GOTHAM Role of James Gordon Offered to Donal Logue [Updated]

     January 14, 2014

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Rumor has it that the role of James Gordon in the new Gotham series has been offered to Donal Logue.  Normally you see Gordon’s name with the title of Commissioner in front of it, but as the Fox series will take place before even a young Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl, Gordon will have to earn those stripes.  Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham explores Gordon’s origins alongside such infamous villains as the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin, and takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman.  Hit the jump for more on Gotham and Logue.

Donal Logue GothamNews of Logue being offered the role of Gordon in Gotham comes courtesy of Latino Review.  Logue has had a long career dating back to the early 90s and spanning both television and film, but he’s probably best known for the early 00s’ sitcom, Grounded for Life.  More recently, Logue starred in the cult favorite series Terriers.  The last couple of years have seen some more television work for Logue on the period drama Copper, and in a rather dramatic guest turn on Sons of Anarchy.  Logue has dabbled in a little bit of everything, but if this news is true and he presumably takes the offer, it could prove to be the highest-profile move of his career.   Let us know what you think about his potential casting in the comments!

Update: Here’s what Logue himself had to say about the offer rumor via Twitter:

@nerdbastards not true! I wish-would be awesome (but who could top Gary Oldman?) From what I heard, Gotham catches Gordon in his late 20’s

For more on Gotham, here’s what Fox executive Kevin Reilly had to say in a recent interview:

How are you going to position Gotham from a marketing perspective, since it’s a Batman show without Batman?

REILLY:  Batman is in it, as young Bruce Wayne.  This is an origin story.  This is what I love about it.  This is not like some of the things where you’ve bought a franchise, but then you have a bunch of characters no one’s ever heard of, or an offshoot that we make up.  This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, with Detective Gordon before he’s Commissioner Gordon, with the Penguin, with the Riddler, and with the Joker.  All of those characters are going to arc and become who they are.  I’ve read the script.  It’s really good.  It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.  And we will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape.

Can you say how old he is when the show begins?

REILLY:  We’re playing with that with casting now.  He’s a young boy, but my guess would be that he’d be somewhere around 12.