Ever since Ben Affleck was cast in Zack Snyder's 'Batman Vs. Superman,' it seems like there has been an ongoing trend of DC Universe casting announcements that have served to divide the Internet.
First, rail thin Israeli model Gal Gadot was cast as the famously muscular Wonder Woman, causing DC fans to throw a fit. They seem to forget that Lynda Carter (who played the character in the 1970s TV series) was an inch shorter, and only slightly less lean than Gadot.
More recently, go-to Hollywood nerd Jesse Eisenberg ('The Social Network,' Zombieland') was given the role of Superman's greatest foe, Lex Luthor. Even Jeremy Irons, who is undoubtedly a talented actor, has received a very mixed reception to his casting as kindly butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Which brings us to today's big story. News broke only a few hours ago about who would be playing lead character Jim Gordon (who eventually earns the title of Police Commissioner) on FOX's 'Gotham, and well, the Internet might want to sit down for this one. Drumroll, please...
'Gotham's top cop will be portrayed by none other than Ben McKenzie, most recently of the critically acclaimed police drama 'Southland,' but probably best known for his work as Ryan Atwood on early 2000s phenomenon 'The O.C.' Take a moment to let that sink in everyone.
Now, I'm not saying McKenzie won't do a good job. By all accounts, he did a fine job on 'Southland.' Heck, he even played the Caped Crusader himself in the animated film 'Batman: Year One.' The problem is that I don't think anyone would have ever expected FOX to cast someone so young as the perpetually grizzled James Gordon.
While it's true that 'Gotham' is a sort of "prequel" to the 'Batman' universe we know, prior reports have suggested that the series would partially focus on the journey that turned an adolescent Bruce Wayne into the Dark Knight. Producers even directly compared the show to 'Smallville.'
Traditionally, Jim Gordon has been presented as a good 25-30 years older than Bruce. Ben McKenzie is only 35-years-old, and tends to look even younger than that onscreen. I highly doubt 'Gotham' features a 10-year-old Bruce Wayne, so this casting move throws a huge wrench in the established 'Batman' continuity. Jim is supposed to be a mentor figure to Bruce, which will be a lot harder if the two actors end up looking like they went to high school together.
We'll all find out how smart of a move this was when 'Gotham' finally hits the airwaves. As of now, no time frame for its debut has been released.