Ben McKenzie to Play Young Commissioner Gordon in Fox’s Batman Origin Series

Ben McKenzie Play Young Commissioner Gordon

Gotham” has found its Detective James Gordon.

Fox and Warner Bros. TV have tapped Ben McKenzie to star in “Gotham,” casting the “Southland” alum as a young version of DC Comics’ famed Commissioner Gordon.

Fox topper Kevin Reilly announced at the net’s winter TCA session that “Gotham” will feature the origin story of Gordon along with Gotham City’s notable villains. A young Bruce Wayne will also be featured, as “Gotham” follows Wayne from his pre-teen years to the moment when he puts on the Batman cape for the first time.

Bruno Heller penned the pilot script for “Gotham,” which has a series commitment at Fox. He will exec produce with Danny Cannon, who also helmed the pilot.

McKenzie is no stranger to the Fox family, as the thesp landed his breakout role on the net’s sudsy drama “The O.C.” McKenzie also has experience working in the Batman universe, having voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in 2011 animated pic “Batman: Year One.”

The actor is repped by CAA, Management 360 and PJ Shapiro, Ziffren and Brittenham.

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  1. PR2165pa says:

    Great call. I think he will be an excellent Gordon. Best of luck to him and the series.

  2. alex77 says:

    Terrific to hear that Ben’s got another series and with Bruno Heller since I was looking forward to their pilot The Advocates. Ben’s a great actor who can do so much with minimal dialogue and someone who values doing good work, not the celebrity spotlight. Good luck to them. Not a fan of Batman, but will definitely watch Ben to see what he can do with this.

  3. Alex says:

    A Gotham without Batman sucks. It is much better to get a nobody like me to wear the Bat costume and play batman, and I assure you it will be a hit. As long as somebody wears the bat costume and talks like Christian Bale when he wears the maks – we’re good to go !

  4. Alex says:

    Gotham without a Batman, Batmobile, Bat-cycle, and a Bat Jet is going to suck big time. Why watch a fictitious cit without the Cape Cruzader ? Same thing why I don’t watch that TV show with Nick Fury’s side kick (What was the title again?) – Without the Avengers, its a BS TV show

  5. Jeremiah says:

    I’ll go ahead and make the groundbreaking prediction that this is going to suck.

    Batman works because the entire comic is a dark, psychological fable with the supporting characters and villains cast acting as stand-ins for aspects of Bruce Wayne’s complicated, troubled psyche. When you reduce all that down to some Smallville-ish/Vampire High young adult drama it’s going to lose the thing that makes Batman special.

    We can also be sure that Bruce Wayne will encounter the teenage version of EVERY character he meets as an adult. It’s a painfully contrived gimmick that turned me off of Smallville, but the producers won’t be able to resist the urge to portray every damn character, even the ones that only work when they are anonymous, such as the Joker or Dick Grayson.

    This is what Joel Schumacher never understood about Batman: you have to have respect for the franchise. It isn’t a joke to the fans. Turning Batman into a gothic Muppet Babies isn’t going to work.

    I’ll be pleased when this is canceled and Fox can’t figure out why their focus group of giggling 13 year old girls didn’t correctly predict the average weekly viewership.

  6. Wade Wilson says:

    A Gotham show w/o Batman is like a tv show about SHIELD w/o the Avengers…lame, and very, very uninteresting.

  7. Neil says:

    This sounds like it’ll be a good show, but knowing Fox’s track record with good shows. It’ll be cancelled halfway through its first season and leave an entire generation of fans bitter and resentful.

  8. Ryan says:

    One of the great actors, hope his role is a good one

  9. lotrfan says:

    Nobody cares!!!

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