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Gotham Gets Its Harvey Bullock

He'll blur the edges as he needs to....

We had a plethora of casting announcements for Gotham yesterday, and it hadn't occurred to me that yes, a pretty crucial character name was not on the list. And a rumor that cropped up a few weeks ago on the internet has been confirmed today.

Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Copper), an actor who has carved a decent career out of being vaguely seedy, sloppy men of uncertain morality, has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock. In Gotham, Bullock will be Detective Gordon's partner and mentor, who "... plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results … and he does it with old-school, forceful panache."

Actually, that pretty much sums up Harvey in the comics, too, though there he is younger than Gordon by a good deal. (My oft-referenced favorite book Batman: Earth-One turns him more villainous, but it looks like Gotham will ignore that.) In comics, the best moments for Bullock were bonding with Jason Todd's Robin, before Crisis on Infinite Earths messed that character up.

Logue fits the bill pretty well, and again makes this significantly more interesting. Is this a riff on the character he played on the cult favorite Terriers? Somebody write in and let me know.

The more it seems Fox focuses on the police in Gotham City, the more we might feel like this is the show originally promised, and less the quiet lifting of Paul Dini and Kevin Smith's idea from Fatman on Batman. We're pretty jazzed that this has a series commitment.

Derek McCaw

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