'Gotham' Casts 'Southland's Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon


'Gotham' Casts 'Southland's Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon


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' Casts 'Southland's Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon

'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.

'Gotham' Casts 'Southland's Ben McKenzie as Jim 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.

- Benjamin McKenzie
- Gotham

Written by: msd85
Feb 8th, 2014, 6:29 pm

Images Courtesy of Warner Bros. & Bryan Steffy/Getty Images


Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 1:01 pm
Anon at 7:08, The Cape ring any bells? And Hwood wants to capitalize on name recognition. They assume there will be no risk. How well did that work with The Lone Ranger? Big Media tends to be bereft of new and original ideas. Something somewhere makes a buck ten copy cat shows appear. Personally I would enjoy a Creeper series. Or The Demon. Something cool and a bit weird, quotable.

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Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 10:51 am

There's a good chance this will end up like Birds of Prey.


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Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 8:08 am

I like Batman. And I like Gordon. I just don't see the need or, frankly, the interest in an entire television series based on Gotham City personalities before Batman comes on the scene. I think the comic book limited series -- and DVD video release -- of Batman: Year One did a fine job of covering anything anyone might really want to know.


Even as a huge comic book fan, this show doesn't even begin to interest me, personally.


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Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 5:24 am

While being a huge Batman fan, and a 10+year follower of a number of his comic titles, I accept the series makers are gonna wanna make tweaks to Bruce's early training years. IIRC Bruce travelled around the world learning from various experts in a wide range of fields. If the ptb want to have him learn a bunch of lessons whilst in Gotham then cool, I'll just look at the tv-series as a separate entity, sit back and enjoy the fun :)


Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 3:08 am
Why don't the writers in Hollywood Create a new superhero that no one has heard of? Instead of turning out the same old stories. We all know the origin of Batman,Superman, etc. Make a movie that is not lifted from a comic. That way everyone will see it for the first time and the film would be judged on the acting and production, not the lame ass story.

Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2014, 1:05 am
Well, there's hope that, given enough screw ups, we'll get past the big and small screen superhero craze sooner rather than later. Maybe. Eventually ......
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