Fox's Gotham Has Cast Tween Batman and Catwoman

By Kaitlin Thomas

Mar 04, 2014

Everyone, meet Batchild! 

Fox's Gotham, which tells the origin story of Gotham City Police Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon and NOT the origin story of Batman—as the network has been careful to emphasize—has gone ahead and cast a young actor in the role of preteen Bruce Wayne: David Mazouz, who was last seen in Fox's Touch, will play the kid who grows up to be Batman. When Bruce's story begins, his parents have already been murdered and he's relying on help from Alfred Pennyworth and Gordon.

Gotham has also cast its Selina Kyle, a.k.a. the woman who will someday be Catwoman. Newcomer Camren Bicondova will play the orphaned teen, who's described as being a "skilled pickpocket," "wholly unpredictable," and "dangerous when cornered." Both Mazouz and Bicondova will be series regulars, joining a cast that already includes Southland's Ben McKenzie as the star detective/future commissioner, Elementary's Sean Pertwee as lil' Wayne's protector Alfred PennyworthSons of Anarchy and Vikings and TerriersDonal Logue as Gordon's partner and mentor Harvey Bullock, and Jada Pinkett Smith as a sadistic gangster boss named Fish MooneyGotham already has a series commitment at Fox.

Given that Gotham is focused on Gordon's origin story and not Batman's, I do find it a little bit strange that Mazouz and Bicondova will both appear as series regulars. Yes, McKenzie's Gordon will be looking after Bruce—after all, the young lad is heir to a floppity jillion dollars—but it's always been my impression that Gotham's premise is more along the lines of a cop show set in Gotham City, not Adventures in Babysitting.

And on another note, does the world care enough about Jim Gordon to be interested in his origin story? It's not that I don't love Ben McKenzie (Ryan Atwood for life!) or that I'm not looking forward to seeing what Gotham has to offer, but with so many comic book adaptations coming to TV these days, does the character of Gordon command enough attention to be successful? It's starting to feel like Fox wanted a Batman origin story, but knew that it would be silly to attempt one so soon after Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, so it went with the next best thing. 

Or maybe I'm just a little worried that Gotham might now be in danger of turning into Rugrats: Batman Edition.

How do you see Lil' Wayne fitting in to Gotham's overall story? Do you like the casting casting choice?

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  • Kallenprice97 Mar 27, 2014

    I agree -- focusing on Gordon's origin is unappealing. I'll check it out but not holding out much hope.

  • GirishKrishna1 Mar 21, 2014

    That boy was so annoying on Touch. Don't have much hopes for this show.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 05, 2014

    Jim Gordon is great, this show's premise is not, and now seeing how young the kids are, I want to get the hell away from it as far as possible.

  • Akyriel Mar 05, 2014

    I also just realized this: What about Barbara Gordon who becomes Batgirl? Would that not have made more sense than casting Catwoman at this time? Also, Gordon's wife?

  • Sw33tEscape Mar 12, 2014

    I think it's because Batgirl is younger than Batman, so wouldn't she be like a baby now?

  • sleepy-sonic Mar 05, 2014

    I'll try this just cause I'm big Batman fan and I like Ben McKenzie.

  • cmb3 Mar 05, 2014

    If a young Bruce and Selina solve crimes together somehow, either with or without Jim Gordon this show is going to be terrible. A show like this needs a young Bruce Wayne, but not as a regular. I was worried that FOX wouldn't be able to make this as dark and violent as it needs to be, and the potential focus on two kids just confirms that.

  • RobinRyschlic Mar 05, 2014

    This is too random and too soon to be labled good or bad for me. I''ll give it a shot.

  • Akyriel Mar 05, 2014

    If this were a young Gordon in Gotham, as it deteriorates into a crime ridden city of nutcases, that also features the beginnings of Arkhan Asylum, it might be pretty cool. They could develop known characters as well as create new, if lesser, gang and/or mob members too. I could even see the Wayne family and their money being a part of this.

    In a later season season, they could have the death of the Waynes and Bruce left behind to be raised by Alfred. I would would think it funny if they brought in an Aunt Harriet to help. However, it would be a subplot to Gordon and Gotham's story overall. In a series finale, Gordon meets Batman after incidents during the season of a caped vigilante. We know the rest.

  • cmb3 Mar 05, 2014

    This sounds brilliant, which means it's almost guaranteed not to happen. I'd 100% watch the show you just described.

  • Akyriel Mar 05, 2014

    Just realized the finale season might need to have a bit of a time jump, but still...

  • Akyriel Mar 05, 2014

    Forgot to add that what they are doing here seems a bit of a mess, but oddly interesting. I'll be real curious to see how it does after a few episodes.

  • safibwana Mar 05, 2014

    The only way they are going to make this interesting is if Gordon is actually the secret biological father of Bruce and Selena. That would give me giggle fits.

  • dashheadlong Mar 05, 2014

    I'm now a little concerned about the liberties they are taking with this show. What's the deal with the ages of these characters? They're all over the place. I really don't get it.

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