Gotham Season 2 Episode 19 “Wrath of the Villains: Azrael” unleashed one of the most ruthless villains to the city of Gotham. Previously pronounced dead, former city Mayor, Theo Galavan (James Frain, The Tudors), was reincarnated back to life thanks to Professor Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong, Law and Order: Special Victims.)
However, this time, he did not introduce himself to the people of Gotham as the caring city mayor he used to claim, but rather, a ruthless villain hellbent on destroying now-former detective James Gordon. On the other hand, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz, Touch), and James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, The O.C. and Southland), were determined to prove that Professor Hugo Strange was indeed, “The Philosopher,” the man who hired a contract killer to murder Bruce Wayne’s parents.
The attempts to find out the truth, or better still, to get Professor Hugo Strange, who runs Arkham Asylum to confess to having been involved in the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents are fruitless, but Bruce was committed to seeing justice served, whether or not it’s done by the book.
Now, while Bruce Wayne is still far from acquiring the necessary qualities to become Batman, he might have already started plotting the idea of saving Gotham City from the wrath of the villains. Considering the fact the search for his parent’s killer is proving to be a pipedream adventure, he could yet decide to take justice into his own hands, which will lead to the introduction of Batman.
In the most recent episode of Gotham, Bruce Wayne witnessed one of the most amazing moments of his life. A terrifying villain scaling the walls of Gotham City’s buildings almost effortlessly, as Azrael evaded the police before disappearing into the streets.
The most intriguing part though was the manner in which Bruce Wayne stared at Azrael. It is almost as if he was partly excited while at the same time feeling challenged.
In DC comics universe, Batman scales walls, jumps from building to building, and even at times flies with the aid of a webbed chute attached to his costume.
Ideally, in order to become Batman, Bruce Wayne will have to come up with the idea somehow. In other DC comics films and animated series, he usually gets the idea when he first comes across a colony of bats that fly vigorously towards him.
However, while that might eventually be what gives him the idea on what character to imitate, the idea of becoming a vigilante who jumps from one building to the next could already be building within his mind. After all, how else do you deal with Hugo Strange’s lunatic villains?
Gotham Season 2, Episode 20 “Wrath of the Villain: Unleashed” will trigger a major battle between Theo Galavan/Azrael and Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Robin Taylor) while Bruce teams up with Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) to track down Professor Strange.
This is not the first time that Bruce Wayne has sought the help of Selena “Cat” Kyle, and as the series builds on this storyline, it continues to mirror the path that Bruce Wayne takes before becoming Batman (trying to pursue justice outside the legal system).
Unlike in other superhero TV shows based on DC Comics, Gotham creators took the long route by focusing on the early lives of still-to-be superheroes. Incidentally, it has become one of the best comic-based TV shows when pitted against fellow DC comics shows like Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. However, it remains to be seen whether or not we would eventually have a time jump in order to accelerate the process of making the likes of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle into Batman and Catwoman, respectively.
On the other hand, Professor Strange will continue to create his monsters. The likes of Harvey Dent will become “Two-Face” while Edward Nygma will be “The Riddler,” among others.
Looking at the current scenario in Gotham TV Show, it’s clear that Azrael, Mr. Freeze, Penguin, and The Riddler are almost ready to take up their roles. But can we say the same about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman? There is still a long way to go, but in the recent episode of Gotham, Azrael may have just shined some light on how Bruce Wayne develops the idea of becoming the masked vigilante.
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