Comic Con: Playing Bruce Wayne is a “Role of a Lifetime” (‘GOTHAM’)
I had the privilege of meeting up with some of the cast and crew of Gotham at last week’s San Diego Comic Con. Now, I was only able to meet with 3 people; Danny Cannon (executive producer), Jada Pinkett Smith (plays Fish Mooney), and David Mazouz (plays Bruce Wayne). As much as I would have loved to meet with the whole cast and crew, the room was definitely packed with a lot of need and attention towards the show. This is a good sign!
By now, especially if you are reading this post, you should (somewhat) know what this show is about. If not, a synopsis is at the end of this post. The comic book world has graced our television screens in the past, but this year definitely adds the icing to the cake with The Flash, Constantine, and of course Gotham. I think Gotham is a cure for the FOX network and can hold against its competition.
I have and will always be a big fan of Ben McKenzie, who plays Detective James Gordon. From The O.C. and Southland I knew there would be no doubt I would follow this show, plus it’s Batman (minus the Bat)…how would I not watch! Okay, I realized I am mumbling…
I did watch Touch for the 2 years it was on television and was ecstatic after hearing David was cast as Bruce Wayne. He is a phenomenal young actor and his work will not be overlooked in Gotham. He was appreciative of having the role of Bruce Wayne saying, “it’s such an iconic role and a role of a lifetime.” Of course, being such a young actor…I’m sure his success will continue and he will have even more iconic roles to add to his resume. Now, Bruce Wayne isn’t your typical kid growing up. “He’s not a fun boy to be around” Mazouz explained and that he is “angry, dark, scared, lonely…and pushing himself to conquer fear, something a 12 year old shouldn’t be doing.” Mazouz went on explaining that the death of his parents (which is seen in commercials and prefaced in Batman movies) creates the tone of Bruce Wayne in Gotham. This was also his most memorable and emotional scene to ever film. Being that we have never seen Bruce Wayne so young, it’ll be fun to see where Mazouz takes this character.
When Jada Pinkett Smith walked to the table, her presence was so gracious and warming…absolutely nothing like her character, Fish Mooney…however Smith said, “She could hold her own in the Gotham world” and it is “amazing being a female villain in a male dominant world.” There is a lot of speculation on who her character could be related to in the series or who she works for (I’ll leave my thoughts out), but her goal is to take over Gotham. She did mention there will be back stories (flashbacks), including one on herself. We all love Jada and what she has brought to us on the big screen, but can we fall in love with her character on the small screen? Smith says we get to see Fish Mooney’s vulnerability and she is looking to be loved. This is her weak spot however in that she “gives her heart in one area and gets betrayed” no matter who it is. Her character is a “woman who wants to be connected, but doesn’t know how.”
Last, I got to meet with Danny Cannon who is one of the Executive Producers of the show. To Cannon, it seems the producers and writers are having a fun time creating a world that has never been done before. Cannon said it’s a dream state, “kind of what my fantasy of [Gotham] would be like” and that makes it even more exciting to see where they take the show, stories, and characters. “We’re spending a lot of time in the city and making it as real as possible” from the back of alleys, stairways, and places never shown before. The creators of the Gotham series truly have nothing to lose as fans have nothing to compare what they do on the show vs. what happened in the Batman series/comics (to a certain extent), but Cannon said the “viewers will appreciate how far back we are going with the origins story” and I am ready for it.
I think fans are in for a treat as this is currently the only comic book turned into a television series that really has no relation to the comics/movies except for the character names. The character stories will be the biggest test to intrigue viewers to keep on watching, but the creative developments are endless for the whole series. I encourage everyone to check this series out as the first episode will definitely keep you wanting more.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
You can watch the series premiere of Gotham, September 22, 2014 on FOX.