Gotham actor David Mazouz has stated his desire to introduce Clark Kent and the wider Bat-Family into the show in some capacity and has shared some of his ideas on how the series could go about doing so. Gotham recently aired its winter finale episode and Mazouz’s young incarnation of Bruce Wayne is heading down a decidedly dark path. Having seemingly murdered Ra’s Al-Ghul and breaking his “no killing” rule, Bruce put the brakes on his crime-fighting career, fearing that he lacked the self-control required to be Gotham City’s hero. As a result, Bruce is currently caught in a teenage haze of girls, booze and partying and has even fired his beloved butler, Alfred.
Of course, Alfred’s imminent departure means that poor Bruce will be all alone in Wayne Manor but this wouldn’t be the case if he had any of his Bat-Family companions from the comic books to count on. The term “Bat-Family” collectively refers to Bruce’s various allies and whilst the membership often fluctuates, the group generally includes Alfred, the various Robins, Batgirl and, if she and Batman and on good terms at the time, Catwoman. Another frequent ally of Bruce’s is, of course, Clark Kent and not always just because their mothers have the same name.
The young man who portrays Bruce Wayne on Fox’s Batman prequel series has now claimed that he’d like some of those allies to be introduced in future episodes of the show. Speaking with ComicBook, Mazouz stated:
“It’s probably never going to happen, but it would be so cool for some kind of Clark Kent Easter egg come on the show. Even if it was just like a scene in the GCPD with Bullock reading a newspaper with a headline that says, ‘Teenage Boy in Metropolis Saves Busload of Kids.’ No one has to talk about it, just leave it there on the newspaper. Or, if the writers wanted to get creative, Clark Kent could take a boat ride over across the bay to Gotham and create a young friendship with Bruce Wayne I think that would be even more cool… In the comics, the Bat-family is such a big thing. I would like to see some kind of Bat-Family form, even if it’s not the traditional Bat-Family that we know from the comics.”
With Bruce Wayne recently being referenced in the Arrowverse for the first time, it’s certainly feasible that a Clark Kent Easter egg could find its way into Gotham. Sadly however, a fully-fledged appearance may be a little too much to ask for. Gotham has remained predominantly within the confines of the Batman universe thus far and there may also be some legal obstacles with regards to introducing wider DC characters. As for the Bat-Family, Gotham‘s Bruce Wayne already has Alfred, Lucius Fox and Selina Kyle on his side and as Mazouz himself suggests in the same interview, any other members of the group are either too young or not yet born in Gotham‘s timeline. As such, the Bat-Family will probably not be growing any time soon.
Although the young actor may be correct in his “never going to happen” assessment, it would certainly please viewers to get even a brief reference to a teenage Clark Kent over in Metropolis. Interestingly, the Grayson family have already debuted in an early episode of Gotham and it would certainly be possible for them to make some kind of further appearance, even if Robin himself would be too young to help Mazouz fight the criminals of Gotham City.
Gotham season 4 resumes in early 2018 on Fox.
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