Den of Geek visited the Gotham set last week, and got a look at some of the behind-the-scenes happenings for Gotham season 2. While there, we had the chance to catch up with David Mazouz (aka Bruce Wayne) who gave us some insight into what Bruce will be up to in the comic book TV show’s sophomore season.
On the discovery of the maybe-bat cave:
“That discovery, what he finds at the bottom of those stairs, it’s going to change the course of his whole life entirely and every aspect of his life, along with it. It’s going to change his relationship with Alfred, the way he sees Alfred, the way he sees his parents, the way he sees himself, really, because he identified with his parents. And he’s gonna learn a lot about his dad. He’s gonna learn a lot about Wayne Enterprises. And it will bring him a lot closer to finding out who killed his parents.”
On Bruce and Alfred:
“Alfred and Bruce have gone through some struggles in the past and they will go through some more in season 2, but — once they get past them — they’re really going to start to be on the same team. With Alfred, you’ve had a father/son relationship, you’ve had a mentor/student relationship. You’ve had a butler/master relationship. At the end of season 2, you’re really going to see the mentor/student relationship take off. They’re gonna train. They’re gonna get to work. They’re gonna take down Wayne Enterprises. This is happening.”
On Bruce and Gordon:
“[Bruce and Gordon have] never been closer. They’re more than detective and victim. That’s kind of was what it was in the beginning, it was business. They met because I’m trying to find out who killed Bruce’s parents, but, in the beginning of season 2, you’re going to see … they’re friends now. They care about one another.”
On Bruce and new villain Theo Galavan:
“Theo Galavan and Bruce have a relationship. Whether it’s a healthy one, I don’t know. Galavan needs Bruce for a very specific reason in part of his master plan. And Bruce is unsuspecting, at first. But Galavan does something for Bruce that he’s very thankful for so Bruce will slowly start to fall into Galavan’s trap.”
On Bruce, Selina, and new girl Silver St. Cloud:
“[Bruce and Selina are] still friends. They still know each other, but, at the beginning of season 2, when they meet, Selina kind of isn’t very nice to Bruce. And, so, when Bruce meets Silver — Silver St. Cloud through Theo Galavan — and then Selina comes back into the picture, Bruce kind of doesn’t need her anymore. She was mean to me. I have Silver now. Then it becomes a very interesting dynamic between the three. It becomes a very interesting triangle.”
On developing Bruce’s “playboy persona”:
“There’s two main parts to Bruce’s life right now. He had his Operation Good Guys side. The cave falls under that. Alfred falls under that. Lucius Fox falls under that. Training falls under that. Taking down Wayne Enterprises is there. And then he has his I Met A Girl side. And that’s Silver, that’s his social life. Developing the playboy attitude is still in the Operation Good Guys part. It’s Alfred teaching him and Bruce learning that Gotham is a game. If you wanna get somewhere in Gotham, there’s a game you have to play. It’s a game of manipulation. It’s a game of corruption. And it’s a game that Bruce has to learn.”
On developing Batman-like abilities:
“[Q: Are we going to see Bruce develop some Batman-like skills in maybe fighting and maybe technology?]
Definitely. All of that. Training is one the rise, especially in the second half of the season.”
On Bruce and Lucius Fox:
“That Operation Good Guys side, that’s going to turn into his Batman side … At the beginning, it’s only Batman and Lucius, and so those are the only two people that know about the cave and it’s going to stay that way. Lucius is definitely gonna help him on his path.
I think, as of now, Bruce doesn’t really see Lucius as a mentor, but more as a partner and a friend and as someone who can help him.”
On what he wants for Bruce in season 2:
“I really want Bruce to interact with some more characters. [Q: Any in particular?] Penguin and Riddler. I’m dying for Bruce to meet them.
Also, I really want Bruce to meet a friend. Someone his age who’s a boy. Just somebody he can talk to. He doesn’t really have a lot of friends his age besides girls that are trying to manipulate him.”