Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie on the Set of “Gotham”

Posted on March 21, 2014

This looks like fun.


Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock and Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, on the set of “Gotham” in New York City.


Seventies-style cop realness in some sort of pre-Batman Gotham City setting. With these two as the leads. Yeah, we’ll be DVRing that one. Donal raises the quality of practically anything he’s in and Ben’s easy on the eyes. Plus it looks to be pushing our nerd and style buttons at the same time.  We will be very sad if this turns out lame. We don’t think we can handle the pain of another Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -style disappointment.

And don’t come at us with talk about how AoS is improving. It is not. Hmmph.




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  • Glam Dixie

    Is this a movie or a tv show? I just might watch if it is the latter.

    • Supernumerary

      TV show.

    • Chris

      It’s a TV show being done by Bruno Heller who did Rome on HBO and does the Mentalist on CBS I believe.

  • RussellH88

    Donal Logue gets all my love for Terriers and I’m a huge Batman nerd so I’ll probably give this a watch.

    Batman Returns was actually the first movie I saw in theaters, I was maybe 3-4 at the time.

    • Sarah

      Michael Keaton was a surprisingly good Batman, considering the part was heartily atypical for him.

      • RussellH88

        Yeah, he was, but I had to realize that when I was much older.

        Because when I was a little kid, I was all about Catwoman. That’s who I really cared about. The Joker and Catwoman.

        • They’re the best. I’m not a huge Nolan/Batman fan, since he didn’t combine them (loved seeing Catwoman interact with Joker in comics and the 90’s cartoon!), and he kinda sucks the humor out of the character, and just made him terrifying.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      My goodness you are a young-un! Batman Returns is my favorite of the Batman movies. Michelle Pfeiffer was, in fact, All That. I loved Tim Burton’s vision.

      I don’t exactly remember my first movie in a theater. I believe it was Jungle Book (and I think I had a crush on Baloo even back then), but I remember Star Wars the day it came out. You have no idea.

      My first NC-17 movie was The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover with Helen Mirren. She’s been sexy longer than I’ve been alive.

    • Donal Logue is the brother of my son’s grade school teacher, Miss Logue (of course)! He spoke at graduation ceremonies a couple of times and said son reported he was awesome. 😀

  • Supernumerary

    I want to be excited about this, especially since Angela Bassett is slated to play a mob boss. (I KNOW.) I’m going in with tentatively lowered expectations, though; WB/DC does better television than Marvel to date, but that’s still not saying much.

    Still. Nice costuming so far, and interesting people. Fingers are crossed!

    • RussellH88

      The WB/DC universe is in such a weird mess that I wonder how it’s all supposed to work.

      For example, Harley Quinn is apparently going to be on Arrow, so does this mean that Gotham and Arrow to linked? Marvel did a pretty good job of keeping a fairly consistent universe, but DC is all over the place.

      • Supernumerary

        Are we sure that Harley’s actually going to be on Arrow, or was that just a one-off, an in-joke for the fans? I quit watching Arrow earlier this season, but a quick view of that scene left me unsure either way.

        Gotham is almost 100% guaranteed to be self-contained. I’m of the opinion that WB/DC does animation very well, and anything else is a mediocre job at best. Agents of SHIELD is a hot mess, mind, but in every other aspect Marvel has demonstrated pretty sexy planning abilities. WB/DC, not so much. They just seem to be throwing things at the wall in hope *something* sticks.

        • RussellH88

          I’m not sure, but they’re bringing in the Suicide Squad on Arrow (I don’t watch this, but I’ve been kinda interested since I heard that Harley may be on), and Harley is part of the Suicide Squad.

          Considering how popular she is, I’d be surprised if they don’t bring her onto the show.

          • Sarah

            The games have upped her exposure for sure.

          • RussellH88

            It’s crazy to think that she was an original creation of the animated series, because she’s gone on to become such a fixture in the DC universe.

          • Supernumerary

            I’ve been watching the Suicide Squad plot via sites like io9, and it looks great. Nothing about Harley until that tidbit during the most recent episode, but gosh I do hope they include her. Although I wonder who’d wind up playing the character.

        • Sarah

          Yeah, the DC cartoon movies are fun, but I haven’t really been too far on board with their other projects. Of course, I don’t have the same understanding of their world as I do Marvel, just by choice, but I wonder if that’s a little bit their own fault for being less cohesive.

          • Supernumerary

            A little, I’d say. Marvel has its own problems, of course — properties being handled by Fox and Sony probably being the largest issue at hand — but overall, they’ve really worked at building something which can interlock.

            DC just never seems to have bothered. Part of that, IMO, is that they’ve spent so many years — decades, really — tooling around with rebooting the same couple of things over and again, rather than really strategizing. They just come across as desperate and shattershot when set beside Marvel and its ‘phases’. Rather than planning ahead or building out their universe piece by part, it’s just a matter of them cramming as many characters into a single movie as they conceivably can. At this point I don’t take their movies seriously, and their TV series are just the things I watch when I’m folding laundry. (In their defense, I’ve already given up on Agents of SHIELD.)

          • Sarah

            You’ve explained it very well, I think. I managed about two episodes of AoS before I was too disgusted to soldier on. My fiancé is a Marvel Scholar, practically, and between the campiness (which was a turnoff for me – I like my Marvel Universe gritty and as realistic as a universe can be under the circumstances) and the constant eye rolling and snorts and mutters of disgust from the other end of the couch, it was pretty clear we should delete the DVR timer.

          • Supernumerary

            I think I may be you and your fiancé combined. It was a rough show. Supposedly the last few episodes have seen it improve exponentially, but I personally can’t bring myself to try again for so much camp (give me grit and fantastical reality any day!) and such an unlikable cast. The interweb’s been reporting that the new Captain America movie is supposed to have a huge effect on AoS, but, well… it’s just so bad. I’m not sure how readily it could be recovered, really.

          • CelandineM

            I think the only good thing about AoS is Ming-Na. She’s 50! 50! I wish I looked that good when I was half that age.

          • Qitkat

            50! I remember her on ATWT, and tried to watch AoS only because of her, even though it is not my thing. But I couldn’t get interested in it, maybe because I had no understanding of Marvel Universe.

          • kerryev

            I have never used this expression before, but she is everything.

  • Sarah

    I was also highly disappointed by AoS, so we’ll see if this one is better. I WANT it to be, and I think it is a cool premise, maybe?

  • I don’t really see how this will work. Surely pre-Batman Gotham was completely in the shit and the cops were either corrupt or hopeless? So unless our sympathies are with the devils, constant grinding down the cops isn’t going to be fun.

    (and AoS is improving *sticks tongue out at Tom*)

    • RussellH88

      I think Batman is supposed to be in this as a child, and from what I remember, the death of the Waynes is what really triggered the downfall of Gotham. So, I think this story could be about that process of Gotham falling into the state in which Batman finds it.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I’m with you re: AoS.

  • MilaXX

    Donal amazes me in his ability to keep a job. Keeping my fingers crossed for Gotham.

  • Anna

    Damn, Ryan Atwood is all grown up and lookin’ fine…”Welcome to Gotham, bitch.”

    • Lucinda Head

      Lawd, that is fine costuming. Loooove the blue.

  • @Biting Panda

    Oh yes, let’s have more of this. Ben has played a cop before, so he should have a good handle on things and Donal is amazing. His brief turn on SoA was so good, we were all sad to see him go.

  • Janet B

    Can’t explain my love for Ben McKenzie

  • Catiline

    Donal effin’ Logue!!! This is a treat!

  • Holy shit, first gorgeous man-bun bearded Jake and now Ben in the rain. Day. Made.

  • Danielle

    Man, Donal is looking OLD.

    • MilaXX

      It’s because he doesn’t dye his facial hair. If he shaved it would knock 10 years off him.

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s fine with me. I’ve never thought he was good looking. Just very, very appealing.

      • Charlotte Sanders

        Exactly… He will always be everything because of the “Tao of Steve” Great movie and he is so sexy in it, with a beer gut!! “the way to attract a woman: Show no desire, be excellent in her presence…”

  • kirkyo

    I love both these guys but Donal looks like he’s pushing 60, not 50. I guess it could be attributed to standing next to the most handsome man in show biz.

    • Sarah

      Aw. He’s not THAT rough. He just looks wet, and tired. And very Irish.

  • Slightly related shout to T-Lo and sci-fi/fantasy nerds alike: ever watch the BBC (not the US) version of ‘Life on Mars’? So good. Humor, cool moods, music, costumes, great acting, touching… Really hits that nerve of funny-scary-moving….mystery. Your description of this Gotham show reminded me of of ‘Mars’, and I think you’d enjoy!

    • MilaXX

      The BBC version was really good.

      • jabes

        Can’t get much better than John Simm, that’s for sure.

  • NMMagpie

    Donal Logue: He’s EVERYWHERE. SVU, Vikings, and now this.

  • Mismarker

    I prefer my Donal Logue in Vikings drag.

    • Supernumerary

      Oh my gosh. I didn’t even make that connection. KING HORIK. Yes, yes always.

  • Laura Poehlman

    Gaaaah. Donal here is sublime. SUBLIME.

  • random_poster

    Seventies-style cop realness…Yup! I immediately thought of Streets of San Francisco.

  • Tanya Wade

    I actually watched Law and Order SUV last week and Donal was on it and giving Irish Mobster Realness so hard I thought I was going to become spontaneously pregnant. Plus, it takes a lot to get me to sit through an episode of The Dummy Squad. The black leather gloves in these shots are giving me flashbacks. And the fedora. Oh laws, fanning self…..

    • MilaXX

      Irish Mobster realness is his stock and trade. He’s played variation of it on Vikings & Copper. I’m not sure if he was supposed to be Irish on Terriers.

    • kerryev

      I was so ready to stop watching That Show and then he comes in and saves the episode that should have been my happy exit. I legitimately like the story-of-the-week garbage and am fed up with them making the detectives, preferably in peril, the focus of most episodes.

  • jw_ny

    idk..nothing about these pics is peaking my interest…looks like every other cop show out there. I’m not familiar with Donal, but Ben is rather cute. Maybe I’ll give it a look see…or wait for the reviews. 😉

  • MarissaLG

    Donal Logue is so talented & great in everything. It’s kind of strange why he’s not an A-List star. (Maybe he should get T.Lo’s new book!)

  • Jacob Bowen

    I have ZERO reference for Ben McKenzie, so for now he will just be referenced as “that hot actor”.

    • demidaemon

      I’m pretty much with you on that. I am seriously out of the loop unless they are on this blog and someone tells me who they are.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Seeing as I watch SO MANY tv shows I am normally not amiss on television actors, but they have to be from shows 2008-present

        • demidaemon

          I tend to see them more as the character they play, and I have to admit I don’t get into as many new series as I once did. So it’s helpful to have people here explicate who these people are.

    • twocee

      Starred in the OC (Fox) and then on Southland (NBC and then TNT(?)).

      I think he was also in Juno, but i could be getting my indie-darling flicks confused.

      • Laura Abrahamsen

        I think it was Junebug, with Amy Adams.

  • formerlyAnon

    Ya know all that charisma Ryan Reynolds is missing? I think Mr. Logue has it. More than his fair share, anyway, even if he’s not stealing it from others. McKenzie is finally getting old enough to pass out of generic cute to attractive (per my personal tastes.)

  • Shawn EH

    Lady Sif improves everything!

  • ChelseaNH

    With AoS, it’s like they’ve gotten better at applying their badly-chosen makeup and doing their badly-chosen hairstyles, and they’re wearing badly-chosen outfits from bigger name designers. They’re just much sleeker in executing the same old stupidity. This looks like it might possibly be written by someone who understands police work.

  • Paula Pertile

    Love Donal Logue. Am I the only one who liked him in Copper?

    • kerryev

      He was probably the best part of Copper, and that is not a dis. There was a lot right with that show but the plot mistakenly hung everything on a male lead character (and actor) that just didn’t seem to deserve all of that loyalty from the truly fascinating supporting characters (much better actors).

  • titaness25

    It is sooooo, so nyaaaaaaaah.

    Although I spent a few minutes bawling at the screen when they sent the dude agent to trap a villainess whose big power was ensorcelling DUDES when they had a lady agent who kicks everybody’s ass…but minor quibble.

    It is so. So there.

  • appliquer

    Donal Logue was awesome in Terriers.

  • Everything needs more Donal. The Tao of Steve is strong.

    • Charlotte Sanders

      Lovely, someone else has seen that! He is everything in that movie

  • berkeleygirl

    If you’ve seen the late, lamented Southland, you know that McKenzie is much more than a cute face. You’re so right about Donal Logue – one of the most under-appreciated actors around.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Mmmmmm. Donal Logue. He’s on VIKING right now with long hair and a full beard– yet another reason to tune in.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I must look into this Viking thing that everyone keeps mentioning… Sounds like I am really missing out.

  • BlairBear

    hey they live in a world where Kim K doesn’t exist and isn’t gazing vacantly from a cover of vogue with presumptive hubby number 3

  • judybrowni

    So…in digital land I guess the raindrops are rectangular. Good to know.

  • LittleKarnak

    No, it is NOT!!!! So disappointed…..

  • andi56

    Donal Logue is great; my favorite role of his, though, goes way back: “The Tao of Steve.” Priceless. : )

  • MartyBellerMask

    Donal Logue! Old time favie of mine, and someone I never really expected to see on this blog. Well, I think I’ll be checking out this show. Thanks, T & Lo!

  • EaglesBecomeVultures

    Loving the production design