Gotham's Detective James Gordon Revealed — First Look at Ben McKenzie in Action

No mustache? No problem! Fox on Wednesday released the first image of Ben McKenzie as Gotham‘s Detective James Gordon, and even though he’s missing James’ iconic facial hair, he still looks ready to bust some baddies.

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Plus, keep in mind: Gotham is a prequel. There’s plenty of time to explore the complicated backstory of James’ mustache, so don’t fret.

James marks the fifth Gotham character we’ve laid our eyes on, following Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), young Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor).

Check out the full first photo of McKenzie below, then drop a comment: Have your expectations been met?

Gotham James Gordon

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  1. alistaircrane says:

    Lookin’ good! And mustaches are ugly anyway (my apologies to those who have one).

  2. Maki says:

    Looks good. Ben isn’t the youngest anymore but still looking well. This is on my fall watch list for sure

  3. Alan says:

    hello generic looking cop in a suit. at least give him the glasses if you arent going to go with the trademark mustache, make him look a bit like the character because right now if i didnt know this was for gotham i would have no idea what show this was.

    • Jon says:

      Indeed, this picture is so generic looking you’d think it’s from one of CBS’s procedural shows.

      • Alan says:

        “one of CBS’s procedural shows”, this is exactly what ive been thinking about this show so far, i know its on fox but so far it seems like it would fit nicely in there or on whatever network airs law and order because this is basically going to be law and order gotham in my opinion.

        • Jon says:

          Law & Order: Gotham. Now how would that opening monologue go?

          • “In the Criminal Justice System of Gotham City the people are represented by three separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime, the District Attorneys who prosecute the offenders, and the Goddamn Batman. These are their stories.”

          • Alan says:

            then in a very quiet voice: “but dont expect the batman to show up anytime soon because we are only using his name to sell the show, we know you will watch anything with it slapped on”.

          • That’s relative given that his name is not in the title, heh.

    • Gordon had neither glasses nor mustache in the original show from the 60’s and yet he’s still visually iconic in his own right.

  4. Giana says:

    So glad Ben McKenzie will be back on TV! (The Southland cancel still hurts though!)

  5. Lo says:

    Soooo much YES for Ben, hopefully this will help fill the hole in my heart that Southland left

  6. canadian ninja says:

    It’s Kid Chino!!!

  7. TinLV says:

    He looks GOOD. And the glasses and mustache can come later, as the character ages both due to time and the stress of the job. Sigh….. still miss Southland, though… .

  8. christine says:

    He looks like a proper grown man. I like it.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Ben looks good in photo as James Gordon. He’s gonna do great on show like he did on Southland. Excited to see show and trailer as well.

  10. I’m sure he’ll grow the mustache in season two.

  11. jrex says:

    Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in “action”? Looks good though.

  12. Luke says:

    Welcome to Gotham, bitch!

  13. swedes says:

    As long as Ben’s back on TV, it’s all good. These character images are a strange combo of sketch and distressed pic which doesn’t make for the best shot, but I guess it’s all for the show’s look. Here’s to great things from and for Ben!

  14. Ruh says:

    Shuld have stubble … For now

  15. darkyami27 says:

    I hope they put some focus on his alcoholism and him cheating on his wife. If they do this right, Gordon can be a complex character.

  16. Ryan says:

    This is so awesome. I was a huge OC follower and I loved Ben’s work on there.

  17. Will says:

    “Welcome to the GC B*tch!”
    (OC reference/quote for the Mods or anyone else offended.. GC being Gotham City obvi)