Fox’s upcoming TV show Gotham, planned to air this fall, finally has its Jim Gordon, and it’s none other than Ben McKenzie, notable for his work on Southland, The OC, and of course the animated adaptation of Year One (where he voiced the Caped Crusader.) The casting news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, who described the Gordon we’ll see on the show as follows:
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.
Sounds like we’ll be seeing a new side to the cop– although it looks like Gotham will be at the very least editing quite a few of the classic characters’ origins, as Batman mainstays like the Joker and Catwoman (who traditionally don’t appear until Batman himself does) are set to show up on the program as well. I’ll hold out judgment on Gotham until the series actually premieres, but at the very least, it’s nice to see a promising choice for Gordon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter