It looks like the Fox series “Gotham” has found its Commissioner Gordon! Variety is reporting that Benjamin McKenzie, of “Southland” and “The O.C.” fame, has been cast as the young James “Jim” Gordon. I’m actually a huge fan of McKenzie and the character of Commissioner Gordon, so I think this casting sounds right on the mark. I didn’t think it was possible, but this news is actually making me even more excited to check out “Gotham.”
The show, which already has a series commitment from Fox, will explore the early days of James Gordon, when he was just a rookie detective. In addition to Gordon’s origin story, the show will feature a young Bruce Wayne and the origin stories of several of the more well-known villains including, Catwoman, the Penguin, and the Riddler.
McKenzie is the first confirmed star of the series. Danny Cannon is set to direct the show’s pilot, with a script written by “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller. Both Cannon and Heller will also serve as an executive producers of the show. And here’s a cool piece of trivia: this isn’t McKenzie’s first experience working in the Batman universe – he also voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2011 animated pic Batman: Year One.
“Gotham” is scheduled to premiere in the 2014-15 television season.
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