In Gotham’s second season, The Dark Knight will finally rise.
After spending much of Gotham’s premiere season grieving his parent’s death, Bruce Wayne will truly become the hero he’s destined to be. And while he’s still years away from donning the cape and cowl, Bruce will embrace his alter ego by exploring Gotham City, teaming with Jim Gordon, and interacting with the city’s criminal element. Becoming the Batman is no small task, but thankfully actor David Mazouz, who plays Wayne on Gotham, is more than ready for it. During this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Mazouz discussed just how Bruce will become the Caped Crusader by utilizing his allies, using the bat-cave and perfecting his trademark playboy persona.
You found the secret room (the Batcave) in the first season. How does that develop Bruce’s transformation into Batman this season?
In every way possible. Bruce’s discovery of that room in the season finale was a turning point. It’s going to touch everything in Bruce’s life. It’s going to turn the page to a different chapter in every imaginable way on his journey to becoming Batman. In season one, Bruce and Alfred were constantly butting heads, but in season two, because of the cave, they’re going to go through a really rough patch. But one they get through it, they’re going to really start to become a team. They’re really going to have the Batman/Alfred partnership that you know.
Lucius Fox is also coming to the show, and is really going to help Bruce. Season Two is really going to be the transformation from Bruce Wayne to Batman. In season one, Bruce Wayne was grieving. He was determined, but he was determined to find out more about his parents and learn more about 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.
How exactly will we see this transformation?
It’s going to be through multiple things. Bruce Wayne has multiple personas. He has Batman persona, but he also his public playboy persona to fool everyone. And moving into season two, we’ll see more of that second persona from Bruce. Another way, on the villains side, we’re going to see the villains shift from mobsters to super villains. The villains that we know in Batman are going to be the ones who take over Gotham. Penguin is at the threshold right now, but he’s going to meet people who are ten times worse. And because the threat of villains is going to be so immense, the heroes will really have to team up. So you’ll see Bruce and Gordon team up a lot more. And because of that, Bruce will get out a lot more. Gordon is really going to start that mentorship we talked about. They’re really going to start to become closer, and because of that Bruce will find himself more involved with the crime world.
Any chance we'll hear Bruce practice his Batman voice?
[Laughs] No. My voice is still a little too high for that.
In becoming Batman, how will Bruce change his relationship with Selina?
I’m not sure, but I know that Bruce isn’t really aware of what Selina is up to right now. But if he did, he’ disprove. Like when we saw Selina kill Reggie, he stopped talking to her for a bit because he disapproved the action so much. Bruce and Selina have a certain chemistry that is unbreakable. For some reason, they both like each other. Whether that’s a brother-sister relationship, a friendship, or a romantic relationship , there’s something between the two that’s never going to change. They’re going to hit some rocky patches, but they’ll always get through it.
Will there be other characters who will influence Bruce?
It’s mainly just going to be Alfred, Bruce, and Gordon. There’ll be a little bit of Selina. The good news is, that’s mostly good people. Bruce obviously grows to become a good person, and those mentors are probably why. His influences are going to be huge this season, because he’s still growing. He really starts to discover the world in a new light. Those influences are going to be huge, and they’re going to lead into him becoming Batman.
Gotham’s second season premieres on September 21 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.