Report: MICHAEL CHIKLIS Joins Fox's GOTHAM

Michael Chiklis from "The Shield"
Credit: FX
Credit: Fox

TVLine is reporting that veteran television actor Michael Chiklis is joining Fox's Gotham for its upcoming second season. The Shield alum is said to be playing Captain Nathaniel Barnes, whom TV Line describes as a mentor to James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie).

"[Barnes] lands on the GCP like a tornado, ripping ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force," TV Line says. "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.”

Chiklis is no stranger to comic book adaptations or superhero drama, having played the Thing in two Fantastic Four as well as the lead in the comic-book inspired No Ordinary Family by the producers of Arrow. Chiklis was last seen in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

The new season of Gotham premieres September 25 on Fox.

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