In the latest from Fox’s Gotham, it appears we’ve got a bit of torch-passing going on between the Gordons. Gary Oldman, who played Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, spoke with Access Hollywood recently regarding the upcoming show, and had the following to say to the new Detective Gordon, Ben McKenzie:
“Go back to the comic books. That’s what I did. There’s great stuff about Gordon. He had a whole other life.”
McKenzie has clearly taken the veteran actor’s words to heart, as he tweeted this last night:
Got some reading to do. # gotham pic.twitter.com/ujRRy6YL1v
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 12, 2014
So what’s he up to? Looks like:
- the first two volumes of Gotham Central, which had long been presumed to be an inspiration for Gotham, but many believed was scrapped when Fox revealed that the show would no longer be solely about the GCPD
- Long Halloween and Dark Victory, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s classic pair of early Bat-stories– could this hint at the Falcone and Maroni crime families being major players in Gotham?
- Year One. As I’ve speculated already, the decision to cast both Sarah Essen and Barbara Kean indicates we may be getting shades of Frank Miller’s coming-to-Gotham tale, though just how much the story will be echoed is anyone’s guess
- Earth One– By far the most interesting choice on the list, as it’s not in the same continuity as the others, Earth One is nonetheless an excellent choice, as it shows a more compromised Gordon and his decision to stand up to a town that has previously gotten the better of him. Also, worthwhile in this context for its take on Harvey Bullock as well.
Will any of these comics influence Gotham, or is Ben McKenzie just trying to line up his best Gordon influences straight? (I personally would’ve sent him straight to our Hero Recommendations Page, but it looks like he already got most of the Jim Gordon comics anyway!) Either way, it looks like Gotham is shaping up pretty nicely!
Gotham is set to air this fall on Fox.
Source: Access Hollywood