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Fox Casts The O.C.’s Ben McKenzie In Batman Prequel, Gotham

Submitted by on February 10, 2014 – 10:42 amNo Comment

Fox has found its star for a series exploring the history of Gotham City before Batman arrived. Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham, portraying him in the years before he becomes commissioner and partners up with the Caped Crusader.

McKenzie is best known for his roles as the troubled outsider Ryan adjusting to life in affluent Orange County on the Fox series The O.C.; and as rookie cop Ben Sherman in the critically-acclaimed but poorly-rated TNT police drama Southland.

The Hollywood Reporter describes the young Detective Gordon as he will be imagined on Gotham:

Gotham‘s Gordon is a rookie detective for Gotham City Open Police Department’s Homicide Squad. A college football star,
and a war hero, Gordon was fast-tracked through the GCPD
ranks. He’s brave, energetic and honest. Driven to live up to the classical virtues of a father he barely knew, he’s an idealistic soul, to the point of naiveté. That virtue is tempered by analytical intelligence and an ambitious alpha male ego — he’ll back up his naive ideals with action.

The casting reunites McKenzie with showrunner Bruno Heller, who worked with McKenzie on the failed pilot Advocates with Mandy Moore.

Interestingly, McKenzie voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in the animated film Batman: Year One. This might make him the only actor to portray both Batman and Gordon.

What do you think of McKenzie’s casting, or the idea of a Commissioner Gordon prequel? Let us know in the Comments.

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