A teaser clip for Gotham season 4, episode 2 explains Bruce Wayne’s decision to suit up in a proto-Batman costume so early in his crime-fighting career. David Mazouz’s Bruce has been seen in the costume in various promotional materials for Gotham season 4, including the extended trailer that arrived earlier this month. The introduction of this eye-catching costume has caused fans to ask a big question: will Bruce properly become Batman this year?
There are plenty of other questions on the minds of Gotham fans, as well. Everyone has been left to wonder both why Erin Richards’ Barbara was absent from the Gotham season 4 premiere and when Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin will unfreeze Cory Michael Smith’s Riddler this season. Fans have been given an answer to one burning question, though: no, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney will not return in Gotham season 4.
Now, thanks to this new clip, an answer has also been provided with regards to Bruce’s motivations for donning a cowl at this particular point in his journey towards heroism. Judging by this preview video, it sounds like Bruce has opted to suit up for safety reasons.
“The whole uniform is extremely lightweight, and actually bulletproof”, Chris Chalk’s Lucius Fox explains, giving fans some insight into the specifications and capabilities of Bruce’s new threads. Bruce responds with a wry delivery of the words “I feel safer already”, which explains his motivations for donning this new suit: his homemade outfit from season 4, episode 1 wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of safety wear, which has inspired Bruce to seek Lucius’ help.
The new costume has received a lot of criticism, but it’s hard to deny how enjoyable it is, three years after Gotham premiered, to see Bruce properly fighting crime. Also, it’s important to understand that this is an early prototype - it's surely the first of many costumes that Lucius will make for Bruce. This isn’t intended to be the finished product. This version of the Batsuit only exists to keep Bruce safe while he learns the ropes of vigilantism.
The iconic design flourishes associated with Batman will surely follow in due course, as Bruce develops his crime-fighting persona and learns the importance of theatricality from Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows. For now, the suit is just for safety, but Bruce will surely learn, in time, that it has a large role to play: striking fear into the hearts of criminals.
Gotham season 4 continues next Thursday with ‘The Fear Reaper’ @8pm on FOX.