It's unclear if the upcoming Batman vs Superman will utilize the character in any way, but I'm sure we'll be seeing him soon, as he's one of the most integral characters in the Batman mythos. But who could possibly follow the masterful work of Gary Oldman? That's what we're about to find out in this first installment of "Five Actors Who Could Play...", an article that I intend on making on a regular basis, covering a wide variety of characters. Let's get started. Here are the candidates. Use your imagination to slap a mustache on some of these fellows, if you must. (This is in no particular order; these are simply the five that stood out to me when mulling over the topic)
1) Jeff Daniels
The Newsroom is by far my favorite show on TV right now. There are aspects of Will McAvoy that I could definitely see Daniels bringing to Gordon. McAvoy is a deeply cynical news anchor who's suffered personal torment, seen real-world devastation, and can never stay out of trouble. I think he would be a very compelling Gordon. But if not him, how about his Newsroom costar
2) Sam Waterston
Considerably older than Ben Affleck's Batman, Waterston could provide some history and perspective. Waterston is the archetypal good guy, with some mystery, whether he's Nick Carraway or Jack McCoy. If his name isn't being tossed around at WB yet, it definitely ought to be.
3) Bryan Cranston
I know a lot of people are hoping for Cranston to be cast as Lex Luthor (a role I would personally rather see embodied by Stanley Tucci or Mads Mikkelsen) but he's also been suggested by some for the role of Commissioner Gordon, since he voiced the character in the animated version of Batman: Year One. And why not? He just got done playing one of the most memorable bad guys in pop culture history, so it's likely that he might want a change in pace. He's certainly got the range to go either way.
4) Andre Braugher
Yeah, yeah, Jim Gordon is usually caucasian. He's also fictional, so what does his race matter? Laurence Fishburne is Perry White, so it's clear that the folks at Warner Bros. are most concerned with talent, not ethnicity. And if they're looking for sheer talent, they could do worse than Mr. Braugher. The man is just classy, plain and simple. He brings a level of grace and dignity to all his work. He's even on a cop-themed show right now, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so it's not like he's a stranger to law enforcement-type roles.
5) Mandy Patinkin
From his numerous runs on Broadway, to his iconic turn as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, to his brilliant and mysterious work on both Criminal Minds and Homeland, is there anything Mandy can't do? The rich complexity he brings to his character in Homeland could easily be translated to Jim Gordon, and provide a cool subtext about the nature of justice in the world.I'm attempting to make a Sunday in the Park with George reference, but I am hopelessly failing. Let me just reiterate the fact that he has a lovely singing voice.
So those are my top picks. Got a favorite for the role? Have I missed anybody? Let me know in the comments!