“Southland” and “The OC” alum Ben McKenzie will play Detective James Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series “Gotham.”
The series will focus on the origins of Commission Gordon as well as the origins of many of the classic Batman villains. McKenzie’s version of Gordon is a rookie detective for the Gotham City Police Department’s homicide division. He is also a former college football star and war hero.
The Hollywood Reporter provides some more details about the character:
“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.”
It’s also been confirmed the series will include younger versions of Bruce Wayne and Alfred as well as the Riddler, Catwoman, the Joker and the Penguin. Similar to “Smallville” the series is supposed to end with Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
“The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller is writing the pilot and executive producing the series and “Judge Dredd” director Danny Cannon will direct and serve as executive producer for Warner Bros. TV.
McKenzie is no stranger to the “Batman” universe. He provided the voice for Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2011 animated film “Batman: Year One,” which also served as a “Batman” prequel.
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