UPDATED 1/14/2014 10:30 PM PT: Shortly after the rumor Donal Logue has been offered the lead role in “Gotham” first surfaced, the actor denied it on Twitter — and stated that producers may be looking for a different age range of actor.
Responding to an inquiry from the website “Nerd Bastards,” Logue wrote, “not true! I wish-would be awesome (but who could top Gary Oldman?) From what I heard, Gotham catches Gordon in his late 20’s”
It’s already been a busy 2014 for casting rumors surrounding comic book-based movies and TV shows, and on Tuesday night Latino Review offered up an unsourced report stating TV veteran Donal Logue has been offered the lead role on currently in-development Fox series “Gotham.” Logue would play long-running DC Comics supporting character James Gordon, with the series starting in his pre-commissioner days. Fox has not yet made any official casting announcements for the show.
Latino Review’s article also says “Gotham” “has been ordered to series” — the project was originally picked up in September by Fox with a “series commitment” (described at the time by Variety as “not quite an on-air order but a hefty down payment”), and Deadline reported on Monday that Fox has “full intention to go to series.”
Gordon, like Batman, first appeared in 1939’s “Detective Comics” #27. The character has been portrayed multiple times in live action, most recently by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.
Logue has a number of past TV credits, including the lead of “Terriers” and recent major roles in “Sons of Anarchy,” “Copper” and “Vikings.” He also has comic book movie experience, appearing in 1998’s “Blade,” 2003’s “American Splendor” and 2007’s “Ghost Rider.”
“Gotham” is set to focus on James Gordon as a detective in the Gotham City Police Department, with the show also including 12-year-old Bruce Wayne as a character, plus appearances from high-profile Bat-villains including The Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler.