Let’s be honest, season one of Gotham was, to be kind, underwhelming. The show looks good, it’s got a pretty impressive cast, and while some of those actors thrived (Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin for example), others were stuck in a drudgery of one-dimensional characterization and nonsensical plot twists (Erin Richards as Barbara Kean). Hopefully, the writers and directors of Gotham will correct this in the new season, but in the meantime, let’s jam more cast members into the show! The latest addition is no stranger to law and order, and no stranger to dealing with hardened criminals with extreme severity. Beware Gotham City, Vic Mackey – or rather his portrayer Michael Chiklis – is coming to town.
According to TVLine, Chiklis will be coming to Gotham as a new series regular this coming season. He will play Captain Nathaniel Barnes, an ally on the GCPD for Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) because he, unlike the vast majority of the police force, is not going to put up with any more criminality in his city.
According to the producers, 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, 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.”
Say whaaaaaaat?! Of course it should come as no surprise that a character played by Chiklis might go to the dark side, he did it for seven seasons on The Shield as corrupt cop Vic Mackey. It’s also worth noting that Chiklis got his big break playing Police Commissioner Tony Scali in the ABC series The Commish. Chiklis’ resume also includes roles on American Horror Story and No Ordinary Family as well as the movies Eagle Eye and Fantastic Four where he played Ben Grimm/The Thing.
Victoria Cartagena (Rene Montoya), Andrew Stewart-Jones (Crispus Allen), Nick D’Agosto (Harvey Dent), Chris Chalk (Lucius Fox) and Morena Baccarin (Leslie Thompkins) were all promoted to full-time status after Gotham’s season one finale. McKenzie, Taylor, Richards, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova, and Cory Michael Smith all return for season two, meaning that Gotham now has a very busy cast of 14 regulars; 16 if John Doman and Jada Pinkett Smith also return. We’re entering Game of Thrones territory here, people.
Gotham returns Monday September 21 on Fox.