Caveat: In case you’re not caught up on Monday night’s “Gotham” — thar be spoilers.
CAMREN BICONDOVA walked out of her “Gotham” audition, and her sense of uncertainty was not simply about whether she would get the part. She did not even know, it seems, what part she was auditioning for.
So when she received the call to tell her she’d be joining the next live-action Batman universe, Bicondova — a trained dancer — also learned that she’d be playing sure-footed Selina Kyle, and she was ecstatic.
“It’s insanely amazing,” Bicondova tells The Post’s Comic Riffs about the moment she discovered she was the next “Catwoman.” “There are only six actresses who have played Catwoman. And I’m the seventh.
“And I’m the youngest,” notes Bicondova, who is 16.
“It’s intimidating and it was nerve-racking at first, but I feel like it’s pretty cool that I’m able to say that I’m one of the seven actresses that have played Catwoman,” she continues. “And I’m just really excited for what comes.”
It was a surreal moment for Bicondova, having become part of an exclusive feline sorority of heroism/villainy that includes such actresses as Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether on the small screen, and Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway on the silver screen. But unlike those well-known actresses — who have a host of Academy Award and Tony Award and Golden Globes nominations among them, as well as two Oscar wins — Bicondova is the first to give a glimpse of Selina Kyle as a youngster, years before the mask, whip and claws.
As “Gotham” continues its second season on Fox, Bicondova’s young Selina, in fact, is more alone than ever before. Young Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, Alfred, has forbid her from coming in contact with “Master Bruce,” as he is convinced that Selina killed his friend Reggie. It should be noted that Reggie was spying on Bruce, betraying his old buddy Alfred and, in Selina’s eyes, she was preventing Reggie from killing Bruce. It was a stunning turn of events for Bruce and Alfred, but just another day in the Gotham streets for Selina.
After last night’s episode, possibly the one friend Selina had left, Bridget Pike, seemingly went down in a flame-blazing shootout with the GCPD — after a fiery internship with her criminal step brothers turned her into “Gotham’s” version of comic book bat-villain Firefly.
Jim Gordon, the good cop with bad secrets, promised Selina that he wouldn’t let anything happen to her friend when she became public enemy No. 1 in Gotham. But now he has to tell Selina that her only friend left has died.
Viewers know by the episode’s end that Bridget has survived, but Selina and Gordon still don’t know that, which leads to a new page in their on-again, off-again, parent/teacher, adult/child, cop/street-kid relationship. And Selina feels she can’t trust Gordon anymore.
Since “Gotham” began, Gordon was there for Selina, whether she liked it or not. Now, after the loss of her friend, it seems she’s ready for Gordon to be gone from her life for good.
Bicondova says that Selina’s survivalist skills might lead to an eventual, if reluctant reconciliation with the future commissioner of the GCPD.
“It seems like the end, but Selina is very resilient,” Bicondova says of Selina’s working relationship with Gordon. “She knows who to have relationships with in order to help her in the future. Gordon is one of those people that you don’t really like, but you need them if you’re in trouble.
“I think she’ll come back around. It’ll just take a little bit of time.”
Like many actors who land comic book-inspired roles, Bicondova says that she wasn’t too familiar with the Batman universe outside of the basics (billionaire vigilante using his money for good when not dressing like a bat). And as is generally the case in those situations, Bicondova was handed a ton of comic books to help her research her role. In doing so, she came across one storyline that she hopes makes it to the “Gotham” universe.
“There’s one comic book where Carmine Falcone is the father of Selina Kyle, and I just thought that was the greatest thing,” Bicondova tells Comic Riffs, referring to “Batman: The Long Halloween,” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, a graphic novel that hints that the legendary Gotham crime boss was Selina’s true father. That twist would create an interesting dynamic with the recently departed John Doman, should the actor return to reprise his role as “Gotham’s” Falcone.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that makes perfect sense,” Bicondova says. “I think that would be pretty cool.”
If that classic bat-moment does make it to the show, Bicondova probably won’t find out until she reads the script. She says that “Gotham’s” writers always keep cast members on their toes when it comes to the destinies of their characters.
“I never know what the writers are going to do,” she says. “But it’s always exciting when I read the scripts.”