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Suits and Leather: An Official Look at Fox's 'Gotham'

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | March 26, 2014 | Comments ()


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Fox and Warner Bros have released the official pictures of the primary cast of the upcoming Gotham, AKA The Batmanless Batman, AKA Gotham High. Whaddayou think? Is there sufficient grit? I so want this to be good, but, well, we’ve been burned before. My hopes, though, I think they are up. I mean come on, just look at that bowtie.

Young Master Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee)
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Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue)
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Oswald Cobblepot, The Pre-Penguin Penguin (Robin Taylor)
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Selena Kyle, complete with stategically placed background buildings(Camren Bicondova)
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The Bright-Eyed and Gold Hearted Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie)
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  • Daniel Valentin

    I'm hoping Ben McKenzie gets himself a 'stache by the start of the series, cause it's REALLY distracting to have Jim Gordon without it. Sean Pertwee as Alfred is inspired casting, though, and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock is GODDAMN PERFECT. It's cool to see a pre-Batman Penguin as one of the villains, too.

  • grr arrgh

    I was going to give this a shot anyway because Batman Universe, but holy god does that guy playing penguin look perfect. They haven't done any special effects make up or anything but he just looks like he's gonna turn full penguin in a couple seasons. I'm willing to bet that the rest of the show sucks but he's fantastic.

  • Steve Ward

    The cast looks good, and I'm sure I will watch and probably enjoy this show.

    But am I the only one who can't get past the fact that if any of the Batman villains become their iconic selves, without Batman, so Gordon has interesting crimes to solve... well, that just shits on the whole "Batman creates/inspires his own villains - is he actually making things worse?" dilemma that's a pretty central theme.

    So what is this show? Is there a version of this timeline/premise that doesn't require the show to shy away from some central concept or defining characteristic (unlike the entertaining Arrow, but sadly very much like Shield)?

  • Daniel Valentin

    Well, many of Batman's big villains are mobsters and criminals who were already a threat to the police department even before Batman came along. Black Mask, the Penguin, the Falcone and Maroni families, Deadshot... there's some potential here.

  • BlackRabbit

    It's basically-the cops have to deal with the shit Batman doesn't. I mean, if he's off fighting the Joker and Two-Face takes hostages, what do the cops do? And that being a cop in Gotham must be #3 on the shitty comic book universe job list.

  • Steve Ward

    Isn't the idea here that it's set in Gotham well before Batman exists? Hence the much younger cast and the pre-Penguin, pre-Catwoman versions of those characters. Pretty sure Bruce Wayne's a kid in this.

  • BlackRabbit

    Yes, you're right. I was thinking too much of the "Gotham Central" comic, which was excellent.

  • meadowdancer

    You are asking way too many good questions which Fox obviously did not think through at all.

  • Ben

    So wait i just realised that this is Fox while Arrow and Flash are CW, and apparently none of them are going to tie into Superman vs Batman?

    Get your shit together DC.

  • Jim

    McKenzie's resting face always looks so sad. I get the urge to run up to him and say "Listen, your puppy is up in puppy heaven, in a while we'll get you ANOTHER one if you like."

  • BlackRabbit

    Is it me or does he look a little like he's related to Pertwee? I know he's not, but there's a weird similarity there.

  • Jim

    He's lost the look but back in "The OC" days, he could have passed for Russell Crowe's kid brother.

  • Green Lantern

    Gordon needs a mustache. Period.

    And wouldn't this make Selena noticeably older than Bruce?

    Yeah...I don't think I'm liking this so far.

  • My god does Sean Pertwee look like his father.

  • DataAngel

    Dammit. I'm gonna have to watch this just for Pertwee.

  • JustOP

    Seeing his face is a blast from the past. The only thing I've seen with him is the awful modern Macbeth television thing he did, replete with guns and post-apoc setting yet still using the exact language from the play.

  • BWeaves

    You need to see the first season of Cadfael (when he's young and hot and plays the sheriff), or the current season of Elementary (where he plays a drunk Lestrade).

  • BlackRabbit

    Also see Dog Solders and possibly Wilderness (even though he's not in it as much).

  • Ozioma

    That he does. I almost went "Doctor?" when I saw that pic.

  • Guest

    I know it's a different doctor, but I love this one so much:

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  • BWeaves

    It's the coat.

  • Ben

    The guy they have playing bullock looks like an Aussie commedian Dave Callan and it's weirding me out.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    You know who Donal Logue is, don't you?

  • Ben

    The dude from Vikings? He still is really reminding me of Dave Callan in that photo. And now I'm picturing Bullock with an impossibly deep voice, talking super slow and sarcastically about everything.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    With a bad accent.

  • googergieger

    Pass.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Cat-ear goggles? Those are the buildings in the background.

  • vivkane

    Oh, doy. I was thinking of this picture, which is not at all the one I used.

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