has nabbed the lead role in FOX's "". The "" star is to play Detective James Gordon, who would later be the city's commissioner, in the Batman prequel pilot.
Written by "" scribe Bruno Heller, the pilot explores the origin story of the Gotham City's most renowned residents such as young Batman, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and Penguin. "This is not one of the things where you bought a franchise and then none of characters people know," FOX's entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly previously told reporters. "We will follow Bruce Wayne right up until the point where he gets interesting."