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Published On: Mon, Feb 10th, 2014

‘Southland’ and ‘O.C.’ star Ben McKensie cast as Gordon in ‘Gotham’ TV series

The O.C. star Ben McKenzie has landed the highly coveted role of a Detective James Gordon in Fox’s highly anticipated TV series: Gotham.

Ben McKenzie Southland photoAccording to Variety, McKenzie will headline the upcoming Batman prequel series as Gordon, a much younger version of the Commissioner Gordon character most recently played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Gotham will revolve around Gordon and some of the more colorful Batman villains years before Batman’s arrival changes everything. Bruce Wayne will also be featured in Gotham as a child dealing with the aftermath of his parents’ murder.
McKenzie starred in TNT’s critically acclaimed cop drama, Southland, which aired its series finale last year. He

 actually voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: Year One, the 2011 animated film.

Warner Bros. TV, has a series commitment at FOX. The pilot is being written and executive produced by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), while co-executive producer Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) will direct.

The first villain is said to be an early version of the Penguin as rumor is really circulating over the Internet after some twitter news mentioning a twenty-something Oswald.

Donal Logue has been courted to play Det. Bullock.

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