Big news from FOX this evening as the network announced that it has casts the lead role in the upcoming Batman series, ‘Gotham’. The new series won’t center on Bruce Wayne/Batman this time, but instead follow the life and career of the popular police icon, Commissioner Gordon.
The new role will be played by Ben McKenzie, who fans should remember from “Southland.” The young star was chosen to play-out the younger origin story of DC Comics’ Commissioner Gordon, who of course works with Batman eventually.
It was Fox’s Kevin Reilly that made the announcement during the winter TCA session that “Gotham” would take shape, and it would allow for a new look at Gordon’s career, and would also allow the network to build-up the origin stories and rise-to-power of the comic’s notorious villains.
If you are hoping that Bruce Wayne will make an appearance, he most certainly will, the network stated that Gotham will feature the young billionaire as he grows into the Cape Crusader. The original pilot was written by Bruno Heller, he is also an executive producer along with Danny Cannon.
Fans should also remember that McKenzie wa the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2011 animated pic “Batman: Year One.”