Ben McKenzie

Oct. 21, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Gotham’ has deep pop culture resonance, actor Donal Logue says

Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
The push-pull relationship between upright detective Jim Gordon and his morally flexible partner Harvey Bullock is a driving feature on the Fox series “Gotham,” but behind the scenes, veteran character actor Donal Logue said he and his scene partner, Ben McKenzie, enjoy an easy camaraderie on the New York set of the show, which explores the origins of many of the most well-known characters in the Batman universe. “I can’t say enough about Ben McKenzie — he carries the show, the weight of the show is on his shoulders, the world is kind of seen through his journey,” Logue said recently, speaking by phone from New York. “He’s a really hard-working patient guy. I’ve never seen him even for a moment express a frustration regardless of what’s going on.” These days, Logue’s not one to complain much either. The journeyman […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

‘Gotham': Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series. Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday. The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement. “Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse. Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Gotham': Exclusive video spotlights villains in Batman prequel

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Robin Lord Taylor in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
A new teaser video shines a light on the seedy underworld in “Gotham,” Fox’s Batman prequel series. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the video, which examines some of the more twisted players in Det. Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) stamping grounds. And “Gotham” suffers from no shortage of villains. “When we being the series, Gotham City is struggling,” DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says in the video. “It’s in the midst of a crime wave. It’s battling corruption.” At the center of Gotham’s organized crime is mob boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Doman. “The Falcone crime family runs the city,” McKenzie says in the video. “They have relationships with everyone from law enforcement to the judicial branch to the mayor’s office.” The turmoil following the death of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents could potentially […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

‘Gotham': Penguin actor Robin Lord Taylor cites Tim Burton influence

Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), left, and Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), in a scene from "Gotham."  (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
Among the many villains in the new Fox series “Gotham,” actor Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot might stand out as one of the more unhinged personalities Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) encounters as he finds his feet on a new beat in the corrupt city. One pointed scene in the premiere episode, which arrives Monday night, plays up Cobblepot’s rather robust enthusiasm for enhanced interrogation methods in the service of ruthless crime boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). But Oswald isn’t just some deranged lunatic, the actor points out — as “Gotham” unfolds, he promises, viewers will learn more about what motivates the character, and possibly even find some ways to sympathize with him. “The MO of the show,” he said, is “taking the fantastic and making it real.” In an interview with Hero Complex late last week, Taylor, whose […]
Sept. 05, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Gotham': Ben McKenzie talks ‘fish out of water’ Jim Gordon [video]

The Batman prequel series “Gotham” arrives on Fox as one of the fall’s most anticipated new shows — and Hero Complex readers can exclusively check out a new vignette featuring star Ben McKenzie discussing his starring turn as Det. James Gordon. “At the start of the series, James is more or less straight out of the military, has not been in Gotham in a decade or more,” McKenzie says in the new featurette. “He left when he was a kid, he’s a little bit of a fish out of water, he doesn’t exactly know what’s going on in Gotham and he’s figuring it out moment to moment.” Hear what else McKenzie had to say by watching the video below. Based on the origins of the Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon, “Gotham,” which premieres Sept. 22, is […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:28 p.m.

‘Gotham’ trailer: New clip sees Jim Gordon meet Bruce Wayne [video]

“I love this city, and I see it going to Hell.” Those are the first words uttered by Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective at the center of Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” in a new teaser for the show. The clip debuted Monday during the first episode of the network’s thriller “24: Live Another Day.” Based on the origins of the Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon, the Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.” Other key characters from “Batman” lore are also set to appear on the new show, including Selina Kyle, the unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman (Camren Bicondova); tough ex-marine […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.

‘Gotham’ posters: Jim Gordon, Catwoman, Alfred, Penguin in costume

'Gotham' character posters
Five iconic Batman characters have received their own posters for Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” based on the origins of Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon. The Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective. The new posters, released this week via social media, feature McKenzie and four other key characters, including Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman, portrayed by Camren Bicondova; tough ex-marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee; Oswald Cobblepot, an orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor; and Gordon’s partner and mentor Det. […]
Feb. 08, 2014 | 4:11 p.m.

‘Gotham’ casting: Ben McKenzie to star as James Gordon in new Fox show

Actor Ben McKenzie will star in Fox's upcoming series "Gotham." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
“Gotham” has found its Jim Gordon. Actor Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” has been cast in the lead role of “Gotham,” the upcoming Fox series that centers on the experiences of James Gordon before he became the famous police commissioner and key ally of Batman, according to a release issued by Warner Bros. Television on Saturday. In addition to exploring Gordon’s younger years, the show will chronicle the origins of many of the villains who have challenged Bruce Wayne’s superhero alter ego. Bruno Heller, whose credits include the CBS procedural “The Mentalist” and HBO’s epic drama “Rome,” wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer. Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot. Gordon was most recently brought to life on the big screen by Gary Oldman, who was a key part […]
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