We love Gotham here at FTN. And we make no apologies for it. But of all the things we love about it, the performance of young David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne is truly one of the standouts.
Now the young actor – still only 15, but much younger looking – is talking about Bruce’s destiny and what are the chances of his alter-ego, Batman, ever appearing on the show.
He starts by addressing the ‘batcave’ that was found literally at the end of Season one and what this means for the character(s): “It’s going to touch everything in Bruce’s life. It’s going to turn the page to a different chapter in every imaginable way on his journey to becoming Batman. In season one, Bruce and Alfred were constantly butting heads, but in season two, because of the cave, they’re going to go through a really rough patch. But one they get through it, they’re going to really start to become a team. They’re really going to have the Batman/Alfred partnership that you know.”
But it’s not just the cave. We’ve seen the villains – and will continues to see – them coming to the fore in the show, but what about Batman’s allies? Will we see them too? “Lucius Fox is also coming to the show, and is really going to help Bruce. Season Two is really going to be the transformation from Bruce Wayne to Batman. In season one, Bruce Wayne was grieving. He was determined, but he was determined to find out more about his parents and learn more about who his dad was, and what Wayne Enterprises was, but he wasn’t Batman. In season two, Bruce IS going to be Batman. His transformation is going to be huge in season two.”
He goes on: “Bruce Wayne has multiple personas. He has Batman persona, but he also his public playboy persona to fool everyone. And moving into season two, we’ll see more of that second persona from Bruce.”
But not just Bruce will be in flux: “We’re going to see the villains shift from mobsters to super villains. The villains that we know in Batman are going to be the ones who take over Gotham. Penguin is at the threshold right now, but he’s going to meet people who are ten times worse. And because the threat of villains is going to be so immense, the heroes will really have to team up. So you’ll see Bruce and Gordon team up a lot more. And because of that, Bruce will get out a lot more. Gordon is really going to start that mentorship we talked about. They’re really going to start to become closer, and because of that Bruce will find himself more involved with the crime world.”
So, as he starts down this dark road to being the Gotham Gurdian, who will aid his journey? “It’s mainly just going to be Alfred, Bruce, and Gordon. There’ll be a little bit of Selina. The good news is, that’s mostly good people. Bruce obviously grows to become a good person, and those mentors are probably why. His influences are going to be huge this season, because he’s still growing. He really starts to discover the world in a new light. Those influences are going to be huge, and they’re going to lead into him becoming Batman.”
We assume that the young actor means that we’ll see the detective and the birth of the Batman persona and not that he’ll be running around dressed like Bat-mite. Either way, we’re really looking forward to the birth of this version of our favourite comicbook character…
Are you guys? What would you like to see this season in the journey to Batman?
Gotham returns on September 21st