~Matt Key

According to TV Line, the star of acclaimed television series, Shield, Michael Chiklis, will star in the upcoming second season of Fox’s hit superhero series, Gotham. He’ll take up the role of Captain Nathaniel Barnes, who is described as a hero and mentor for Jim Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie.


Show producers describe Chiklis’s character, saying he, “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.”

Let’s be honest here: Chiklis is a great choice for this character. He’s already won an Emmy for being in a police procedural and he’s no stranger to portraying superheroes on screen as he was in the first two Fantastic Four films as The Thing, as well as No Ordinary Family. The fact that an actor of his calibre has signed on to the next season could really mean great things.

Gotham returns September 21st, on Fox.

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