When Gotham returns, one of the most anticipated aspects of the revamped second season will be a more in-depth look at the cave, which David Mazouz warns should not be confused with Batman’s Batcave. To young Bruce Wayne, David says the secret cave is much more than a hideaway.
“It’s definitely not the Batcave,” Mazouz says, according to Coming Soon. “It changes everything in Bruce’s life. It changes how he sees Alfred, the criminal side of Gotham, even how he sees his parents…What is down there are clues to Thomas Wayne’s secret life and what he was trying to do before being killed.”
Even as a prop, however, the Gotham star reveals that just stepping onto the set evokes emotion and awe.
“It’s magnificent; it really is breathtaking. Everybody that walks onto this set has the same reaction. You walk onto this set and it’s really mind blowing!”
Mazouz says that the darkness and corruption from Gotham‘s first year will be carried over as Gotham continues and Bruce Wayne will begin to use the lessons he’s learned to his own advantage.
“I think over the year I just kind of learned who Bruce was: his weaknesses, his strengths, the things that he likes to do, the things he doesn’t – I really got to know who Bruce Wayne is… With that knowledge, I’m able to bring a whole new approach to season 2. That approach is that I think Bruce in season 1 was very honest, and very straight-forward, whereas in season 2 he learns that you can’t be that way in Gotham. (laughs) There’s a game you have to play. It’s a game of manipulation, a game of corruption, and Bruce is going to start to play it.”
One change in Gotham that has benefited David as an actor is that he has greater interaction with other Gotham characters, according to Comicbook. Mazouz recalls that throughout the entire first season of Gotham, he interacted with four out of 14 regular cast members. He says he knows the actors well, but, when it comes to their characters, David knows next to nothing about them.
“I remember one day we did a scene last year, later in the season, and Bruce was walking into a gun range, and Penguin was walking by right behind him – we didn’t actually talk or anything, it’s just one of those crossing by moments… But it was the first time I’d seen his waddle in person. I’d never seen it before, and this was like episode 20! I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I haven’t seen that!’ I realized it when I did.”
As the Gotham premiere draws near, Mazouz has just one hope for the character of Bruce Wayne and it’s something that seems as obvious to the fans as it does to the actor.
“I’d like for Bruce to have a friend! Just somebody his age, who’s a boy, who he can talk to. He doesn’t really have any friends his age, except for these girls who are trying to manipulate him.”
The Gotham premiere is scheduled for September 28 on Fox.
[Featured image: David Mazouz courtesy of Fox/Gotham]