Gotham, the upcoming TV series from Warner Brothers and Fox Television, has finally got a Commissioner Gordon. To be more accurate, Fox has announced the casting of Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, the detective who would one day become police commissioner for Gotham City.
Gotham has been under discussion for several months and is ostensibly the origin story of detective James Gordon and his experiences as the lone good cop in a corrupt police department. Early reports indicate that the show would also feature the origin stories of some of the cities more notable villains. Recently it was announced that the program will also feature a young Bruce Wayne character, a pre-teen in the days before he dons the cape and cowl.
Gotham is poised to join other comic book based TV shows that have found success in the last decade. Being centered around the police in DC universe, rather than the costumed heroes, the series will not need to be as effects heavy as it’s predecessor Smallville. Building off the Batman name gives the new series a stronger, more knowledgeable fan base than Arrow.
Jim Gordon has been portrayed in a variety of different ways over the years, from Neil Hamilton on the 1966-68 batman TV show, through Pat Hingle in the 1989 Batman. Most famously, Gary Oldman played the role in the Christopher Nolan Batman films. The announcement of Ben McKenzie as the lead in Gotham adds him to a small but elite fraternity of actors.
McKenzie has experience playing a police officer, having played Officer Ben Sherman on the TNT drama Southland from 2009-2013. He has experience working with the DC characters, having voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Batman: Year One animated feature. He has already appeared on a Fox network drama, having played Ryan Atwood on The O.C. from 2003-2007. Mr. McKenzie seems to have the ideal pedigree to take on the role in Gotham.