Ben McKenzie Talks The Experience Of Directing An Episode Of ‘Gotham’

Gotham 317Ben McKenzie, who plays Jim Gordon on Gotham, has only been an actor thus far but it looks he wishes to step into directing. McKenzie will be making his debut with the upcoming episode entitled “Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions.”

McKenzie spoke with 21st Century Fox Blog about the opportunity and what went into it.

“They wrote the episode so I was on location in 15, so we could shoot everything in one day. I only missed one day of prep to film as an actor in episode 15, and that allowed me to go through the full process, which, honestly, I’ve been through before because I’ve shadowed directors both on Southland and Gotham.”

“We have a very good cast who is very professional, very accommodating. I think I was more nervous than they were because the first time you switch roles and you’re on the other side, you’re trying to guide a scene into a direction that you think fits the story,” he said. “So, you have all these ideas in your head and, of course, when you show up and the actors come and bring all their ideas to it that are usually infinitely better than your own, you need to meld the two. You need to still accomplish what you set out to do and tell the story, but you need to listen to their input and use their input. It worked remarkably well.”

McKenzie then gave a tip for aspiring directors:

“Don’t make a decision on something you don’t need to make a decision on quite yet.”

“Everyone’s going to come to you and ask you to make a million decisions on the first day. You don’t need to make them all immediately,” McKenzie said. “Some you need to make early on because they’re more important and determine the rest of the shooting. Many can wait. You can take your time, think about them, and come to a more reasoned and thought-through decision later on, and everyone benefits from that.”

Are you looking forward to Ben McKenzie’s directorial debut? Let us know in the comments down below!


‘Supergirl’ Ratings Hit New Low; ‘Gotham’ Ties Previous Low

Supergirl Gotham RatingsBoth Supergirl and Gotham returned from extended hiatuses this week and the FOX DC show fared only slightly better in the ratings than The CW DC show did.

On Supergirl, Season 2 returned with an emphasis on Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) life as a reporter and her burgeoning friendship with Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) while Gotham saw Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) embrace the The Riddler identity.

According to TV By The Numbers, Supergirl only hit a 0.5 demo rating and 1.80 million views, which is a new series low. On the other hand, Gotham hit a 1.0 rating and 2.99 million viewers, which ties its previous low.

Next week on Supergirl, Alex (Chyler Leigh) finds herself in trouble and Kara and Maggie (Floriana Lima) must join forces to save her in “Alex.” Over on Gotham, The Court of Owls is up to no good as Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) directs in “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions.”

“Alex” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

ALEX IS KIDNAPPED – Alex (Chyler Leigh) is kidnapped and the kidnapper threatens to kill her unless Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) releases a notorious criminal from prison. Supergirl and Maggie (Floriana Lima) have always had different approaches to apprehending criminals but this time they must work together to save Alex. Meanwhile, Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) has an interesting proposal for Lena (Katie McGrath). Rob Greenlea directed the episode written by Eric Carrasco & Greg Baldwin (#219). Original airdate 5/1/2017.”

Supergirl airs on Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 2 for our weekly reviews.


Ben McKenzie Directs His First Episode of GOTHAM!

The Court of Owls devises a new plan regarding the future of Gotham, as Gordon uncovers information about his father and uncle’s past, connecting him back to the organization. Meanwhile, Bruce wakes up in the temple and learns of the Shaman’s wish for him in the all-new “Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, May 1 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-316) (TV-14 L, V)

Gotham: Heroes Rise airs on Monday nights at 8/7c on FOX. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 3 for our weekly reviews.

Leon Brill

Leon Brill

Leon Brill is a staff writer for Heroic Hollywood, superhero/comic enthusiast, gamer, and film lover.