Has Gotham Earned Putting Bruce Wayne Into A Costume?

Recently we saw a trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Gotham and it showed Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in a costume. Not THE costume, but a costume. In truth, it reminded me of the movie Kick-Ass more than Batman. Now, I accepted a long time ago that Gotham is more of an Elseworlds story than the origin of the Batman we see in the main DC comic line. I've even seen some people on-line talk about the series feeling more like an Owlman origin. I don't know about that. I have been critical of the series in their portrayal of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who is completely unlikable, a horrible cop and makes all the wrong decisions. I like Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) more than Gordon. But I've been a proponent of their Bruce Wayne character arc. Seeing him growing up, finding that bond with Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and Lucius (Chris Chalk) and even the relationship with Selina (Camren Bicondova).


That said, I doesn't feel like the series has earned this new step. From the video below, Mazouz talks about the series building up to this moment, but I don't see it. Maybe it's because the actor is still so young. I was a teenaged Dark Knight… sixteen just seems way to early for Bruce Wayne to suit up. Gordon and Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) are close to 40-years old, seems strange to think of a 16-year old as a contemporary. Even with him hitting the streets at the end of last season, it felt like it would be another full season or two before he got close to being an actual vigilante. But like many things with Gotham, the seem to be speeding things along like they know they won't have too many more seasons. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

Gotham returns for season four on September 21st to Fox.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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