Last week came the news that Donal Logue (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Vikings”) will play the iconic role of Detective Harvey Bullock in the upcoming Batman-themed TV series “Gotham” on Fox.
The series revolves around Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his relationship with a very young Bruce Wayne. Bullock is Gordon’s partner, a rough-around-the-edges detective that plays loose with police procedure but gets results.
Talking with Nerd Repository, Logue recently spoke about the character and how he hopes to flesh out his own take on screen:
“It’s that tricky thing where I’m not that guy, I don’t look visually like the guy even in the cartoon. Then there’s that weird thing where I don’t want to take someone’s choice from the cartoon and match it.
I want to create a character, no different from Lee Toric in Sons of Anarchy or King Horik [from Vikings] or Hank Dolworth in Terriers. They’re all uniquely different scenarios and I don’t want to feel forced to do an impersonation of something else, which is a difficult thing to keep up over the course of a longer series. So we’ll have those talks.
It’s interesting that there’s something that exists that you can watch, but Ben obviously is not going to be tied to the cartoon and who Gordon is in that. I’m going to have to take a little bit of license and bring Bullock more towards me, and not me more towards the dude in the cartoon.”
Logue went into further detail about the show itself, its tone and setting:
“What I do love about Gotham that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring ’20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around.
It has this anachronistic element to it where it feels like it’s either New York in the ’70s, or it kind of exists independently of time and space in a way, and you can dip into all of these different genres. So I’m excited by it.
There were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it’s certainly not the ’50s and the ’60s. No one’s making a joke about how ‘there’s no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.’ There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But its not high tech and it’s not futuristic, by any means.”
Logue also talked about the conflict in the relationship between Gordon and Bullock and how that will play out:
“There’s kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who’s like ‘No, I have a much more black and white view, I’m not into this notion of moral relativism. There’s right and there’s wrong.’….And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that’s this arbitrary thing where it’s like “the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that’s the law.”
That’s the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show. I guarantee that is the complete and utter core of the conflict. One guy’s been around Chinatown for a long time, and knows how it has to work. Someone who’s come in from a more idealistic world – not to say non-violent, he’s coming back from the war – steps into it, and absolutely there’s a huge moral quandary.”