Of all the super hero TV shows that will pop up in the next year or so, Fox's Gotham is one of the ones I'm most excited to see. The show will reportedly focus on a young Bruce Wayne and rookie cop Jim Gordon who will be battling some of Gotham's most famous villains as they rise to power. After the jump, find out who will be filling the role of Gordon.
Fox has tabbed Ben McKenzie (Southland, The OC) as the man for the role of rookie Homicide Detective Jim Gordon, according to Deadline. McKenzie has spent his entire career working with Warner Bros. and certainly fits the bill for this incarnation of Gordon, said to be a war hero and home town football star.
Gotham will bring a very fresh take to the mythology of Batman. The show is said to have a clear, complete arc that will follow Bruce Wayne from the time he's 12 until he suits up as Batman. The series will also use classic Batman characters such as The Riddler, The Joker, The Penquin and Catwoman and explore how each of them came to be the villains we all know so well. McKenzie will have a wonderful opportunity to make Gordon his own character and not a some rip off of Gary Oldman because he'll be playing a younger version. I know a lot of people are already hating on this series and calling it the next Smallville, but I'm going to hold off on judging it until I see it. I have a feeling we may be in for something pretty great.
The Gotham pilot will be directed by Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) and should hit the air sometime this fall. Fox does have designs on ordering a full series and I'm almost certain that's going to happen.