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Donal Logue joins Fox's Gotham as Detective Harvey Bullock

Feb. 12, 2014by: Paul Shirey

The Gotham TV show casting wheel continues to spin!

Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock, the portly curmudgeon that populates the Batman mythos, most notably in the '90's Batman: The Animated Series. Logue joins the already cast Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon and the other recent additions of Sean Pertwee as Alfred and Robert Lord Taylor as The Penguin. There have been a few iterations of the character in the DCU, but he is generally portrayed the same; unlikable, slovenly, and a general pain in the ass. He has strong ties to Jim Gordon, who he has both partnered with and sabotaged throughout his run in comics and TV. For Gotham, Bullock is described as such:

Jim Gordon's "rough-around-the-edges" partner and mentor, who "plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results... and he does it with old-school, forceful panache." 

It sounds like a faithful rendition of Bullock's character overall, but it's hard to say just how much of an asshole he'll be as compared to other iterations. He was an annoying buffoon in Batman: TAS and was embodied in the '89 BATMAN as Lt. Eckhardt (William Hootkins) and again in BATMAN BEGINS as Detective Flass (Mark Boone Junior), but this will be the first live-action version of the character with the original name. Logue is a solid fit for the role and is one of the most criminally underrated actors working today. He was spectacular in the last two seasons of Sons of Anarchy, so I'm looking forward to seeing him getting some more high-profile gigs.

Gotham is set to go into production this March with an eye toward a fall debut.

Source: Fox

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12:28AM on 02/13/2014

Donal Logue is...

Brilliant and I'm so happy this cast is coming together like it is, I can only hope that Gotham & the new Flash show on the CW will have the same success and fortune that Arrow is having now.
Brilliant and I'm so happy this cast is coming together like it is, I can only hope that Gotham & the new Flash show on the CW will have the same success and fortune that Arrow is having now.
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11:51PM on 02/12/2014
I Love Donal Logue. He's had a few underrated tv shows, and was great in the original Blade movie. Good to see him back in the comic groove.
I Love Donal Logue. He's had a few underrated tv shows, and was great in the original Blade movie. Good to see him back in the comic groove.
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8:50PM on 02/12/2014
Donal Logue is great, although I have Stacy Keach in mind as Det. Bullock. Fingers crossed this series will be a success.
Donal Logue is great, although I have Stacy Keach in mind as Det. Bullock. Fingers crossed this series will be a success.
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8:34PM on 02/12/2014
Careful now...this series is building up the kind of cast that could make the series...together with Arrow...outshine anything the DC cinematic universe may offer. Best no one point out to them that if the pending Flash series ends up being as clever as the little origin scene was in the Arrow...they really will have a problem on their hands.
Careful now...this series is building up the kind of cast that could make the series...together with Arrow...outshine anything the DC cinematic universe may offer. Best no one point out to them that if the pending Flash series ends up being as clever as the little origin scene was in the Arrow...they really will have a problem on their hands.
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8:00PM on 02/12/2014
He was rumoured to be taking the Gordon role but I think he's much more suited to playing Harvey Bullock. I'm surprised that this is shaping up as well as it is. Gary Dourdan as Crispus Allen?
He was rumoured to be taking the Gordon role but I think he's much more suited to playing Harvey Bullock. I'm surprised that this is shaping up as well as it is. Gary Dourdan as Crispus Allen?
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4:52PM on 02/12/2014

Looking good

I really hope they make this show great. He's an awesome choice for Bullock. I hope they bring in Renee Montoya too. The casting has been solid so far. I don't agree with bringing in Batman villains when Bruce Wayne is still a child though. A few of them will work. Just don't go overboard.
I really hope they make this show great. He's an awesome choice for Bullock. I hope they bring in Renee Montoya too. The casting has been solid so far. I don't agree with bringing in Batman villains when Bruce Wayne is still a child though. A few of them will work. Just don't go overboard.
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4:34PM on 02/12/2014
Flass was never an embodiment of Bullock. Flass is an actual character from the comics, he was a corrupt cop in Batman: Year One. Bullock is an entirely different character, and he never was a corrupt cop.
Flass was never an embodiment of Bullock. Flass is an actual character from the comics, he was a corrupt cop in Batman: Year One. Bullock is an entirely different character, and he never was a corrupt cop.
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6:33PM on 02/12/2014
Yeah but Flass was a big blonde jock looking guy in the comics. He looked like Bullock should look in Batman Begins.
Yeah but Flass was a big blonde jock looking guy in the comics. He looked like Bullock should look in Batman Begins.
4:17PM on 02/12/2014
Just having the character on the show is great news.
Just having the character on the show is great news.
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4:15PM on 02/12/2014
Why can't the movies cast this good? This is an awesome choice for Bullock!
Why can't the movies cast this good? This is an awesome choice for Bullock!
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3:45PM on 02/12/2014
Gotham is really shaping up. Logue will nail this role, been a fan of his since The Tao of Steve. It will be good to finally get an official live action Bullock.
Stephens in TDK was, without question, that universe's Bullock. They never call him Stephens in the movie, he's only named in the closing credits, and the character imbodied everything about Harvey Bullock, including drinking beer on the roof of GCPD HQ. Don't know why they just didn't go for the goal and call the character what he
Gotham is really shaping up. Logue will nail this role, been a fan of his since The Tao of Steve. It will be good to finally get an official live action Bullock.
Stephens in TDK was, without question, that universe's Bullock. They never call him Stephens in the movie, he's only named in the closing credits, and the character imbodied everything about Harvey Bullock, including drinking beer on the roof of GCPD HQ. Don't know why they just didn't go for the goal and call the character what he should have been called.
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3:20PM on 02/12/2014
Wasn't a huge fan of the show's announcement when it was made, but the casting so far has me very, very interested. Logue was fantastic in SOA.
Wasn't a huge fan of the show's announcement when it was made, but the casting so far has me very, very interested. Logue was fantastic in SOA.
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3:06PM on 02/12/2014

Closest to Bullock

The closest rendition of Bullock was probably Det. Stephens (Keith Szarabajka) from The Dark Knight.
Det. Flass was an interpretation of Flass from Batman: Year One!
The closest rendition of Bullock was probably Det. Stephens (Keith Szarabajka) from The Dark Knight.
Det. Flass was an interpretation of Flass from Batman: Year One!
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3:17PM on 02/12/2014
Yes, but the Flass character in Batman Begins was more or less an amalgamation of Flass' characterization in Year One with Bullock's look.
Yes, but the Flass character in Batman Begins was more or less an amalgamation of Flass' characterization in Year One with Bullock's look.
3:04PM on 02/12/2014
So did one of the joblo writers start banging the hot intern that someone in the IT department was in love with but too shy to talk to? Cuz, if not, the homepage is messed up for some other reason.
So did one of the joblo writers start banging the hot intern that someone in the IT department was in love with but too shy to talk to? Cuz, if not, the homepage is messed up for some other reason.
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3:00PM on 02/12/2014
Best casting of the show so far. Really looking forward to it now.
Best casting of the show so far. Really looking forward to it now.
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2:55PM on 02/12/2014
They cut his run on SoA too early. They propped him up as this bad ass MF 'r and was waiting for him to unleash hell and it sadly never happened. His performance was awesome however.
They cut his run on SoA too early. They propped him up as this bad ass MF 'r and was waiting for him to unleash hell and it sadly never happened. His performance was awesome however.
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2:51PM on 02/12/2014
If his performance in the last two seasons of Sons of Anarchy is anything to go on, he'll be perfect. The guy is underrated as hell and I am still disappointed that Terriers got cancelled.

But I can already say that I am more excited for this than I ever was for Agents of Shield.
If his performance in the last two seasons of Sons of Anarchy is anything to go on, he'll be perfect. The guy is underrated as hell and I am still disappointed that Terriers got cancelled.

But I can already say that I am more excited for this than I ever was for Agents of Shield.
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2:48PM on 02/12/2014

I disagree with your description of Bullock....

He wasn't embodied by Eckhardt or Flass, as Bullock was never a corrupt cop. He might be an asshole sometimes but he's always loyal to the job and to Jim Gordon as far as I can remember. He is grumpy and blas, but I don't remember him being a dirty cop. Thinking about it, you can find Bullock in "Person of Interest" where the character of Fusco has evolved from being a dirty cop to being Bullock.
He wasn't embodied by Eckhardt or Flass, as Bullock was never a corrupt cop. He might be an asshole sometimes but he's always loyal to the job and to Jim Gordon as far as I can remember. He is grumpy and blas, but I don't remember him being a dirty cop. Thinking about it, you can find Bullock in "Person of Interest" where the character of Fusco has evolved from being a dirty cop to being Bullock.
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5:38PM on 02/12/2014
Bullock was a dirty/corrupt cop in his first incarnation. As DC continued to retcon their continuity throughout the years, however, he eventually became a "good" guy, but still an abrasive curmudgeon. Those of you saying he was "never" a corrupt cop need to do your homework. [link]
Bullock was a dirty/corrupt cop in his first incarnation. As DC continued to retcon their continuity throughout the years, however, he eventually became a "good" guy, but still an abrasive curmudgeon. Those of you saying he was "never" a corrupt cop need to do your homework. [link]
2:44PM on 02/12/2014

This could have the best cast in the world,

but in the end its still going to be just as sucky as SHIELD.
but in the end its still going to be just as sucky as SHIELD.
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2:29PM on 02/12/2014

Finally, Bullock gets represented...

...and Donal Logue is the perfect choice.
...and Donal Logue is the perfect choice.
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2:24PM on 02/12/2014
Seeing Bullock added definitely is the first thing that has got me interested but I still really wish this was a Batman tv series. Its been 50 years, time for a new one!
Seeing Bullock added definitely is the first thing that has got me interested but I still really wish this was a Batman tv series. Its been 50 years, time for a new one!
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2:11PM on 02/12/2014
im enjoying the casting for this show really like donal logue i think he will make a good bullock
im enjoying the casting for this show really like donal logue i think he will make a good bullock
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2:06PM on 02/12/2014

Don't get attached to this one...

Donal Logue is pretty great, but he's also the kiss of death.

Don't get attached to "About a Boy" or "Mind Games" either while we're on the subject, b/c Christian Slater and that guy who stars in the other one might even be bigger kisses of tv death. the titular "boy" has also already been on at least 2 other failed shows (that i admittedly didn't hate)

carry on
Donal Logue is pretty great, but he's also the kiss of death.

Don't get attached to "About a Boy" or "Mind Games" either while we're on the subject, b/c Christian Slater and that guy who stars in the other one might even be bigger kisses of tv death. the titular "boy" has also already been on at least 2 other failed shows (that i admittedly didn't hate)

carry on
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2:13PM on 02/12/2014
What about GROUNDED FOR LIFE? It lasted 5 seasons.
What about GROUNDED FOR LIFE? It lasted 5 seasons.
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