Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Stargate, Homeland, V, The Mentalist) is joining Gotham. The 35 tear old Brazilian-American actress will be taking on the recurring role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins – a character who made her comic book debut on March 1976 in Detective Comics #457 and was created by Dennis O’Neil and Dick Giordano.
Her comic book debut saw her comforting a young Bruce Wayne on the night that his parents were murdered. This event Inspired Thompkins to spend the rest of her life helping slum kids avoid a life of crime, and every year on the anniversary of the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Batman would visit the now elderly woman in Park Row (which was now referred to as Crime Alley.)However, Thompkins has no idea he was the boy she had helped decades before.
In later years, Thompkins is portrayed as having been a close friend of Thomas Wayne. She took it upon herself to look after Wayne’s son, Bruce, after the boy’s parents were murdered, often acting with the family butler Alfred Pennyworth as a parental figure and guardian. In Batman Special #1 (1984), after costumed cop-killer Wrath dies in combat with Batman, Leslie comforted Wrath’s grieving girlfriend much as she had young Bruce.
Furthermore, Thompkins runs a clinic for criminals and drug addicts in Gotham City. While the majority of her patients are repeat offenders, she continues to do her job with great perseverance and determination. During the No Man’s Land storyline, she runs Gotham’s only medical clinic, operating under a strict ‘No Violence’ policy regardless of her patients’ actions and intent. Even Killer Croc respects the rule and stays out, despite his strong desire for revenge against Victor Zsasz.
Thompkins’ inner thoughts are revealed when Spoiler suffers serious injuries at the hands of Black Mask during War Games and is taken to Leslie’s clinic for treatment. Initially thinking Spoiler died of her injuries, Batman later discovers that Leslie deliberately treated her improperly, resulting in her death while hoping that it would teach Batman the lesson that his constant use of children as partners was only putting their lives in danger.
After liquidating her assets and giving them to Spoiler’s daughter, she flees to Africa. Batman follows her and forces a confession, coldly informing her that he may not stop violence, but he had never thrown another body onto the pile in the hopes of making a statement. He warns her that she was just another murderer in his eyes, and if she ever returned to the United States or practiced medicine again, he would bring her to justice.
After the events of Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Thompkins has once again set up shop in Gotham, attempting to start over and continue to help unfortunates. She gained the Cavalier as her bodyguard and has, along with Barbara Gordon, begun helping a former associate of the Teen Titans named Wendy Harris deal with the loss of the use of her legs. Thompkins has been welcomed back warmly by Alfred and Dick Grayson, whilst Batman and Tim Drake remain hostile.