The roles just keep getting filled for Fox’s upcoming Gotham TV series, following Jim Gordon – played by Ben McKenzie – in his early days as part of Gotham City’s police department. Following that announcement, Fox let the dam burst, announcing the first villain, love interests, and even a brand new Alfred.
Now that Bruce Wayne’s iconic butler has been cast, it’s all but certain that the 10-year old billionaire rumored to appear as a series regular will be the next role on the docket. Later reports pegged Wayne’s age at 12, but the window seems a bit larger now, given the age of both Gordon and Alfred – but even if the age is clearer, who will be cast?
Here is our list of 5 Actors Who Could Play Gotham‘s Young Bruce Wayne.
He may have burst onto the scene playing a young version of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in Marvel’s Thor, but that doesn’t mean a trip into the DC universe is out of the question for Ted Allpress. In fact, his ability to portray a sense of corruption or sinister potential just under the surface would serve him well in the suit and tie of the young Master Wayne.
Just how much will be expected of the young actor cast in the role isn’t clear, but Allpress certainly looks the part and has already rubbed shoulders with some Hollywood greats. Leaping from Marvel to DC may be a dangerous prospect for some, but playing a deeply troubled orphan in a comic book adaptation has to count for something.
Add Chandler Canterbury to the list of young actors who have already worked alongside some award-winning actors and actresses. After playing the titular character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, this Houston, Texas native has appeared in the likes of Knowing, Repo Men, and the young adult novel adaptation The Host.
At 15, Canterbury is certainly older than the rumored age of Gotham‘s Wayne, but we can’t help feeling that the showrunners may end up embracing the notion of a teenage Wayne, with the typical angst and brooding completely justified in this case. Canterbury has proven himself to be a young actor to watch, and we’d be happy to see him alongside McKenzie’s Gordon.
One might consider an actor who had worked with directors Rian Johnson (Looper) and Spike Jonze (Her), and starred alongside Jonah Hill by the time he entered high school, to be lining up work left and right. But strangely enough, Max Records has been out of the spotlight since 2011.
We have no doubts that given his work in Where the Wild Things Are and The Brothers Bloom, Records could easily handle the pressure and challenge of portraying the troubled Wayne heir, given his knack for portraying children both unique and endearing. We don’t know what’s keeping him away from the screen, but a role like this could be right up his alley.
We don’t know if it’s 13 year-old David Mazouz’s role as a mute child in Fox’s Touch that has us convinced he could play an entertaining (if introverted) Bruce. Or perhaps it’s the simple fact that, despite his standout performance, the show was canceled last spring, giving Mazouz plenty of time off for other projects.
His suitability for the role depends largely on Fox’s vision for their corner of the Batman universe. Will Bruce Wayne be lost to his misery until deciding on a new mission for his life after coming of age, or will he already have learned to put on a happy face? If it’s the former for Gotham, then Mazouz would be a smart pick.
Griffin Gluck may seem an odd entry on our list, given the nature of his admittedly respectable resume. With roles in Just Go With It, United States of Tara, Private Practice and A Boy’s Life, Gluck has distinguished himself as a talented comedic actor already. And now that his most recent series Back in the Game has been canceled before completing its first season, he may be looking for another series.
Gluck is only a risk in the sense that he has seemed most at home in a broad comedy or darkly humorous atmosphere – something we don’t anticipate for Gotham. Then again, comedic timing is hard to come by, and if the young actor is looking for a chance to try something a bit more serious, his past work is more than enough reason to give him the opportunity.
That concludes our list of actors that we feel could bring all the necessary skills to a younger Wayne (while also currently enjoying a spacious work schedule). It’s still difficult to determine just what the people in charge of Gotham are aiming for, but if young is the target, these actors have serious potential.
What do you think of Gotham‘s pitch for a young Dark Knight? Is it too young for the character to fit with the tone of the show, or do you think it’s inspired? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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