DC All Access caught up with Ben McKenzie and the cast of the new Gotham Fox TV series.
Ben McKenzie (James Gordon), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney) talk about what we can expect from Fox's upcoming new Batman prequel.Â
Gotham premieres this Fall Monday nights at 8pm ET on FOX.
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Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them â€“ the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (â€śThe Mentalist,â€ť â€śRomeâ€ť), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, â€śSouthland,â€ť â€śThe O.C.â€ť) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancĂ©e, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, â€śOpen Grave,â€ť â€śBreaking Inâ€ť), Gordon is living his dream â€“ even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, â€śSons of Anarchy,â€ť â€śTerriers,â€ť â€śVikings,â€ť â€śCopperâ€ť), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, â€śTouchâ€ť), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, â€śThe Matrixâ€ť films, â€śHawthoRNe,â€ť â€śCollateralâ€ť), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, â€śThe Walking Dead,â€ť â€śAnother Earthâ€ť).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, â€śBurn Noticeâ€ť), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, â€śCamelot,â€ť â€śElementaryâ€ť). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (â€śThe Mentalistâ€ť) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the â€śCSIâ€ť series, â€śNikitaâ€ť).