Fox moves ahead and casts Ben McKenzie as pre-Commissioner James Gordon for the Batman prequel series Gotham.
McKenzie joins the cast in the lead role, as Gotham sets out to explore the city and its characters in the years before the Batman. McKenzie is best known for his roles as Officer Ben Sherman and Ryan Atwood on Southland and The O.C., respectively. McKenzie is also no stranger to Gotham City or its residents, having voiced the caped crusader in the DC animated feature Batman: Year One, opposite Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon.
It seems like McKenzie has a certain predilection towards these characters, which is good news for the series. We’ve seen how much a passionate actor can add to the character over on CW’s Arrow, and Gotham will need a sturdy lead like McKenzie to carry the series, much like Stephen Amell has been. McKenzie is the first big name we’ve heard in connection with Gotham, which has been given a straight-to-series order, but we expect more announcements coming soon with Gordon cast.
A number of roles within the GCPD will still need to be filled, but the studio is still playing quiet about which characters we will get to see as part of the squad. What we do know is a young Bruce Wayne will play a part on the show, as will future villains of the Batman like Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. The pilot episode was written by Bruno Heller and will be directed by Danny Cannon.
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