Season Three of Gotham promises to be an evolutionary one in the direction of the show. Central to the growth is the transformation of Bruce Wayne as he moves towards his ultimate ending of Batman.
A major storyline this season will be the introduction of a doppelganger that will challenge Bruce. The conclusion of Season Two saw Fish Mooney wildly driving a bus full of monsters out of the Indian Hill facility underneath Arkham Asylum. When she eventually crashes and the creatures emerge most are only revealed in silhouette or shadow – outside of one full face.
Flashing an eerie grin, the long-haired image with a far-off-gaze frames a youthfulness that's unmistakable. It was the face of David Mazouz.
In a recent set visit, Mazouz told ComicBook.com that it has been an enjoyable experience being used in two roles.
"In terms of fun, definitely the doppelganger has been more fun to play," he said. "I don’t want to give too much away, but this character is nothing like Bruce Wayne. The only similarity that they have is that they look shockingly like David Mazouz.
“Everything else about them, they think differently, they talk differently, they walk differently, they communicate differently. He’s pretty weird, the other guy."
While the actor wouldn’t reveal much, we've speculated a bit on who and what this doppelganger might be.
He added that the fun came with a considerable challenge. After two years of playing Bruce Wayne – and seeing that character evolve – to have to turn that entirely on its head was a difficult task.
"It was hard at first,” Mazouz said. “Figuring out what to do, because I didn’t want to overdo it, but I wanted to have a strong distinction between Bruce and this other character.
“It was a battle figuring out how exactly to play this character, but it’s been so much fun.”
The season was about six episodes into filming when the visit was made to the Brooklyn-based studio, and Mazouz tipped his hand that there will be shared-screens between his two roles in the early going of the next series of shows.
"Oh yeah," he said. "And that was weird. I played both roles against myself more than once, and it was weird, really weird. You'll see!"
Another thing that fans can expect to see is a more mature Bruce. One of those changes is reflected in his relationship with Selina Kyle, which might be going to "the next level" this year.
The growth of Bruce - and Mazouz, who is now 15 after beginning the series fresh off of turning 13 (and cast at age eleven) - has made the character more interesting to viewers. With the coming journey this season it has made the role more intriguing to the young adult playing it.
“I think in terms of interesting? Bruce has been moreso (than the doppelganger)," he said. "Bruce is changing. Bruce is becoming more of the man that we know from the comic books and the movies, and Batman in general."
We can all see when Gotham returns on September 19, 2016 at 8pm on FOX.