Donal Logue explains why ‘Gotham’ is cool even without Batman

Gotham will premiere on FOX later this year and tell the origin story of James Gordon and some of Batman’s most popular villains. Bruce Wayne is only 12 years old in Gotham, and some people are having a tough time getting excited for a Batman TV show without Batman. IGN caught up with Donal Logue, who plays Detective Harvey Bullock, and got him to explain why Gotham is cool even without the Dark Knight himself.

“It’s interesting because people will say, ‘What good is Gotham? A Gotham without Batman is stupid!,'” the actor acknowledged. “What’s fascinating about Gotham is like, what happened in the 20 years before Batman was so effed up that it needed a vigilante to come and save it — and those moral decisions have repercussions. Like, Gordon does stuff that seems to come from a good place, but you can do something and — this kind of goes back to the statecraft argument — say, in Vikings time, if I want to kill my enemy, I have to kill his kids. If I don’t kill sons, they’re coming after me and mine for the rest of our lives. So you’ve got to pull the root out. That’s something that Gordon struggles with, being that brutal. Then later, if some bad s**t goes down, you can say, ‘Well, that was your bighearted moment.’ It’s kind of mock politics, so it’ll be interesting to see. I’m super fascinated to see where a lot of these things go. The question is, how did we get there? How did we get to the point where we had to have a Batman?”

“And look,” the actor went on to say, “There’s no one better than Ben McKenzie to play this guy [Gordon]. Besides being a great actor, he’s just a sturdy guy; he’s such a solid citizen. He is Gordon, you know? I also have to say, Robin Taylor is pretty amazing. When I look back, I was like, ‘Oh, I wonder who they’re going to cast?’ That was always a critical thing for me, was who was going to play the Penguin. He gave it this kind of gravitas that was pretty awesome to watch. The casting’s great.”

Be sure to head on over to IGN at the source link below for the full interview, Logue talks a lot more about Gotham. Are you looking forward to Gotham, even though Batman won’t be a part of the show until the very last episode? Let me know in the comments below.