5 Actors Who Could Play ‘Gotham’s Jim Gordon

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Gotham TV Show Jim Gordon ActorsIf there is a single unsung hero of the Batman universe, it is undoubtedly James Gordon, and diehard fans know that his starring role in Fox's upcoming Gotham TV series is long overdue.Set long before the Dark Knight's rise to infamy, when Bruce Wayne was just a young boy (and apparent co-star?) the show is set to follow Gordon's rise through the ranks, and his encounters with classic Batman villains along the way. But to guarantee the show's success with both comic fans and casual channel surfers, Fox will need to choose the right leading man.The first rumored actor has denied landing the part, so in the meantime, we present our list of 5 Actors Who Could Play Gotham's Jim Gordon.

Ryan Hurst

Gotham Jim Gordon Actors Ryan HurstAny fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that few actors have managed to tug the heartstrings in the midst of violence and crime like Ryan Hurst, most well known for his role of 'Opie' on the biker drama. But with Hurst's schedule wide open (his run on Sons now over, and his follow-up project King & Maxwell cancelled) there's no better time for him to finally get the attention and starring role he deserves.With the stature of a grizzly, but the personality of a family man, it wouldn't be a stretch to see Hurst portraying a cop who could come to trust Bruce Wayne's fight against corruption, but still manage to survive the ranks of dirty cops until Batman's arrival.

Shawn Hatosy

Gotham Jim Gordon Actors Shawn HatosyFalling squarely into the 'face, not a name' category for casual film and TV audiences, Shawn Hatosy's career has taken some interesting turns over the past few years. Once typecast as smart-mouthed or cocky, more nuanced and offbeat roles came to the actor as the years progressed.Dexter fans will remember Hatosy (with the Gordon mustache already in place) as 'Boyd Fowler,' a sanitation officer with an uncanny knack for forensic investigation. Since then, Hatosy has been promoted to detective on Southland, a cop drama that hopped from NBC to TNT when it was deemed "too dark" for the network. With undisputed experience and little baggage for mass audiences, Hatosy could bring an interesting dimension to a traditionally understated character.

Richard Madden

Gotham Jim Gordon Actors Richard MaddenWith his run on HBO's Game of Thrones skyrocketing Richard Madden into the stratosphere of Comic-Con celebrity, many wondered what doors would be opened for the actor. But at present, Madden's schedule isn't quite as full as many might think, with the star-studded Discovery Channel miniseries Klondike the next to be released.With the right look, the right age, and undeniable acting chops (good enough to stand out in a talented ensemble cast), a jump from premium TV to a starring series role wouldn't shock us. If Fox is aiming high for Gotham in terms of story and production values- as they have with Karl Urban heading up Fox's other cop drama - then Madden's skill and recognition would help launch the series with momentum.

Sam Claflin

Gotham Jim Gordon Actors Sam ClaflinIt's difficult to tell exactly how young a take on James Gordon Fox is aiming for, as rumored frontrunner Donal Logue (47) denied the part, stating his belief that the network was looking for someone under 30. Either way, if Gotham is going to be set around a young actor, we'd throw Sam Claflin's name into the ring without hesitation.With stand out performances in both Snow White & the Huntsman and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Claflin's time in the spotlight is certainly approaching. The fact that Claflin managed to prove skeptics wrong when cast as Catching Fire's 'Finnick Odair' would serve him well with a role like Gordon, while his screen presence, charm, and looks would make him appealing to both diehard comic fans and younger audiences.

Michael Rosenbaum

Gotham Jim Gordon Actors Michael RosenbaumAfter the lengthy debate of Rosenbaum's skills, looks, and head shape on the latest SR Underground Podcast, there is no way we could leave him off a casting shortlist. Honestly, given his performance as Smallville's 'Lex Luthor' (not to mention the horde of DC fans he now carries with him wherever he goes), and his regular voice acting jobs for WB animation, it's hard to believe he hasn't been attached to a comic book property already.All jokes aside, Fox will do everything possible to give Gotham a promising start - a task made difficult by the absence of Batman. If the viewers who even know Michael Rosenbaum are the same ones willing to give Gotham a shot, why not build interest and enthusiasm by casting a fan favorite?


Gotham TV Young Gordon Actors ListThat concludes our list of actors that we feel could bring all the necessary skills to a younger Gordon, and with schedules that make them possible (even if we too would love to see Homeland's Damian Lewis make the leap to Gotham City). With details on the show's direction, tone, budget and connections to the larger Warner Bros. universe still unclear, only time will tell how close our predictions have come.What's your take on the casting? Will the leading man have a large impact on whether or not you'll be tuning in, or is Gotham the star in your eyes? Leave your thoughts in the comments.We'll keep you up to date on all news surrounding Fox's Gotham.Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Inspired choices, Dice! I like the Michael Rosenbaum angle, but I have to say as a huge fan of GoT, I would love to see Richard Madden hired as Gordon. I know he would knock it out of the park. Tom Mison would have been perfect if Sleepy Hollow hadn’t taken off the way it did.

    • I agree with you 100%. I think it would be a shame to pass on Richard Madden. Hist performance is superb in Game of Thrones and he is definetely got the attention of Comic-Con and fans worldwide. I think it would be interesting to take him out of the mid-evil vibe and into the DC universe would be interesting to see and I think he out of the above choices is the best fit. However I must say whoever they are circling for Old James Gordon, I think they need to keep looking. Donald Sutherland could be a good take, but possibly to old, with all do respect.

      • News Flash!!! The guy can’t do it. I remember seeing him get killed at a wedding.

  2. Shawn Hatosy in that pic looks like Gary Oldmans son damn haha

  3. Come on guys, it has to be Idris Elba ;) But in all seriousness I could really see Richard Madden as a young Commissioner Gordon. If this were an older more familiar Gordon, I could also see the dude who plays Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones in the role. He’d be great.

    • LOL

      There should be a Batman movie where everyone in it is Idris Elba.

      While I like him, I do not want him to play EVERY single black hero role. There are other black actors out there, come on people!!!

    • Idris Elba is going to be Alfred ;)

  4. I like the Shawn Hatosy choice. He is a good actor and looks the part perfectly. He also has played an officer before, which isnt really important…..except to make my argument, so there you go.

  5. I’d like to see Ben Foster

  6. Come on people this is not a matter of “Is Richard right for Gotham?” is more like “Is Gotham right for Richard?”. The latest news is that Gotham is NOT part of the DCCU so if I were Richard’s manager I would advise him to try for a big CBM role first and only keep on TV as a last resource.

  7. Michael Imperioli, Joel Kinnaman, Martin Freeman and I agree too with Damian Lewis

  8. Idris Elba would be a great choice too :-)

    • Increasing sarcasm to 90%…

      He should play every role in the series (even the extras), including a young Bruce Wayne.

  9. Sam Claflin

    • Would be great as Nightwing.

  10. I disagree with all of these except for Richard Madden, seriously…what?

  11. Jason Clarke would’ve been perfect a few years ago before he started getting cast in all these movie roles. Great list Dyce really had a tough time coming up with a list of my own we’ve never really seen a “young Jim Gordon” before.

    • Thanks! Yeah, definitely hard to pin it down, so tried to think of younger actors who I could see growing into the quiet, rundown, but still steadfast Gordon we all know and love (from the cartoon, obviously).

  12. if it were a middle aged guy I would go for Ewan McGregor. that’s my choice

  13. Ryan Hurst would do great as Gordon actually. Shawn Hatosy would be excellent as Gordon in a one-off or short but maybe not as a series regular. Richard Madden would be amazing but I’d like to see him as Daredevil in the Netflix series. Great list Dice! You should write one for the upcoming Defenders!

  14. James Badge Dale
    Keifer Sutherland
    Paul Blackthorne
    Tom Jane
    Clive Owen
    Nicholas Cage

  15. If this Gotham series were to be perceived as a prequel of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Shawn Hatosy hands down, but sadly it is not. The best choice from the candidates given seems to be Richard Madden, but I believe Bryan Cranston or Richard Armitage deserve the role more than those proposed.

    • Bryan Cranston would knock the role out of the park, but I would much rather save him for the movie-verse version of Gordon. With Ben Affleck as Batman we are likely to get solo Batman flicks directed by him, and Cranston worked with Affleck on Argo. In terms of the show, Ryan Hurst or Richard Madden. Ryan Hurst also looks like someone who could play Flass as well.

      • Yeah, I think the older actors I’ve seen mentioned would all be strong contenders for the movies, but this one has to be younger.

        Hurst for Flass, maybe even the role Donal Logue was rumored for.

  16. Of all the choices. I think that the most Gordon of all the choices, doing the brown overcoat, shirt and tie, glasses, mustahce and all….would be Hurst. Plus he has the deep gravely voice that would just be Gordon all over

  17. What about Garry oldman he was awesome in the dark knight trilogy fox would be crazy not to at least ask him even if the series and tdk ere set in different realities

  18. Why not make it a female lead? Lucy Liu as detective Jamie Gordon! Add in the black sidekick and you’ve got yourself a tv-show.

  19. Good list. My favorite out of your group is Ryan Hurst. I think Taylor Kitsch would work well. Sure he ruined a few movies, but he did a great job on Friday Night lights. And his acting, well it’s quite wooden…just like James Gordon.

    • I’d watch Kitsch in the role. He’s stronger in ensembles, which is what this show sounds like it’ll be.

  20. Rare choices; just not sure any of these actors have the star power to carry a show or the draw to attract an audience outside the comic book community.

    Is Fox airing a production paid for by WB or are they bankrolling the entire series?

    • I believe they pay WB for the rights, Fox pays for the show. Then WB can sell distribution rights overseas as well.

  21. I have to say Richard Madden would be pretty badass.

  22. Are they going to include Harvey Bullock? I always liked that guy on the animated series. I also hope that he’s similar to the James Gordon we saw in Batman: Year One, that dude was a bad*ss!

  23. Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad will be perfect!!!!! hes bad ass and he looks like Gordon in Season 1 of breaking bad….