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Gotham’s Donal Logue talks setting and conflict

February 19th, 2014 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

It was just last week that Donal Logue had officially been cast as Harvey Bullock in Fox’s upcoming Batman-inspired TV series, Gotham. With production on the pilot still a few weeks away, the details on the series are still a under wraps, but speaking with Nerd Repository, Logue shared some new info about the series.

Logue revealed that he’s hoping to turn Bullock into a fully realized character:

“My kids watched the animated series and I remember listening to it over the speaker on road trips up to Oregon, I would hear it. It’s that tricky thing where I’m not that guy, I don’t look visually like the guy even in the cartoon. Then there’s that weird thing where I don’t want to take someone’s choice from the cartoon and match it. I want to create a character, no different from Lee Toric in Sons of Anarchy or King Horik [from History’s Vikings] or Hank Dolworth in Terriers. They’re all uniquely different scenarios and I don’t want to feel forced to do an impersonation of something else, which is a difficult thing to keep up over the course of a longer series. So we’ll have those talks.”

Logue also teased the setting for the series:

“What I do love about ‘Gotham,’ that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring ’20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around. It has this anachronistic element to it where it feels like it’s either New York in the ’70s, or it kind of exists independently of time and space in a way, and you can dip into all of these different genres. So I’m excited by it…..There were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it’s certainly not the ’50s and the ’60s. No one’s making a joke about how “there’s no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.” There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But it’s not high tech and it’s not futuristic, by any means.

He also touched on the conflicts that will be at the core of the series, which will also involve his partner who he is mentoring Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie):

“There’s kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who’s like ‘No, I have a much more black and white view, I’m not into this notion of moral relativism. There’s right and there’s wrong.’….And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that’s this arbitrary thing where it’s like “the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that’s the law.” And that’s the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show.”

The cast also includes Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Sean Pertwee asAlfred Pennyworth,  Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancee, Barbara Kean, and Zabryna Guevara as Gordon’s boss at the GCPD, Captain Essen.

Under development from Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham will focus on a young Gordon as a detective in Gotham City in the years before Bruce Wayne puts on the Batman cape and cowl.  The show will also include a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne as a character, plus appearances from classic Batman rogues including The Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler.

The pilot episode will be directed by Danny Cannon.

Source: Nerd Repository


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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool

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