During a recent visit to the “Gotham” set at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York, several members of the cast seemed ready to unleash a reinvigorated second season on the viewing public.
The Bat and the Cat
One of the core pleasures of “Gotham” is seeing the unexpected twists and turns in the origin stories for a number of classic DC characters. That’s readily apparent in the work being done by the show’s two young, break-out stars: Camren Bicondova as street-dwelling pickpocket and future Catwoman Selina Kyle and David Mazouz as teenage Batman-to-be, Bruce Wayne.
“Our show is the origins of these characters, so that’s where we get our flexibility,” said Bicondova. “Because we are the origin stories, we get to have a little bit more flexibility with where we go with the storylines, and I think that’s brilliant.”
McKenzie said Bicondova’s work in particular is a great example of how the “Gotham” can pay tribute to the Batman story’s deep and rich history while still allowing the actors to create characters of their own.
“You’re seeing Catwoman in the flesh… (It’s powerful) to see an actual, real younger woman playing the role and understanding (the character) emotionally,” McKenzie said, later noting that “we have to be respectful of the intention of the series and the overall arc of the characters, but we get to play within it. It’s just a question of balance.”
Mazouz said his character’s past plays a far bigger role in his work that the character’s eventual future as a cape-and-cowl-wearing, crime-fighting vigilante.
“What I do is instead of thinking about it like I’m playing Batman 10 years before Batman, I’m playing a rich boy who lost his parents,” Mazouz said. “I’m thinking backward and moving forward instead of thinking about what he becomes. And, I do think about Batman, taking traits from him and using them in my performance, but typically I just think I’m a rich boy who lost his parents.”
“David is, without a doubt, one of the most phenomenally talented young men I’ve ever worked with,” said Pertwee. “I say young men, that’s the great thing about our profession… (that) we see people as complete equals and that’s what he is, he’s a complete equal. He’s phenomenally talented. I don’t need to tell you that. You’ve seen him. I mean, he flips the intensity button on and he’s the most focused, wonderful man. I adore him, I adore him like a second son.”
Read the whole article here, and listen to the audio of the interviews with the cast (including Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz) below (beginning at 29 minutes):
Source: Asbury Park Press