Fox’s ‘Batman’ Prequel Series Finds Its Commissioner Gordon

From the Southland to Gotham City, actor Ben McKenzie has reportedly been cast in the lead role for Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham.

Entertainment Weekly made the casting announcement today, which is a big deal in the world of comic-book television. With Arrow doing so well on the CW and The Avengers taking over movie theaters, people are antsy for a glimpse into the Dark Knight’s next chapter.

McKenzie, who just finished his run on Southland and got his break playing Ryan Atwood on The O.C., will play Detective James Gordon in the years leading up to his appointment as Police Commissioner. And although Gordon will be the shows central character, it will also explore the origins of familiar faces like The Joker, The Penguin, and even a young Batman.

The series, as told by Fox’s Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly, will serve as an origin story for the famed D.C. franchise. He told reporters last month that the characters will be fresh and not at the point in their careers where costumes are a necessity.

“We’re not starting in that world where the villains are in costume,” he said. “You see markers for it that are delicious you see where the evolution and eccentricity where they become those characters. We don’t start off with capes and costumes.”