As is befitting of the sprawling fictional city that gives the series its name, FOX’s Gotham has always had quite the large population of characters. Nearly every major character from the Batman canon has already been introduced in some form, with even more set to join the fray during this fall’s season 3, including memorable villains like The Mad Hatter, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Solomon Grundy. However, it appears that not even that packed line-up is enough for Gotham star David Mazouz, who plays young Bruce Wayne.
In a recent interview, Mazouz shared his idea for introducing a famous name from the heroic side of the fence to the Gotham mythology, albeit from outside Batman‘s neck of the DC woods. That said, while this character isn’t a Gotham resident, he’s certainly been established as Gotham adjacent, at least if a certain 2016 Zack Snyder blockbuster is any indication of DC’s on-screen geography.
That’s right, according to what Mazouz told IGN, he wants to bring a teenage Clark Kent into the Gotham fold:
“I think it’d be really cool to have a young Clark Kent on the show. To have a 15-year-old Clark Kent. I know in Batman v Superman they played it like Metropolis and Gotham are twin cities, so it wouldn’t be that hard to take a boat ride over for Clark.”
While Mazouz acknowledges that legal wranglings might make it difficult for Clark to actually appear on Gotham in the flesh — especially since Superman (as played by Tyler Hoechlin) is soon to join the cast of The CW’s competing Supergirl series — he even has an idea of how to introduce the existence of Kal-El to viewers:
“Clark Kent as a teenager saves a busload of kids from drowning, right? It would just be really cool to just start a scene in the GCPD and just pan, like start on a newspaper that says, 15-year-old boy in Metropolis saves busload of kids from drowning. And then just pan up and have a regular scene that has nothing to do with the … throw a little hint…referring to the fact that Gotham is a part of a larger DC Universe.”
Although the chances of the FOX and The CW televised DC universes ever colliding seem slim at this point, one wonders whether this scenario couldn’t ever be in the cards. With Gotham continuing to be a success, there’s no reason to believe that it might not remain on the air for many seasons yet to come. If that ends up being the case, it’s not too hard to imagine the two shows eventually working out some type of crossover, especially since they’re both produced by the same studio. The logistics of the whole thing would obviously be another matter, as Gotham often has a wildly different tone than The CW’s corresponding DC offerings.
Whether it happens or not, a meeting between teenage Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent is certainly a fun possibility to think about, if only to see their shock at finding out that their mothers have the same name, and that they’re both orphans. Then again, it’s doubtful that Clark would reveal the whole “alien” thing to Bruce, as that would probably be a bit much for 15-year-old Bruce to process.
Gotham returns for season 3 on September 19, 2016.