Great news – Fox’s new series, Gotham, will keep lesbian detective Renee Montoya from Batman comics.
The new series is set in the Batman universe. The series, which focuses on James Gordon in his days as a rookie with the Gotham City Police Department, will feature lesbian detective Renee Montoya, who came out in the comics in 2003.
“Gotham is beautiful, dark, dangerous, and romantic. It’s the kind of cityscape you should look at and believe anything can happen, and that means everybody should exist there.”
Dannon Cannon, co-executive producer
Victoria Cartagena will portray Detective Montoya is more than aware of the impact her character could have:
“If watching me means that I can help someone else feel included, then that makes me very happy.”
Debuting in Batman No. 475, Detective Montoya became a favorite among LGBT comic readers when she was outed as lesbian in the 2003 comic book series ‘Gotham Central’.
Her appearance in the TV series Gotham will mark not only the first time a lesbian character has appeared in a live-action adaptation of Batman’s world but also the first time a lesbian of color will be a recurring character on any prime-time superhero series.
The series also plays host to a number of other strong female characters – Sarah Essen played by Zabryna Guevara, is the captain of the GCPD Homicide Squad and Gordon’s boss. Then there is new mob boss Fish Mooney played by Jada Pinkett Smith – a cunning and sadistic villain who is more than a match for the show’s heroes.
“It’s a new day when we can have a show on television that is not afraid to explore various sexual orientations of women,” says Pinkett Smith. “Let us hope that this is a path toward even more change in regard to the perceptions of female sexuality, as well as our bodies in relation to sex.”
Jada Pinkett Smith