Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak
She's dressed to impress
True Story Trailer Arrives
James Franco has a tale to tell
Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book
He knows the Bare Necessities
New American Sniper Trailer Online
Bradley Cooper shoots to kill
Tak3n Becomes A 12A
Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...
Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish
He's set for a new comedy
Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice
Sony has bought the project
The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork
Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton
Featuring The Interview(s)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
03 October 2014
Gotham Finds Its Harvey Dent
Nicholas D'Agosto gets Two-Faced
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Junebug
Empire Star Rating
Goal!
Empire Star Rating
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Empire Star Rating
Judge Dredd
Empire Star Rating
The Young Americans
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ben McKenzie Will Be Jim Gordon
In Fox TV's Gotham

09 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Ben-McKenzie-Is-Jim-Gordon-Gotham

The gears are well and truly turning on the new TV version of the Batman world, which will have no direct connection to either Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight universe or the Ben Affleck Batman set to debut in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel due in 2016. With Danny Cannon aboard to call the shots from Mentalist man Bruno Heller’s script, we now know who will be playing the central figure of officer (and future Commissioner) James Gordon: Ben McKenzie.

It doesn’t hurt that the actor, whose TV career was set in motion by The O.C., has spent the last few years playing LAPD officer Ben Sherman on (underrated) cop drama Southland.

Gotham's Gordon will be a similarly driven policeman, a rookie detective for Gotham City Police Department's Homicide Squad. A college football star and a war hero, Gordon was fast-tracked through the GCPD
ranks. We're told that he's brave, energetic and honest, and striving to live up to the classical virtues of a father he barely knew. He's also "an idealistic soul, to the point of naiveté". But all those virtues are "tempered by analytical intelligence and an ambitious alpha male ego" so don't go thinking he won't put his ideals into action.

Of course, he’ll also have to deal with early versions of some of the Batman universe’s biggest villains, including Catwoman, The Riddler, The Penguin, and most challengingly, The Joker. The series will follow a young Bruce Wayne as he grows up and eventually – though not, according to the current plan, in the run of the series – embraces his destiny as the Caped Crusader.

McKenzie, who starred in an unsuccessful pilot for Heller a few years ago, will be reporting for duty soon.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Anne Hathaway Wants To Hire The Intern
She's in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

He was Batman before
He actually voiced Batman once in the animated movie in Batman:Year One! More

Posted by rollotomasi at 23:23 on 09 February 2014 | Report This Post

Perfect choice for Jim Grodon. Great actor. Can't wait. More

Posted by adanijali at 21:05 on 09 February 2014 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Review Of The Year: 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2014
The scores and OSTs to add to your playlist

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)