Gotham: Here's Your First Look at Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon

The days of Ryan Atwood's signature white tank top and choker are long over, and the uniform he wore as police officer Ben Sherman on TNT's Southland is forever lost to the great TV dry cleaner in the sky, but Ben McKenzie still looks pretty damn good in his first photo as Detective James "Jim" Gordon, star of Fox's upcoming Batman-adjacent series GothamThe show will focus on Gordon's path toward becoming the man who works alongside Batman to save Gotham City. But when the story begins, Gordon is just a detective who's partnered with Donal Logue's Detective Harvey Bullock, and the only Bruce Wayne in site is played by 13-year-old David Mazouz. So if you're looking for the Caped Crusader, keep moving. But if you're looking for a glimpse of McKenzie in his new role, well, I've got that for you right here!


Guys, I could ogle McKenzie's face all day. It's a good face! And the more I look at it, the more I'm convinced I might actually need to watch Gotham.

Whaddaya think? Will McKenzie make a good Gordon? 


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Mar 27, 2014
With the great cast this show has, I may need to give it a look.
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Mar 27, 2014
When you said "here's your first look at Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon", I didn't think you meant "here's Ben McKenzie, and he's playing Jim Gordon". They did nothing, they put him in a suit! They didn't change his hair or put him in glasses, nothing. They could have just photoshopped his head from a publicity still taken any time in the last 5 years onto this suit. This is lazy as hell, this isn't Jim Gordon, this is just "A. Detective".
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Mar 27, 2014
Why the hell would they put glasses on a characters publicity shot, when the on set photos don't have the character wearing glasses?
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Mar 28, 2014
Because the character should in some way look like Jim Gordon.

On-set photos haven't been published here, this says it's the "first look" at the actor as the character, so for many of us, including myself, this is the first look at the character.
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Mar 28, 2014
Of course the character looks like Jim Gordon because the character is Jim Gordon.

Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Micheal Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale.

None of those gentlemen look like each other, yet some how all managed to play therole of Bruce Wayne. Using your "logic" (and I use that term in the loosest possibly way) if say Lewis Wilson did look like Bruce Wayne, as Christian Bale looks nothing like Lewis WIlson they can't look anything Bruce Wayne and so can't have possibly played the part of Bruce Wayne, despite all evidence to the contrary


some more photos for you then
http://www.contactmusic.com/photo-archive/ben_mckenzie_on_the_set_of_gotham_170314_17x03x14
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Mar 29, 2014
No, I'm arguing that Jim Gordon is that look, period, and the ones that didn't use it were less Jim Gordon in writing so it didn't matter as much.
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Mar 29, 2014
So you're argument is that he can't be Jim Gordon because the actor doesn't wear glasses and doesn't have a mustache, because Jim Gordon has always worn glasses and had a mustache except for the times when he hasn't.
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Mar 28, 2014
Ha, no, this character is a guy named Jim Gordon who works in a city named Gotham, but he's not Gotham City's Jim Gordon, that's for damned sure.

You know what's funny about all those Batman examples? None of them wore glasses or a mustache as their regular look (although the Burton/Schumacher ones did occasionally wear glasses), they all had nice "rich guy" hair and outfits, and they all wore the goddamned Batman's costume; they all had the character's look. See the difference I'm drawing here to Ben McKenzie yet?

Commissioner Gordon has had a mustache and glasses since the very first Batman story, aside from no glasses in the Burton/Schumacher films and no mustache in the '66 show. That's his look.

Those on-set shots don't look like Jim Gordon from Batman in any way, they look like a generic cop show detective.
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Mar 27, 2014
I don't care who is playing Gordon. A show about Batman but without Batman is the most stupid and pointless thing I've ever heard of. I'll probably never watch this.
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Mar 27, 2014
What about shows that aren't about Batman and don't have Batman in, would you watch those?
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Mar 27, 2014
Agreed. Mostly. This is apparently a show about Gotham, which is related to and obviously had a huge influence on Batman, but isn't a show ABOUT Batman.

It COULD be interesting. The concept is only slightly interesting -- I mean what's fascinating about Gotham or even Gordon without Batman in it. But, it's all in the execution. It could end up being great.
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Mar 27, 2014
I think it's going to one those shows that's either great or a total train wreck, nothing in between. However like some people I don't mind waiting to see the final product before making that call
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Mar 27, 2014
What I want to know is will it be like Smallville, focusing on the formative years of our hero? Or, will it be more about the world of Batman without focusing on the young master Bruce?
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Mar 27, 2014
From what they've announced it'll mostly be the later, if they've cast a Bruce as being 12-ish then he shouldn't get the idea to become a vigellante until Gotham finishes it's run
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Mar 27, 2014
Kaitlin, your being in a daze over Ben-babes may well account for the spelling errors in this article and the Poehler's one too.
Good to see McKenzie and Logue will be together in a partnership. The tow of them may well turn out to be the best thing in it, innit!
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Mar 27, 2014
I look forward to see him as an adult actor, haven't seen him since the OC. Gee, I'm so late with news. I didn't even know that Gotham was on the way!
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Mar 27, 2014
Am I high, or is the idea of a teen YA show about Bruce Wayne and Gotham City before Batman (which, by the way, as the story goes that Bruce Wayne spent his youth in boarding schools) is like a show about New Orleans before Katrina? Outside of people who lived there, Who cares?
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Mar 27, 2014
I'm pretty sure you're high.
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Mar 27, 2014
uhm. Don't know. I think I wiuld have seen him better with a uniform at that age...
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Mar 27, 2014
McKenzie's 35, that's too old to be a beat cop.
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Mar 28, 2014
already? God. It seemed yesterday I was in my late teens and watched The OC...
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Mar 27, 2014
More than a few years ago , The OC was my favorite trainwreck of a guilty pleasure--boy was it bad, so bad it was good. So, I've kinda kept track of Rachel Bilson, Chris Carmack, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowen, Ben McKenzie, and most importantly, Melinda Clarke. Seth, Whatshisname and whatever Marissa's real name was, not so much.


And I wasn't all that impressed as most of you were about Southland--too real, confirming that most cops are just neurotic dipshits, and have no real right to be so cocky about what they are.

Are we reaching desperately into our little bag of tricks here to make a show about a very secondary character. I grew up with Batman, and the commish was no big deal back in the '50's--not until The Dark Knight series which I was also not too thrilled with. If you're going to be a costumed super hero, you should spend way less time getting your ass kicked I say.
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Mar 27, 2014
Gordon was important in the '40s and then got important in the later end of the silver age of comics, in the'70s under Denny O'Neil, then in the '80s he became legend thanks to Frank Miller in the '80s where he's been fetishized thanks to Christopher Nolan's Batman flicks (and also sorta landlocked as a character). That said, at this stage in his life, Gordon isn't even supposed to be in Gotham, but nothing about this turkey of a show makes a lick of sense.
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Mar 27, 2014
Yeah, but Gordon was a major part of Batman, the 60's series. :)
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Mar 27, 2014
All the different posters are fine. Whatever! My issue is that this looks nothing like Batman's world except for the zeppelins. I mean it looks so standard.
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Mar 27, 2014
I can't stand that it doesn't look like your average depressed city. Takes an element of realism out of it. Even Detroit doesn't look that bad.
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Mar 27, 2014
Zeppelins? What is this, the Red Universe?
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Mar 27, 2014
He could use a moustache.
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Mar 27, 2014
Let's wait until the last episoe for him to do that.
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Mar 27, 2014
Nooooooooooo. That's what mid-life crises are for.
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Mar 27, 2014
Yeah, good call.
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