August 19, 2019

Playing Bullock no mystery to Logue on ‘Gotham’

“Gotham” is set in an era before Bruce Wayne is old enough to drive — let alone fight crime in a cape and cowl. That hasn’t stopped the creators from peppering the Fox series with the creeps and characters from Batman mythology.

Robin Lord Taylor has already established himself as the breakout performer with his portrayal of the Penguin. Other familiar faces from the comic books include those who will become Catwoman, Poison Ivy and The Riddler.

The creators didn’t stop there. Many of the other characters in the television cop drama come from deep within the comic books. That includes Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue.

In the TV series, Bullock was a good cop who has grown tired and accepted the corruption that plagues the Gotham City Police Department. In the comics, he was a big part of that corruption.

Although being part of a TV show or movie based on a comic book brings a whole new set of fans, it wasn’t that aspect that drew Logue to the role.

“My draw to it, totally, was a film-noir detective. Raymond Chandler kind of stuff,” Logue says. “I felt like having read ‘Gotham Central,’ and my kids were a big fan of the animated series, I felt like if he was that crass and that brass, how long could that last? There had to be other colors to this guy.”

Logue was able to bring his own colors to the character because of when the show is set. The tales are unfolding long before events in the comic books, where an adult Batman handles the colorful criminals. The noir elements play out well against the backdrop because Gotham City is a place enveloped in eternal gray from the sky to emotions.

Like so many film-noir characters, Bullock is complicated. He initially balks at having the new gung-ho partner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), but he has slowly revealed that he’s not the bad cop that he seems.

Logue is convinced that, when Bullock joined the police force, he had the same passion to change the world but has just reached the point where he’s just trying to survive.

“It’s complicated because Harvey Bullock’s generally in the right place, but he’s seen these young gunslingers come through and burn out,” Logue says.

Logue has an eclectic career, including his most recent jobs on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Vikings” and “Gotham.” The Canadian has starred in equal amounts of dramas and comedies.

No other project Logue has done has gotten the attention of “Gotham.” TV critics named it the “Most Promising New Show” of the fall 2014 TV season.

Despite all of the praise and attention, Logue is a realist when it comes to the show’s potential.

“I am lucky to have had a lot of different perspectives by walking through life for decades,” he says. “That’s why I keep in mind that you just never know what’s going to happen.”

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Playing Bullock no mystery to Logue on ‘Gotham’

Because What ‘Gotham’ Needs Is More Villains: The Scarecrow Is Coming

Batman Begins Scarecrow

Fox’s Gotham has already introduced pre-Batman versions of Penguin, Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Sal Maroni, and Carmine Falcone, with plans to bring on Harvey Dent, Victor Zsasz, and Mr. Freeze in future episodes and clues about the Joker littered throughout. But apparently that’s still not enough.

Executive producer Danny Cannon has just confirmed that the Scarecrow will be making an appearance this season as well. Or, to be more accurate, a child who will one day become the Scarecrow will. Hit the jump for more details on the Scarecrow Gotham episode.

Comic Book Movie reports Cannon spilled the details during an appearance at Comikaze. “We’re breaking the story now. The villain will be seen as a child, before he takes on the Scarecrow moniker,” he said. “In fact, it’s something that will be passed on to him from his father, which will create an eventual enemy for Batman while still having an adversary for Jim Gordon.”

In the comics, Scarecrow is the villainous alter ego of Dr. Jonathan Crane, a psychologist who specializes in phobias. He induces fear in his victims through a combination of drugs and mind games. His only live-action appearance to date has been in the Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Cillian Murphy.

Not much is revealed about Crane’s childhood in the comics, so Cannon and his team should have a lot of space to work with. Assuming his Scarecrow is even Crane, that is — as we saw with Ivy Pepper a.k.a. Poison Ivy, he’s not adverse to changing up names and backstories to suit his vision.

On the one hand, the Scarecrow is a fun, classic villain that fans will no likely be pleased to see on the show. On the other, Gotham already has more villains than it seems to know what to do with. Oswald Cobblepot gets some good screentime, but Selina Kyle has little to do on the show besides lurk and Ivy Pepper hasn’t even appeared since the pilot. Is another future baddie really what Gotham needs right now?

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