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


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!