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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dr. Leslie Thompkins to appear on Gotham

The holiday break is over, lucky for all us Batman fans Gotham returns tomorrow night. The episode titled Rogue's Gallery will include Dr. Leslie Thompkins working at Arkam Asylum. For those of you that don't know the name Dr. Thompkins is an important supporting character in the comics. Below is a quick introduction to the character.

About Dr. Leslie Thompkins

Leslie Thompkins was a close friend of Thomas Wayne and after his murder she helped Wayne's son, Bruce, along with the family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Dr. Thompkins continues to help grieving slum children of Gotham throughout her appearances in Batman. She eventually learns that Bruce is Batman.
Initially Leslie does not approve of Bruce Wayne's vigilantly tactics and feels somewhat responsible for his actions. She also becomes romantically linked with Alfred.

First Appearance

Leslie Thompkins's first appearance was in Detective Comics  #457, created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Dick Giordano. In her first appearance she is depicted as comforting the young Bruce Wayne on the night that his parents were murdered. Each year Batman would visit Dr. Thompkins on the anniversary of the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. 

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On Gotham

Dr. Leslie Thompkins will be played by  Morena Baccarin. She will be working at Arkan Asylum alongside James Gordon and the couple will start off as friends. 
Regarding her portrail of the character Morena said the following in an Entertainment weekly interview:

I’m a physician. I’m working at Arkham, but we’re not sticking too close to the original mythology... We are having her team up with Jim Gordon instead of the Wayne family and Bruce. Eventually, who knows—it could go in that direction, but it hasn’t yet.”
She gets out [of Arkham] which is really fun and her and Jim kind of pair up and have this really great relationship. I think it’s important. Arkham is a really kind of iconic and dark and crazy world but I don’t think you want to spend too much time in there... Jim finds an ally in her, which I think is important for him at this point. He’s beaten down by the system and he’s been fighting this one-man operation to make Gotham not as corrupt. I think it’s really important that he finds that relationship in Leslie.

Enjoy the show tomorrow and in the meantime go on out and get Detective Comics #457.

Good Luck on Your Hunt!