Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) needs some help. Gotham certainly has villains aplenty. There’s Joker (Cameron Monaghan) and baby Scarecrow (Charlie Tahan from Wayward Pines), fledgling Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), full-on psycho Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and the Dollmaker (Colm Feore). And even with the loss of Don Maroni (David Zayas), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), and The Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia), we now know that Theo Galavan, in the form of James Frain and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas as future Tigress), are headed to Gotham. Who can a good-yet-starting-to make-questionable-choices detective turn to when his morally skewed, yet good-hearted partner (Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock) just isn’t enough?
To Michael Chiklis of course!
Chiklis, best known for playing Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield for 7 seasons, will be donning a badge again as Captain Nathaniel Barnes, a mentor for Gordon, one he can lean on in this tough city. He will be a series regular.
Gotham’s producers had this to say:
“Captain Nathaniel Barnes lands on the GCPD like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism. Captain Barnes proves himself to be a strong ally to Gordon… but one day he will make an equally powerful enemy.”
[Source: TV Line]
Although that quote holds the promise of a future nemesis for Gordon, at least he will have someone on his side for what promises to be a very evil season.
Gotham season 2 premieres Monday, September 21st at 8pm ET on FOX.
Ben McKenzie welcoming Chiklis to Gotham: