Monday, October 31, 2016

GOTHAM Casts Ivana Miličević as Selina's Mother

Just think how awkward Mother's Day is going to be.

TVLine has word that the Fox series Gotham has cast Ivana Miličević as Selina Kyle's long-lost mother Maria Kyle.  

The role will be recurring and is described in the article as "a tough-as-nails operator with an arsenal of street smarts, world-class drifter who’s able to hide her true self behind a variety of personas.  A criminal through and through, she is willing to use anything and anyone to get what she wants.  Her one weakness, however, is the daughter she abandoned — and the only person in the world she truly loves."

Born in Sarajevo, Miličević, 42, is probably best known as Anastasia Rabitov/Carrie Hopewell on the Cinemax series Banshee and as Valenka in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006).  She's also appeared in the films Jerry Maguire, Enemy of the State, Vanilla Sky, Love Actually, The Howling: Reborn, and Catfight.  Her various TV appearances include Felicity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Shadows (2004), House, Charlie's Angels (2011), Psuch, Vegas, and Power.

The character of Maria Kyle was first referenced in 1994's Catwoman (vol.2) #0, "Cat Shadows," written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent.  In the story, Maria Kyle was revealed as a distant parent who preferred to spend her time with cats, and committed suicide when Selina was very young.  Brian Kyle, a drunken layabout angry at his wife for killing herself, disliked Selina for resembling her mother and eventually drank himself to death.

However, in the 1999 limited series Batman: Dark Victory, it was heavily implied that Selina is the illegitimate daughter of Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, head of the Falcone crime family.  John Doman plays Carmine Falcone on Gotham, who recently returned for the show's third season.

Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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