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Fox casts 'Southland's' Ben McKenzie as James Gordon for 'Gotham' TV series

Actor Benjamin McKenzie attends Warner Music Group Hosts Annual Grammy Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel on January 26, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
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According to Cinema Blend on Feb. 8, with Fox ready to bring forth the "Gotham" TV series, "Southland" actor Ben McKenzie has been set to cast for Detective James Gordon. The series is pretty adamant about keeping in line and in focus on the main character that will predicate Gary Oldman's portrayal in the "Dark Knight" films.

Warner Brother's has now announced the news and the story line will entail the origin story for the now Commissioner Gordon. For those familiar with "The Mentalist", Bruno Heller will be set to be executive producer and "Nikita's" Danny Cannon will taking on the executive producer role as well as directing the show.

Considering Oldman has set the bar for the James Gordon character, it appears that McKenzie has some big shoes to fill. That being said, it still hasn't stopped him to express his eagerness to take on such a formidable challenge. The "Southland" actor had this to say as he posted his tweet on Twitter:

"All I can promise is I will do my best not to screw this up. Can't wait to get to work".

The role he'll be portraying will be a more energetic Gordon as he makes his way quickly through the ranks of the Gotham PD. Also, he won't be the only familiar character on the show, as it would seem other villains will link to the origin story. A young Bruce Wayne, which at this point is more in a pre-Batman phase, will bring forth a 10 year old youth to the part.

McKenzie has had previous experience doing a voice over role for Bruce Wayne/Batman in the animated film adaptation "Batman: Year One".

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