Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of Detective James Gordon in FOX’s upcoming TV show Gotham. McKenzie got his first big break on the FOX show The O.C. and even voiced Batman in 2011’s animated Batman: Year One. McKenzie just wrapped up the show Southland last year, so he’s no stranger to playing a cop.
All I can promise is I will do my best not to screw this up. Can't wait to get to work.
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 8, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has a few more details about Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon character in Gotham:
Gotham‘s Gordon is a rookie detective for Gotham City Open Police Department’s Homicide Squad. A college football star, and a war hero, Gordon was fast-tracked through the GCPD ranks. He’s brave, energetic and honest. Driven to live up to the classical virtues of a father he barely knew, he’s an idealistic soul, to the point of naiveté. That virtue is tempered by analytical intelligence and an ambitious alpha male ego — he’ll back up his naive ideals with action.
Gotham will tell the origin story of young Bruce Wayne, who won’t become Batman until the show’s final episode. Gordon will also be a big part of the show, and we’ll see the early careers and origins of The Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, The Riddler, and more.
It’s been reported that Donal Logue has been offered the part of Harvey Bullock, and there may be a few more casting announcements before the pilot episode begins shooting in New York next month. Gotham is expected to air this fall on FOX. Stay tuned to Batman News for all the latest!