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GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie on the Threat of Barbara

July 21, 2015 by  
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GOTHAM season 2 will pit Jim Gordon up against, arguably, his most dangerous foe: his ex-fiancée, Barbara.

Earlier in the series, it seemed like Jim and Barbara were set to follow their comics counterparts: marriage, and perhaps a child. (And likely a divorce.) But with Barbara snapping after her encounter with the Ogre at the end of season 1 — and her subsequent murder of her parents, plus attack on Jim’s new girlfriend, Leslie — the show has firmly deviated from the comics.

“He will deal with her gingerly, with great care,” GOTHAM star Ben McKenzie (Jim) told reporters at Comic-Con. “She’s the closest person [to him] that has gone full-on bad guy…and that doesn’t go away; she doesn’t get less crazy as we go into season 2….[and] when she is that personally invested in destroying him, specifically, and knows him better than anyone, what is she willing to do to get what she wants? Having a psycho ex-girlfriend is scary.”

Check out what else McKenzie told reporters…

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GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie Teases Scarecrow, Assesses the Impact of the Villains on Gordon

January 30, 2015 by  
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GOTHAM has already introduced a good number of characters from the BATMAN universe, and starting on Monday, February 2nd (and continuing on Monday, February 9th), the origins of Scarecrow will start to unravel.

Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) teased a little bit of what to expect from “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” and “The Scarecrow,” and assessed the impact all of these villains are having on Jim…

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GOTHAM’s Ben McKenzie: ‘The New Jim is Not Above Using People Like Penguin to Get What He Wants’

January 23, 2015 by  
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GOTHAM’s Jim Gordon is approaching the world as a new man.

Originally, Jim thought he could clean up the streets of Gotham while keeping his nose clean. But after multiple professional blows (and his personal life falling apart after his fiancee, Barbara, left him), Jim is at the point where he’s aware he may have to cross some lines in order to properly do his job. And that shift will become apparent in the wake of the Fish/Falcone war.

“Jim knows enough not to get too involved in the turf war…that being said, he has a relationship with Penguin from the beginning of the show that’s complicated and contentious, but useful,” Ben McKenzie (Jim) explains in the video interview below. “So he will use Penguin for the things Penguin can be good at: influence people, getting information, coercing information out of people. And for Penguin, on his side, he flatters himself that Jim is his friend. So it’s a really fun, bizarre, dynamic between the two of them.”

And, McKenzie warns, “the new Jim is not above using people like Penguin to get what he wants.”

Check out more from McKenzie, including his take on the fractured Barbara/Jim relationship, the “powerful” connection with Dr. Thompkins, and more…

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GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie on the Waynes’ Murder Investigation, Jim’s Relationship with Selina Kyle, and More

September 26, 2014 by  
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GOTHAM viewers got their first taste of Jim Gordon in the pilot, and the man has bitten off quite possibly more than he can chew: Gordon promised Bruce Wayne that he’d find out who killed the young man’s parents.

But there is one person who saw what went down with the Waynes’ murder: Selina Kyle.

I spoke with GOTHAM star Ben McKenzie about Jim’s relationship with Selina, the weight of his promise to Bruce, doing those action scenes, and more…

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