Warner Bros. has its new Jim Gordon—at least, on television.
Variety reports that Fox and Warner. Bros TV have announced the casting of Ben McKenzie to play Jim Gordon on Gotham, an upcoming origin series that focuses on the early days of Gotham City’s Police Commissioner.
McKenzie, best known for his roles as Ryan Atwood The O.C. and Police Officer Ben Sherman on Southland, will portray Gordon as a young, rookie Detective in Gotham City’s Homicide Squad. The series, much like The CW’s Smallville and Arrow, will feature origin stories of Gotham’s famous criminals such as The Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman.
Developed by Bruno Heller (creator of The Mentalist and HBO’s Rome), the series will also feature a young Bruce Wayne and follow him from his preteen years up to the day when he decides to dawn the cowl and cape to become Batman. It is reasonable to assume the show will feature an expanded relationship between Gordon and young Bruce like it was hinted in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
McKenzie becomes the latest actor to portray a live action Jim Gordon, following Lyle Talbot (the 1949 Batman and Robin Columbia serial), Neil Hamilton (Batman [the 1966 TV series and the 1966 film based off the show]), Pat Hingle (Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), and Gary Oldman (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises). At this time, it is unknown if Jim Gordon will be featured in Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film.
This isn’t McKenzie’s first time in the Batman universe. He voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in the animated Warner Bros. film Batman: Year One, based off Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed 1987 comic book story arc that detailed Batman’s first year.
Gotham will premiere during the 2014-2015 television season on Fox.