EXCLUSIVE: Brian McManamon Cast As Basil Karlo AKA Clayface In Gotham

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ComicBook.com can exclusively report, actor Brian McManamon has been cast as Basil Karlo, a.k.a. the original Clayface, in Fox's Gotham. While FOX could not confirm that he'll turn brown and gooey, we know that the character was going to make his way to the show last year at Wondercon.

Basil Karlo made his first appearance in Detective Comics #40 (June 1940) and was created by Bob Kane. He was a once-famous actor who went insane with rage when he learned that The Terror, a classic horror film he starred in, was being remade without him. To exact his revenge, Karlo dressed up as the film's villain, Clayface, and killed members of the cast in the order in which their characters died in the film.

At that time, Karlo didn't possess any super-powers, but that all changed when he reappeared in 1989's "The Mud Pack" story arc of Detective Comics. The four-part series featured Karlo joining forces with the other incarnations of Clayface — Preston Payne, Matt Hagen and Sondra Fuller — to take down Batman. After they were defeated, Karlo imbued himself with shape-shifting abilities by taking samples from his downed allies (who he tricked) and injecting the samples into himself.

As for McManamon, he is a New York City-based actor, teacher, and acting coach. He has spent much of his career on stage; however, he has appeared on television shows like Project Beth, Gossip Girl and Connect with English.

 Gotham airs Mondays at 8PM on Fox!

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4 Comments

    • libra113
    • 374 Posts in 13 Months

    More than likely it will be the powerless classic version of the character. Maybe he will come back later and gain powers but I'm betting, for now, he will just have the mask.

  1. Does anyone else not see he's wearing a black suit that's used for MoCap?

    • TJUC123
    • 9 Posts in 9 Months

    Lol.Just noticed.

    • geode
    • 3 Posts in 14 Months

    He’s my acting teacher; he’s a fantastic actor, and perfect for the role. I’m super psyched to see him on a show I love. He’s gonna kill it. And yes that looks like a mo-cap suit, but he also posted pictures of himself in the Basil Karlo get-up, so they might be doing both. Can’t wait to find out. I can see Clayface being an actor’s dark fantasy role haha