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

Sept. 05, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

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 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 hourlong drama, including Selina Kyle, the unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman (Camren Bicondova); tough ex-Marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee); Oswald Cobblepot, an orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor); and Gordon’s partner and mentor, Det. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue).

David Mazouz will play preteen Bruce Wayne, the orphan who eventually becomes Batman, while Jada Pinkett Smith as original character Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner.

The cast also includes Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice,” “3 lbs.”) as Capt. Essen, Gordon’s boss at the Gotham City Police Department homicide squad; and Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean, an emergency room doctor.

Are you looking forward to “Gotham’s” debut? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex


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

  1. MIke says:

    It looks decent so I'll give it a shot.

  2. Claus Talon says:

    Hmmm…Watched the pilot last night and I MIGHT watch another episode. MAYBE. Castings not bad actually-but I'd personally prefer seeing the evolution of Bruce Wayne from THE EVENT up to YEAR ONE. A series based on what we've yet to see brought to the screen, but only alluded to only too briefly. Those chapters mentioned in origin stories but not shown in depth- like his enrolling in the FBI academy and after awhile there realizing that the law(at times)would hinder him. Him being mentored by crack detectives, and his first combat training by Ted Grant. His travels around the globe to enhance his entire skill set, such as the animated short of him learning pain tolerance as seen in "Gotham Nights".

  3. Claus Talon says:

    -Con't…The alteration of established canon will always be a problem with me. Gordon and Barbera were ALREADY married before coming to Gotham, and there was NO WITNESS to the shooting. Joe Chill's expression when young Bruce stared into his soul, the original and actual reason he fled without shooting Bruce. The surrogate mother who was the first to compfort the orphaned child. That is what I would look forward to watching as a weekly series. As far as the pre-Batman Gotham goes, (with the exception of Gordon's backstory), I couldn't care less, as it is the emergence of the Dark Knight himself that gives Gotham any reason to be of interest (IMO). "Nuff said!"

  4. Damon Veach says:

    I really enjoyed Gotham and look forward to many more episodes. Ben McKenzie is perfect as James Gordon, and the other cast members are very good too.

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