At the end of Gotham season 3, the Fox series presented what was effectively the first look at Bruce Wayne fighting crime. However, he’s not Batman. He doesn’t have the costume or the alter ego yet, and other than possessing some fighting skills, he doesn’t quite know precisely what he is doing. This is a very early version of the character, but it’s a role that he should become increasingly comfortable with over time.
Patience is the key here, and not just for Bruce — also for us. We don’t really want to see him become Batman right away, given that there is no reason to rush into that sort of transition. This is someone who is at the moment still trying to figure out how to survive, and the character’s name is Batman. It’s not Batboy, and right now Bruce is still very much a boy. He’s been through a lot, but things are going to get so much worse before they get better.
In speaking about some of his character’s training — which could include fighting alongside Ra’s al Ghul — actor David Mazouz had the following to say to TV Guide while at the TCA Summer Press Tour this past week:
“He’s really going to be devoting all of his time and all of his energy [to fighting crime] … His purpose at the beginning of Season 4 is going to be training.”
So who will he be fighting? Probably the likes of common street thugs, given that he is by no means ready at the moment to be able to go out and take on the likes of Oswald Cobblepot or Victor Fries. This is someone who’s probably going to get his butt kicked here and there, and he’s lucky that he is going to get a chance to have a trainer at home in Alfred to go along with whatever Ra’s al Ghul brings to the table. The problem is that there may be further tension that goes along with that — hey, Bruce is in his rebellious teenager years. Alfred’s going to have to be aware that Bruce isn’t always going to listen to him, and he just has to try and use his unconditional love to keep him safe whenever he can.
New episodes of the Fox series will premiere later this fall — just remember that the show is moving to a new timeslot Thursday nights after spending the first few years situated on Mondays.
What do you want to see from Bruce Wayne over the course of Gotham season 4, and do you think that it’s still to early for the name Batman to be spoken? Share in the comments below!
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