Fox has announced that they have ordered a full season of Gotham, the series that will focus on Commissioner Gordon as a young detective. Also making appearances are a list of familiar names, including Bruce Wayne, Alfred, and a slew of Batman villains.
The trailer and a preview of some of the cast after the jump.
Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon – While his acting credits might make some sneer at his starring role on FOX’s The O.C., I am excited at this casting choice. The unappreciated Southland, which also starred McKenzie, was a gritty, thrilling cop show. It did not follow the typical “cop show” silliness that shows like CSI showcase every episode. He’s an actor with loads of potential and I’m very excited to see what he brings to the character.
David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne – There was enough confidence in this kid to have him be one of the stars of Touch, the television series with Kiefer Sutherland that was cancelled after only one season. Their confidence has not waned, as they now are entrusting him to play Bruce Wayne in an incredibly emotional and dramatic moment in his life, after the death of his parents. The bond between he and Gordon will likely feature.
Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth – Sean has shown up in various episodes of television and movies, as well as voice-acting in animated shows and video games. Since Bruce Wayne will be around the age he was when his parents were killed, they will feature that dramatic scene, and with it, Alfred becoming Bruce’s legal guardian.
Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock – Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Terriers, Life) is a fantastic edition to Gotham. Donal is great in everything he does, and it should be interesting to see what they have him do with the character. Harvey Bullock has had runs in the comics where he was corrupt, and under orders of the mayor of Gotham, has comedically messed up investigations in order to undermine Commissioner Gordon. Since Gordon is just a detective in this show, it is unclear how they will utilize the character. Chances are we won’t see much of a bumbling oaf, because this show will more than likely be in the vein of the Nolan films, dark and gritty.
Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle – Camren is a professional dancer as well as an actress. The origins of Catwoman are vague in most Batman comics. More modern stories depict that she was a young thief before becoming a master criminal. Considering this is a show about detectives, chances are we will see her getting in to some trouble as the show goes on.
Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot – With a more “reality-based” storyline, it’s likely that the more calm, cunning Penguin will be the inspiration for this version of Oswald Cobblepot, rather than the murderous psychopath that he sometimes is. While not always portrayed as a deformed, obese monster, it is interesting that they would choose such a polar opposite, such as Taylor.