get along great, all having lots of fun with the audience, and the poor sign language interpreter. Drew Powell was the stand out really showcasing his personality. All were available for autographs and photo-ops on Saturday, with Mazouz and Taylor hanging around Sunday as well, joined by Sean Pertwee who plays Alfred.
Gotham returns to The CW for its fourth season on Thursday night, September 21, 2017 at 8/7c.
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