Newswire: Michael Chiklis joins Gotham

Michael Chiklis, no stranger to roles as police officers and super-powered individuals, may have finally found a job that combines those skills into a single, slightly incoherent whole. Chiklis has signed on as a regular on Gotham, Fox’s baby-Batman prequel, which continues to promise audiences that it’ll one day work out whether it’s a cop show, or a superhero show, or possibly even a Batman show, although the latter outcome seems very unlikely at present.

Chiklis will play police captain Nathaniel Barnes, an original character to the show, who “lands on the Gotham City Police Department like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of the city’s police force.” Besides all that metaphorical lumber-savaging, the “law-and-order zealot” Barnes becomes an ally and mentor to Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon, while also earning himself some sort of powerful enemy. (FEMA, maybe, looking to clear up the …

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