Earlier this week, at FOX's Television Critics Association after party, IGN caught up with David Mazouz, the 15-year-old actor who portrays a young Bruce Wayne on Fox's Gotham, and got him to share his opinion on David Ayer's polarizing comic book movie, Suicide Squad.
"I just saw Suicide Squad," Mazouz told IGN. "I loved it!"
Much like Gotham, Suicide Squad is focused on making villains audiences can sympathize with and, at times, even root for. That's one of the main reasons Mazouz "loved" the film.
"You love them. They were bad guys, but you love them. And that is something that we do on Gotham, if you look at someone like the Penguin," Mazouz explained. "Any other incarnation of the Penguin that you see in the comic books, he's evil and just kind of this... and in Earth One by Geoff Johns, I'm thinking about it because I just read it, he's this mayor, and he's just evil. He's bad. There's nothing redeeming about him. He's just a bad guy. But with Gotham, you like him. He has redeeming qualities, he cares about his mom. And Robin Lord Taylor kills it, but you know that you're doing something right when you're rooting for the bad guy. He's a terrible, terrible person. He kills people with absolutely no regret. But you like him.
"When you think about it, it's insane that fans are voting for the bad guy. You know you're doing something right," he continued. "That's what Gotham is. That's what Suicide Squad did perfectly, also. They're these terrible people that -- Deadshot, he's this hit man that has no regard for life, I mean, he said it. 'I sleep like a baby even though I kill people on a daily basis,' and Harley Quinn is just this -- but you like them because they have redeeming qualities. They're fun."
With Season Two’s thrilling conclusion, Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in this dangerously corrupt city. Throughout the past season, Gordon’s moral compass wavered more than ever, as villains emerged from the city’s darkest places. With the help of Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), a brilliant psychiatrist secretly conducting horrifying experiments for Wayne Enterprises’ black-ops program, Indian Hill, familiar faces arose, including Azrael, formerly Theo Galavan (James Frain); Mr. Freeze (guest star Nathan Darrow); and Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith). Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne, with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth, and his ally at Wayne Enterprises, Lucius Fox, found out there are more secrets to uncover regarding the Waynes’ murders.
Heading into Season Three, GOTHAM will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: The Penguin; Edward Nygma/The Riddler; Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman; and Barbara Kean. GOTHAM also will dive into the origin stories of The Mad Hatter and the Tweed Brothers, and will peel back the curtain on the Court of Owls.
Season 3 of Gotham will premiere on Monday, September 19th at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.