Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with David Mazouz and Alexander Siddig (Ra’s al Ghul) talking about “Gotham” season 4, recorded back in August, when both actors attended the TCA Summer Press Tour.
In the same article, “Gotham” executive producer John Stephens commented on how Selina’s new allies this season will influence her:
Then there’s Selina, who has teamed up with Tabitha and Barbara to form what Stephens calls a “little family.” According to Stephens, “They both function as almost a mother for mentor figure for Selina, both teaching her different elements that will become part of the Catwoman psyche.”
TV Insider shared a new sneak peek at tonight’s season premiere of “Gotham”, where Bruce pays Jim Gordon a little visit at the GCPD. You can watch the scene below:
There’s more! David Mazouz also talked about Bruce’s motivations for becoming a vigilante in season 4, and how it’ll impact his life:
“I feel like Bruce really has evolved in a major way. We pick three months after Season 3 ended and within that time, Bruce has been vigilante-ing out on the streets. And, of course, that’s going to change a person. That’s going to make them more tough, more raw, and that’s exactly what Bruce is now.
A big, big reason why he’s doing this vigilante thing is because it’s fun. Bruce is doing it because he’s having the time of his life. As a teenager, he wants to just have fun, do what he wants to do, like most teenagers; I can very much relate to that myself. And that, obviously, is not why Batman does it.”
Hinting that “a very traumatic experience” will lead Bruce to make a decision “that will change his life — his entire life — forever,” the 16-year-old actor reveals that his fledgling crimefighter’s nocturnal activities will divide the key players in town, including two of his previous allies. “Bruce’s mission gets in the way of his relationship with Selina (Camren Bicondova) and he has to choose between the two. And not just Selina, it also happens with his relationship with Gordon (Ben McKenzie).”
“Gotham” season 4 premieres tonight, at 8/7c, on FOX.
A new character is coming to “Gotham” in the remaining episodes of this season, and it doesn’t sound good for Bruce:
Raymond J. Barry has been cast in a recurring role opposite David Mazouz on Fox’s Batman origin series “Gotham”. Barry will play the temple Shaman, a mysterious figure who enters Bruce’s (Mazouz) life with the stated intention of unlocking the potential of his own mind. While the Shaman says the fate of Gotham depends upon Bruce becoming the man the city needs him to become, the truth behind his intentions proves to be far more sinister. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Barry’s credits include “Training Day”, recurring roles on “Ray Donovan” and “Ice”, and “The Purge 3”. He is repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency and manager Bob McGowan.
The very first teaser poster for the third season of “Gotham” was released by Zap2it today, and was added to the gallery:
Link to the gallery:
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With the Court of Owls set to play a major role in Season 3 of “Gotham,” Zap2it can exclusively reveal the FOX show’s San Diego Comic-Con poster, which warns that “All will be judged.”
After it was revealed this secret group was responsible for unleashing Hugo Strange (BD Wong) in Season 2, they’ve got big plans for Gotham City now that the monsters created in Indian Hill are on the loose. “We will dive much more deeply into them in Season 3,” executive producer John Stephens previously told Zap2it. “The Court of Owls, this sort of illuminati group that’s been pulling the strings behind Gotham for centuries and might be the real culprits in the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, among other things.”
Given their likely connection to the Wayne murders, it makes the Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) double all the more interesting. What is the Court’s link to the Wayne family? How much control will they be able to exert over Strange’s monsters? If all will be judged, who will possibly survive the coming onslaught?
These questions and more will surely be addressed at “Gotham’s” San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 23, and when the series returns for Season 3, Sept. 19 on FOX.
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Sean Pertwee gave an interview to Bleeding Cool where he talks about his character and the relationship between Bruce and Alfred:
DAN WICKLINE: You’re playing an Alfred Pennyworth that is much more capable in a physical sense as compared to the character’s origins. That has been more of a recent change to the character. How familiar were you with Alfred going in and did you know you were going to be playing a more modernized and action-based version?
SEAN PERTWEE: Bruno [Heller] and Danny [Cannon] asked why would this guy [Alfred] take the job and it became obvious, because he had just inherited the most valuable asset and most valuable produce of Thomas Waynes’ life. Which is his most beautiful son, Master Bruce. Alfred blames himself when the Waynes are assassinated because he was supposed to protect them. Alfred was SAS as we now know and he blames himself. So their relationship has developed from there and people had never seen Alfred at this stage of his life. As young as he is there had to be a reason for him to be there and that’s because Thomas Wayne trusts him so much. And that’s why he inherited the parental role that he struggles with.
We know where Alfred ends up, but now we see how he affects Bruce’s life as an enabler and instilling both the training and morality that we see later in Batman. And it’s exciting to play the origins of a character that is so well known and loved.
DW: Most of your scenes are with David Mazouz, what is your relationships with him off-screen?
SP: He’s become like family. He comes over and visits on holiday with my sons and things like that. I love him like my own. He’s an extraordinarily generous actor, deeply intelligent, and irritatingly brilliant actor. Fun to be around and we have, I hope, an incredible chemistry on screen. We know what each other are thinking and that’s the point. We have a real genuine relationship and look out for each other.
DW: As the series has progressed, Alfred seems to be moving away from the parental role and more towards being a partner. Where do you see that flip taking place and how much of the parental role do you still see taking place?
SP: That’s the interesting line, they don’t have a normal relationship. At the end of season two Alfred told Bruce, “do what you’re going to do, but tell me what you’re doing.” They’ve butt heads for so long that what has come back has come back stronger. Their relationship is something that can’t be replicated. It’s strong but dysfunctional and where most relationships for them don’t work, theirs does. He worries about what would happen to Bruce if he wasn’t there. Alfred has never had the capacity to love and he has post-traumatic stress disorder as does the boy, that’s what brings the two of them together. They need each other. Alfred learns as much from Master Bruce as Master Bruce learns from Alfred. It’s a bizarre relationship but it’s also a bizarre parental one as well. They will basically work to become the original dynamic duo.
DW: Where would you like to see Alfred go in season three?
SP: I’d like Master Bruce to listen to Alfred occasionally, obviously. I’d like to become more part of his life. At the end of season two, we’re exposed to the Court of Owls and Bruce will learn that there is a very small portion of Gotham that is good and trustworthy. And with Lucius Fox joining the good guys I’d like to see an adherence to the good guys and Alfred being more part of Bruce’s life and his trust.
“Gotham” executive producer John Stephens talked to CBR News prior to the season 2 finale, and here’s what he had to say about Bruce’s evolution in seasons 2 and 3:
Hugo Strange refers to his employers as “masters.” Who are the Court of Owls, and how much are we going to learn about them in the finale?
The Court of Owls is like an Illuminati. They are a shadowy group of powerful people who have controlled Gotham for centuries. They might, or might not, be behind the Wayne murders. They have financed and directed Indian Hill and Hugo Strange’s research. We will not learn all that much about them in the finale, save for the fact they are the people behind Hugo Strange and are most likely the culprits behind Martha and Thomas Wayne’s murders. Bruce will learn of their existence, but not necessarily their name. That will obviously push him forward.
Bruce and Lucius are currently being tortured by Nygma – what does that mean for these three characters?
What we gain from that is all three are intellectual, especially Lucius and Nygma. Also, we as an audience have a great deal of affection for Nygma. In having watched his development from quirky forensic guy past two seasons, I hope when you are watching it, even though you are pulling for Bruce, that your sympathies are a bit divided because there’s a great deal of affection for Nygma.
Speaking of character growth, Bruce Wayne isn’t the same teen audiences met in Season 1. How far along the path is he to becoming Batman?
He has a long way to go. Our thinking is that, in every season, we’re going to start trying to add another piece of the Batman jigsaw puzzle. For instance, in Season 3, we’ll be adding another huge piece of the puzzle that will go into being Batman. He still has a long way to go – physically, emotionally and intellectually – in all those different facets.
When you saw episode 10 this year, where he and Selina ran a con on Silver St. Cloud and he appeared to be one thing over another – you saw him really step forward and be a different person than he had been before. To me, that was a big step forward to him becoming Batman.
About tonight’s finale, Stephens added:
A lot more of these creatures are going to come out of Indian Hill, who are going to lay the groundwork for a lot of the future Batman villains. In the very last scene of the episode, we’re going to see a twist which is going to up the ante for everything in Season 3. I would definitely wait around for the very last scene – that’s when the biggest reveal of the episode happens.