The new James Gordon has officially been cast, and the actor who won the role already has some experience playing a cop.
For months now, we've been wondering who will take the lead on Fox's new series about the early days of Gotham City's age of superheroes and supervillains. We've known for quite a while that a young Jim Gordon would be at the center of the chaos, alongside a young Bruce Wayne and a budding group of young supervillains, and now we finally know who will be the next filmed incarnation of the ionic future police commissioner. Here he is:
Ben McKenzie, star of The O.C. and the NBC/TNT cop drama Southland, officially landed the role of Gordon over the weekend, so he'll be the guy you see trying to navigate Gotham City's growing crime problem as we see the origin stories of everyone from Batman to the Riddler to the Penguin. The last actor to play the role was the legendary Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, so McKenzie's obviously got some big shoes to fill, but with five seasons as a cop on Southland under his belt, he certainly knows how to handle himself, and he's definitely poised to deliver his own take on one of Batman's closest allies.
Gotham will be executive-produced by writer Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) and director Danny Cannon (Nikita, Alcatraz). If all goes well, we should see it sometime in late 2014. What do you think? Is McKenzie a strong choice for Gordon?