‘Gotham’ to Star Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock

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With all the vigilante action going on in Gotham City, sometimes the Gotham City Police Department can get a little overshadowed. It wasn’t always that way, however, and Fox’s new Batman prequel show Gotham will tell the story of how a rookie detective called Jim Gordon used to solve crimes before his caped friend came along.

Gotham‘s cast has been coming together very quickly, with Ben McKenzie set to play Jim Gordon, Sean Pertwee cast in the role of Alfred Pennyworth and newcomer Robin Lord Taylor cast as a young Oswald Cobbleplot a.k.a. The Penguin. One name that has been in the mix for about a month is Sons of Anarchy star Donal Logue, who was first rumored to be in talks for the lead role, then later rumored to be the leading choice for GCPD Detective Harvey Bullock.

It comes as little surprise, then, that Fox has confirmed Logue will play Bullock, and has offered some details as to which version of the character he will be playing. Bullock was sometimes known as an enemy of both Batman and Jim Gordon in the comics, but in Gotham he will be Jim’s partner and mentor. Described as “rough around the edges,” Bullock still displays a streak of corruption in the sense that he’s willing to bend the rules in order to get results, but at least he does it with “old-school, forceful panache.”

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Gotham will also Zabryna Guevera (Burn Notice) as Captain Sarah Essen, Jim’s boss, and Erin Richards (Merlin) as his wife-to-be, Barbara Kean. That means that most of the series regulars – with the notable exception of the child actor who will play 10 year-old Bruce Wayne - have now been selected, and the frequency which which new cast is being announced suggests that Fox is keen to get Gotham into production as soon as possible.

We already know that Gotham will focus on the criminal origins of some of Batman’s most well-known nemeses, so tell us in the comments which characters you’re hoping will make it into the first season.


We’ll keep you updated on Gotham as the project develops.

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  1. I am stoke to have 3 DC comics show next fall.

    • Yeah 2014 will be AWESOME on the TV front, and also makes the wait less painful on the cinematic side.

    • None of these have been picked up for series yet, so we will have to wait for that. They’ve all been ordered pilots, that’s it.

      • Not true, Gotham was ordered steaight to series. Flash and Constantine were ordered pilots, amd Flash seems likely to go beyond that. I’m not sure if Arrow has been comfirmed for a third season, but it surely will.

  2. Awesome choice. I can’t wait. And I love the Bullock from the animated series.

  3. Maybe look at Edward Nygma, or even a pre-Joker character, as the thug, before the toxic waste drop that creates the Joker.

    • I dunno, I always thought of those characters as being around the same age as Batman himself.

      Maybe a brief mention of “local child genius Edward Nygma wins Gotham spelling bee again” or something like that.

      Maybe the Elliot family look after Bruce when his parents are killed, setting up a future Hush appearance in a movie or show down the road?

  4. Haven’t seen Sons f Anarchy but I’m sure he’ll fit right in.

    Hoping we see a young Roman Sionis with his family being killed eventually late in the series (or during season 2 maybe).

    • Donald Logue is one of the best actors in Sons of Anarchy, and he’ll be perfect as Harvey Bullock. Personally, I’m pretty damn excited for this show now.

  5. Great choice.

  6. If it’s the same writers used in Agents of Shield then we can expect the origins of Bat-Mite extended out for 47 episodes.

    • If only, but I’m guessing you were being clever and referring to young Master Wayne. The show is titled Gotham and Bruce is likely spending a lot of hours in therapy, be curious if they go there.

        • haha, all good. I thought you were calling young Batman Bat-Mite and as his biggest fan I felt I needed to step in.

          I’d say the casting of Gotham is pointing to something different than AOS. AOS=A-Team, it is for a young audience. Gotham could be closer to SEVEN. I guess it depends on the time slot they want filled.

          • you mean SE7EN?

    • Why would it be the same writers as Agents Of SHIELD?

  7. Renee Montoya please!

  8. Of course, who else to play dirty cop! I LOVE this show already!

  9. He’s a good actor, but he’s no Bullock. Unless, he can nail the accent and gruff, and ditch his usual nasally voice. Logue’s voice sounds like a subtle version of Jason Lee’s voice.

  10. And he was in a movie called Comic Book villains :)

  11. I am super psyched for this show. I agree with the comments above that suggested that The Joker and Edward Nigma (and I’d add Harvey Dent, Pamela Isley, and Selena Kyle) are roughly the same age as Bruce Wayne. However, it still leaves a lot of room to explore the early years of Hugo Strange, Jonathan Crane, Victor Fries, Jarvis Tetch, not to mention the history of Arkham Asylum. I have a feeling exploring the Penguin’s history and the various mob bosses will occupy much of the show (which is cool). Just my two cents. Can’t wait for the fall!

  12. Cool

  13. Bryan Cranston for Comissioner Gordon!

  14. I think he will be Joker (though intro of Jack Napier will debunk that). In Ep2 or 3 (sorry can’t remember) a fellow cop calls him a clown. Since then I’ve been trying to spot the signs but am too aware of looking for the hints rather than discovering them. Time will tell.