Michael Chiklis to Join the GCPD in ‘Gotham’

There is a new captain in town, and it is Michael Chiklis.

Gotham has cast Chiklis as newcomer Captain Nathaniel Barnes. The character is was made only for the television series; there is no reference of him in comics.

According to 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 (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.”

This certainly seems like an interesting twist to the police department story line.Gotham could have served well focusing on just the police aspect of Gotham City. Chiklis is a series regular, so there could be more emphasis on the police in season 2.

Chiklis is best known for his starring role on The Shield. He is also no stranger to comic book adaptations; Chiklis played Ben Grimm in Fantastic Four (2005) andFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

Gotham returns to FOX on September 21st.

Source: TV Line