While Gotham‘s protagonist is Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon, young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) will also be a key character in the Batman prequel series. A teenage Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is a series regular as well. Speaking with IGN, Mazouz and Bicondova discuss their roles in the series, as well as looking ahead to the future. Bicondova had this to say when asked about landing her coveted part, and role in the pilot. “I was actually pretty shocked, because she’s, you know… she’s great! But she’s not quite Catwoman. She’s in the teenage part of her life, so she doesn’t really know that she’s Catwoman yet. That’s a cool part to play. It’s kind of interesting because she steals so she can survive, but she doesn’t steal maliciously, if that makes sense. It’s not like she’s like, “I’m bored. I’m gonna go steal something.” She just needs it, so she steals it.” She adds, “As of right now, since we just shot the pilot, it was more like an introduction, so I haven’t officially met Gordon. But as far as I know, further down the road, I think their relationship gets close — with Gordon and Bruce Wayne.”
Mazouz joins in, commenting on how his character will eventually become Batman. “I think that it’s pretty cool knowing who your character is because, you know, I’m going to turn into Ben Affleck.” For those wondering, keep in mind that Gotham is separate from DC’s Cinematic Universe, so Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne (most likely) is not the same as Affleck’s. The former Touch star then adds that, “it’s going to be hard knowing what your character acts like and who he emotionally becomes as an adult. That’s why I’m not trying to study too much of Batman, because I’m not him yet. I’m his kid self.” Mazouz expands on this, praising director Danny Cannon and showrunner Bruno Heller, as well as confirming the 6-7 season plan for Gotham. “It’s going to be challenging, and it’s going to be cool also because you know, by the end of the show — which will run for six or seven seasons, fingers crossed — but, by the end of the show, I have to have that same emotional strength as Batman. So it’s going to be a challenge, and it’s going to be cool. I’ve been working with the directors. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon were amazing, working with me on the pilot. But I have to, progressively throughout the show, become that, from just a regular rich boy — who isn’t so regular — to becoming Batman, basically. So that’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be cool.”
For more from Mazouz and Bicondova, click the link above. Gotham premieres this fall on Fox.
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