While the abundance of comic book movie reboots has given some fans a case of origin-story fatigue, Gotham has managed to carve out a well-received niche on TV as the ultimate Batman origin story. Rather than hitting the same Cliff’s Notes beats of how Bruce Wayne came to be a vigilante hero, the series has taken time to develop both the character’s progression and that of his future enemies.
In telling the story of a very young Bruce (David Mazouz), whose parents’ death was not only a motivating factor in his life but a recent event, Gotham introduced us to witness the rise of orphan thief Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), a.k.a. “Cat.” Much like their adult comic counterparts, Bruce and Selina have a complex relationship that has been both affectionate and contentious over the course of two seasons. As Bruce develops his “brat billionaire” alter ego in season 3, it looks like we’ll also see a new phase in his friendship with the future Catwoman.
Part of the character’s journey to manhood, as actor Mazouz explains to Comic Book, is developing “confidence” and “romance” in his life. Though he once only interacted with Selina to make use of her street smarts, his character will finally start to see her in a different light:
“Now, at this point, he doesn’t really need her anymore [for that], but he’s still friends with her. So the question is why? The answer is that they have this connection, and this connection will only grow bigger. That connection will lead Bruce to be determined to take things to the next level.”
While Bruce is learning to adapt to a very defined split in his life, between public persona and secret identity, Selina will also be struggling with two very different sides of her personality. The young Cat’s life so far has kicked her survival instincts into high gear, and she’s not always on the right side of the law when pursuing self-preservation. Bicondova notes that Bruce throwing Selina an additional curve ball with his “next level” ideas will be “overwhelming” for the character:
“She’s definitely weirded out by [Bruce’s new approach], because she’s starting to feel certain emotions that she’s never felt before. We saw a little glimpse of it in season two when Silver St. Cloud was introduced; Selina was feeling a little jealous, but she didn’t understand why. Now, she’s just overwhelmed by the different emotions that are happening. I think that’s the main thing.”
The actress had previously said of Selina that “I think just as natural as her goodheartedness is her evilness.” With a darker turn planned for the character in season 3, it will be interesting to see how she handles her relationship with Bruce, and if it’s her more “evil” side that appeals to his own darker nature.
Gotham season 3 premieres Monday, September 19 on FOX.
Source: Comic Book