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Gotham: Michael Chiklis joins cast as a series regular

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Michael Chiklis has joined yet another superhero franchise.

The actor has signed on for the second season of Gotham as a series regular, and will play Captain Nathaniel Barnes, “who lands on the GCPD like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force,” reads a release from Fox. 

Described as a “law and order zealot,” Capt. Barnes will act as both a hero and a mentor to Gordon (Ben McKenzie), “someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism.” 

Though he’ll prove himself to be an ally to Gordon, Capt. Barnes’ strong personality and black-and-white outlook on the law may one day make him a powerful enemy.

Chiklis, 51, is no stranger to superhero universes. The actor starred as the Thing in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and starred in ABC’s short-lived No Ordinary Family in 2010, an original series about a family with extraordinary abilities.

This is Chiklis’ first foray into the DC Comics universe and it is currently unclear whether his is an origin story for a known hero or villain from the comic-book canon. 

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