February 12, 2014 9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Gotham' Books Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
Fox's Batman prequel is rounding out its ranks, booking Sons of Anarchy alum Donal Logue to play a pivotal role in Gotham.
Logue has boarded the Batman origin story as detective Harvey Bullock, the partner to Ben McKenzie's rookie detective James Gordon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gotham is an origin tale centering on DC Comics fixture commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous.
Bullock is described as Gordon's partner and mentor, who is rough around the edges and plays loose with police procedure -- but gets results and does it with old-school, forceful panache.
The Warner Bros. Television drama pilot, which has a series commitment attached, is being written and executive produced by The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller. Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) will direct and executive produce the pilot.
Logue joins a cast that also includes Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin, Zabryna Guevara (Captain Essen), Sean Pertwee (Alfred) and Erin Richards (Barbara Kean, Gordon's love interest). Casting for the young Bruce Wayne has not yet been announced.
For Logue, the role marks his latest TV gig following FX's Sons of Anarchy, Copper, Vikings, Royal Pains, Terriers and Life. He's repped by UTA, Kipperman Management and Katz Golden.
Speaking to reporters last month at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the series will explore other characters from DC's massive Batman cannon.
"This is not one of the things where you bought a franchise and then none of the characters people know," Reilly said. "We will follow Bruce Wayne right up until the point where he gets interesting."
Reilly confirmed that Gotham will be as much of an origin story for Batman as for Gordon. "It's Gotham teetering on the edge," he said. "This is all of the classic Batman characters."
The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman are also expected to be part of the project, with the plan being for the series to ultimately end with Bruce Wayne putting on the cape and becoming Batman -- much as Smallville did with Clark Kent/Superman.
Following the session, Reilly told reporters that the series will be very serialized and not an "adjunct companion" show. "This is the Batman franchise just backing it up," he said. "It gives a real focus as to what this show is about and what stories we're telling."