Southland and The OC alum Ben McKenzie is to topline Fox’s upcoming Batman origins pilot Gotham, TVWise has learned.
McKenzie will play a young Detective Gordon in the project from The Mentalist creator/showrunner Bruno Heller, which landed a Fox with a series commitment back in September 2013.
Penned by Heller, Gotham follows Gordon’s story when he is still working as a detective, many years before he becomes commissioner and meets Batman. Fox topper Kevin Reilly also recently revealed that the series would feature other prominent characters from the Batman universe including The Joker and a Young Batman. Warner Bros. Television is producing, with Heller serving as the executive producer. Danny Cannon is attached to direct.