The episodes FOX screened for us were heavy on the ever-changing relationship between Alfred and Bruce: servant and young master, father and son, protégé and mentor, and the on-screen chemistry between the two. Mr. Mazouz’s depth is surprising for an actor three years away from legally buying an R-rated movie ticket.
“It’s second nature at this point, working with David. He’s one of the most efficient, focused actors—not just young actors—that I’ve ever worked with,” Mr. Pertwee said. “He can turn so dark in an instant. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
It was comforting to turn from my conversation with Mr. Pertwee to almost immediately see Mr. Mazouz in a playful fistfight with his equally youthful co-star Camren Bicondova. Batman and Catwoman, forever locked in conflict.
Our parting gift was a disk containing the third episode of “Gotham”‘s second season. “Tease it. Tease the hell out of it,” Mr. McKenzie told us all, before we exited back into the still-pouring rain.
So that’s exactly what I’ll do here. Episode three contains a game-changing finale that drastically alters the course of “Gotham”‘s second season and somehow satisfyingly ties into the grander Batman mythos overall.
Watch below a featurette dedicated to Bruce and Alfred in the second season of “Gotham”, which includes scenes from tonight’s season premiere, as well as glimpses of the third episode, and a scene between Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk)! (Click this alternative link to see the video if you live outside the US.)
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David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova are Batman and Catwoman for a new generation. Not just in the timing of their current roles in “Gotham”, but also in age — she’s 16, and he’s 14.
To put that in context, both actors were just glints in their parents’ eyes when George Clooney played the caped crusader in the 1997 film “Batman & Robin”.
As the Fox’s prequel series heads into its second season, Mazouz and Bicondova spoke about what’s ahead for their characters, their favourite Batman and Catwoman actors and the surreal experience of seeing themselves as action-figure toys.
Q: Fans love the interplay between your characters — especially that onscreen kiss last season. How would you describe their relationship?
Mazouz: They have a very rare relationship. I think they’re very different people with very different goals. But at the same time, for some reason, they like each other. There’s a connection between them.
Bicondova: It’s a good relationship for both of them, but neither of them really know if it’s good to be in the relationship.
David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma) and Morena Baccarin (Leslie Thompkins) talked with TV Insider during the TCA Summer Press Tour, on August 6, to promote the second season of “Gotham”. Watch the video below, and check the gallery to see a picture from their interview!
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A new teaser for the second season of “Gotham”, featuring Jerome (played by Cameron Monaghan), includes a brief scene between Jerome and Bruce (David Mazouz), coming from the third episode of the season. Watch the video below, or follow this alternative link (available outside the US)!
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I visited the set of Gotham last month on a very busy, overlapping day where production was running for two separate episodes. I’ll have more on those specific episodes, along with insight from the stars about those stories, closer to when those chapters air. But for now let’s talk Monday’s season premiere, “Damned if You Do…”
When we last saw Bruce and Alfred, they’d discovered a hidden passageway in Wayne Manor’s den. One likely filled with secrets procured by Thomas Wayne. So where will we find Master Wayne and his trusty butler as Season 2 begins? “They’re aligned in the sense that they both don’t know what’s going on and they’re confused,” star David Mazouz told me. “But they’re not totally aligned once they actually find out what’s going on and they need to choose how to proceed. That’s sort of where they disagree.”
“And there was a tension building up between them all last year, with them butting heads, and that tension will get bigger in Season 2, at the beginning,” Mazouz added. “But once they get past it you’ll really see them work as a team. And then Alfred will really take on the role of Bruce’s mentor.”
Meanwhile, Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon will continue to pay visits to Bruce, with their relationship growing stronger and friendlier. And we’ll see “why Bruce chooses Gordon later on when he’s Batman to be his inside man at the GCPD.” Likewise, Chris Chalk’s Lucius Fox – introduced at the end of Season 1 – will continue to contribute to “Operation: Good Guys,” as Mazouz labeled the plight. “Along with Bruce and Alfred, it’s really going to be the three of them,” he said.
So where does this leave Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle? In the Season 1 finale, it looked like she’d found a comfortable home among Fish’s crew. But that wound up being rather short-lived. And it’s not like she can exactly go back and crash at Barbara’s pad, right? “No, she hasn’t seen Barbara in a while because Barbara’s gone a little cuckoo,” Bicondova laughed. “Barbara has to deal with her own issues for a while. So Selina has a new place. I can’t give away what it is, but she’s got a new hang out.”
“Selina’s found a new group of people to be a part of,” she continued. “She’s obviously sad about Fish because that was the first time she had a female role model, but she’s figuring it out. She always finds a way. She’s a teenage girl so she wants to fit in some place, but not necessarily with a surrogate family. And that’s what we get to see within this season. Her trying to figure out whether or not she fits with the evil side or the good side. Because she knows the difference between right and wrong, she just has a strong survival instinct and that makes her have a different perspective than most other people.”
As for Jim Gordon? Well, Selina may not be on the best terms with him after almost allowing him to die at the hands of Fish and Maroni. “She respects Gordon for wanting to change Gotham and wanting to do the right thing,” Bicondova revealed, “but then she also realizes she can use him whenever she wants. She can manipulate him however she wants to. She also doesn’t trust him fully because he’s a cop, so it’s very interesting, that relationship.”