David Mazouz talked with Comic Book Resources about the transformation of Bruce Wayne in the second season of “Gotham” and the evolution of his character’s relationship with Selina Kyle. Read the interview below!
As a crime drama set in the pre-Batman era, Fox’s “Gotham” spent much of its first season laying the groundwork for the young Bruce Wayne to eventually create his caped alter-ego. The show has depicted the murder of Bruce’s parents, the corruption of Gotham and the GCPD, the rise of numerous larger-than-life villains and the arrival of a number of father figures that will ignite Bruce’s heroic spirit. One development that could speed up Bruce’s costumed destiny occurred in the season one finale when he discovered his father’s secret lair, a room many viewers speculate will ultimately serve as the famous Batcave.
Fourteen-year-old actor David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne, spoke with the press during roundtable interviews at Comic-Con International in San Diego about his character’s journey in season two, the introduction of Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, potential conflict with Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle and adopting Batman’s distinct voice. Mazouz also opened up about teaming up with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and forging that iconic bond with Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee).
CBR News: How did finding that secret room in the season one finale push Bruce towards becoming Batman?
David Mazouz: Finding that room, that very last scene in the season finale, is going to be a turning point. It’s going to change everything in Bruce’s life. It’s going to turn the page to a different chapter in every aspect of his life into becoming Batman. What I mean, for example, is the Bruce and Alfred relationship. In season one, they were butting heads a lot. They were constantly disagreeing about things. In season two, because of that cave, they are going to go through a really rocky patch at the beginning. Once they get through it, they are really going to start becoming a team, like the Alfred/Batman relationship when they are older. They are really going to start becoming a team.
Lucius Fox is going to come to the show, which I’m super excited about. Chris Chalk is hilarious and a really fun guy to be around. Season two is really going to be the transformation of Bruce Wayne to Batman. Last year, Bruce Wayne was grieving. He was determined, but he was just determined to find out what happened to his parents. He was determined to know 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. I’m so stoked.
What exactly will Bruce be doing that viewers will potentially recognize as “Batman moments”?
There are multiple things. When Batman is Batman, he has his Batman persona and his detective persona and he has his public persona, his party boy, playboy persona to make the public think there’s no way Bruce Wayne could be Batman. In Season two, Bruce Wayne is going to be developing that second persona. That’s one way.
Another way in Season two is you are going to start to see the villains shift from a mobster-type of villain hierarchy to a super-villain hierarchy. Those are the villains who are going to be taking over. Penguin is at the threshold right now, but he’s going to meet people that are ten times worse. Since the villain threat is going to be so immense, and there’s so few of us [good guys] on the show, we’re really going to have to team up. So you are going to see Gordon and Bruce together a lot more. Because of that, Bruce is going to get out more. I think last year I only worked with three of the series regulars and there’s fifteen of them. I’m really excited for Season two. Gordon is going to start that mentorship that we talked about this whole time. They are going to become closer and, because of that relationship, Bruce is going to start becoming more involved in the crime world.
In becoming Batman, how is that going to affect Bruce’s relationship with Selina?
It will change it. I don’t really know too much about that. I know Bruce doesn’t really know what she’s been up to. And if he did, he would disprove. When she killed Reggie, he stopped talking to her for a little bit. Kinda. He needed her after that. If he had a choice, he would stop talking to her for a little bit. Bruce and Selena have a certain chemistry that is unbreakable. For some reason, they both like each other. Whether that’s in a brother/sister way, a friend way or a romantic way, there’s something between them that’s never going to change. They might go through rocky patches – I know that some of that is going to happen this season – but they are always going to end up back together somehow.
Will Bruce practice his Batman voice this season?
No, my voice has to get a little deeper before that. [laughs]
Executive producer Danny Cannon talked to Collider about the second season of “Gotham” and revealed what’s to come for Bruce Wayne and how the discovery of his father’s secret office will affect his future.
When we last saw Bruce Wayne, he and Alfred were about to venture down the stairs to see what Bruce’s father left there. How will what they find affect them?
CANNON: We’ve never seen this aspect of Bruce Wayne before, but whatever he does find, he’ll have a choice to protect himself and walk an honest path in the daylight, or he’s going to have to walk in the darkness and face the secrets that his father was keeping, for which he was killed. And once Pandora’s box is opened, Bruce will never be safe again.
Bruce and Alfred were at odds quite a bit, in the first season. Will they be getting closer now?
CANNON: I think both Gordon and Alfred have found themselves fathers to somebody they never expected to be a father to, and like with every teenage boy, they’re going to go through some tumultuous times. I think Bruce Wayne probably has the biggest arc of this season, in that, in choosing to walk the dangerous path because of his true calling, he will not only need protection from the villains, but protection from himself. There’s a recklessness in him that we haven’t seen yet, and once Pandora’s box is opened, things get very complicated and dangerous.
He also explains that we’ll learn more about Selina Kyle’s past, which will make us understand her character more.
There were some big shifts for some of the characters, by the end of Season 1, including Ed Nygma, Selina Kyle and Barbara Kean. In Season 2, will they continue down that dark path that they started on?
CANNON: Selina, for example, is somebody that we’re going to investigate her backstory, and we’re also going to watch one of her friends walk a darker path. In order to see somebody really have an internal fight about the light and the darkness, it’s good to see it through other characters also. When we learn her origin story and what that’s done to her, we’ll understand her a lot more. Sure, she could go either way. The great thing about these origin stories is that, no matter how bad it gets for Nygma, for example, and the demons he’s facing, because you know that origin story and you know where that pain and darkness comes from, you always root for him. That’s the genius of these characters and why they’ve survived for so long.
ComicBook.com published a new interview with David Mazouz about the second season of “Gotham”, where he talks about his experience working on the new season. Read the full interview below!
For a young man under 16, “Gotham” star David Mazouz is wise beyond his years. That might have something to do with the actors he works with on a daily basis, going up against folks like Sean Pertwee and James Frain. Mazouz’s experience in holding his own against these pedigree actors, while simultaneously leading other young performers, makes him a unique person to talk to. He has thoughtful answers to each question, and is more likely to look up and inward than to his mother or another actor on set. His fandom of the Batman mythos is palpable, and his love of this unique job for a young teenager exudes with his every smile and laugh.
During a set visit on the “Gotham” Season 2 soundstages in Brooklyn, NY, ComicBook.com spoke with Mazouz on the newest set for the series, the mysterious office that sits under Wayne Manor and once belonged to Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father. We talked about surprises, things to come in Season 2, and who he’d most like to see Bruce clash with in upcoming episodes.
David, getting to chat in this new set here, Thomas Wayne’s hidden underground office, this is pretty cool, huh? What was it like to step onto this set, which is so full of mythos, for the first time?
David Mazouz: It’s magnificent; it really is breathtaking. Everybody that walks onto this set has the same reaction. You walk onto this set and it’s really mind blowing!
What do you feel you learned from Season 1 that you’re most able to bring to Season 2?
DM: I think over the year I just kind of learned who Bruce was: his weaknesses, his strengths, the things that he likes to do, the things he doesn’t – I really got to know who Bruce Wayne is. With that knowledge, I’m able to bring a whole new approach to season 2. That approach is that I think Bruce in season 1 was very honest, and very straight-forward, whereas in season 2 he learns that you can’t be that way in Gotham. (laughs) There’s a game you have to play. It’s a game of manipulation, a game of corruption, and Bruce is going to start to play it.
That’s a harsh lesson for a young orphan to have to learn!
DM: Yeah, well he’s not just a young orphan (laughs) – as some people may know.
You really interacted with a fairly small core of characters throughout Season 1. What’s it like getting to interact with some more of the denizens of Gotham City, especially some of the more nefarious newcomers here?
DM: It’s been incredible! I think last year, I worked with about four, or something ridiculous, out of the fourteen regular cast members. So it’s really nice to get to know – I know everybody so well [as actors] because I see them everywhere, but I don’t know their characters, because I don’t get to see them in person.
I remember one day we did a scene last year, later in the season, and Bruce was walking into a gun range, and Penguin was walking by right behind him – we didn’t actually talk or anything, it’s just one of those crossing by moments. But it was the first time I’d seen his waddle in person. I’d never seen it before, and this was like episode 20! I remember thinking, “Wow, I haven’t seen that!” I realized it when I did.
So it’s really nice being able to interact with more of them as Bruce, and learn their characters more.
What’s something that’s still surprising you, when you’re on set, now that you’re five or six episodes into season 2?
DM: I think, how much more there is to learn about Bruce, and the locations, and Alfred. Our work is not done. It’s still constantly going, and we’ll never be done until we’re done.
Who would you like to see Bruce meet as Season 2 rolls on?
DM: I’d like for Bruce to have a friend! Just somebody his age, who’s a boy, who he can talk to. He doesn’t really have any friends his age, except for these girls who are trying to manipulate him.
TV Insider published the very first still of the second season of “Gotham”, where we can see Bruce and Alfred exploring Thomas Wayne’s office.
Curiosity may kill the cat, but it inspires the Bat when young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz, far left) and his mercurial manservant, Alfred (Sean Pertwee), hit the family-skeleton jackpot while exploring the secret lair beneath the mansion. “It changes everything in Bruce’s life,” Mazouz reveals of the space the pair uncovered in last May’s finale. “It changes how he sees Alfred, the criminal side of Gotham, even how he sees his parents.” The hidden enclave will likely also surprise viewers expecting to see all sorts of gadgets and high-tech toys. “It’s definitely not the Batcave,” Mazouz cautions. “What is down there are clues to Thomas Wayne’s secret life and what he was trying to do before being killed.”
Source: TV Insider
TVLine posted some information about upcoming seasons of TV shows, including “Gotham”, and here is what David Mazouz has to say regarding the investigation of Bruce’s parents’ murder:
Now that we’re in Season 2, will “Gotham” still keep up the Thomas and Martha Wayne investigation, or will the show move on from that? – Sofia
I hand-delivered your question to Bruce Wayne’s portrayer, David Mazouz, who said that the series-launching murder mystery “will be an ongoing thing” throughout “Gotham”‘s run. “Gordon’s not really looking into it that much anymore, but Bruce is,” the teen said. “The Top 3 things that are on Bruce’s list are: take down the corrupt side of Wayne Enterprises, find out who his father really was, and find out his parents’ murderer. And they’re all connected.”
David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee were interviewed by Access Hollywood while on the red carpet of the TCA Summer Press Tour 2015, on August 6. You can watch the video below!
Thanks to Ben McKenzie News for the link!