Scoop: Fox's Gotham Casts Young Bruce Wayne and Future 'Catwoman' Selina Kyle

Gotham Cast Bruce Wayne CatwomanGotham has found its preteen Batman Bruce Wayne.

Touch‘s David Mazouz has been cast in the series regular role of the someday philanthropist/costumed crimefighter in Fox’s upcoming Commissioner Gordon origin series, TVLine has learned.

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As those familiar with Batman’s tragic beginnings know, young Master Wayne is an orphan following the murder of his wealthy parents. The serious, soulful kiddo grows up protected and guided by Alfred Pennyworth (to be played by Sean Pertwee) and Gotham PD detective/future commissioner James Gordon (played by Southland‘s Ben McKenzie).

Mazouz is best known as Jake, the mysterious autistic boy at the center of Fox’s Touch. His other TV credits include The OfficeCriminal Minds and Private Practice.

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Also moving into Gotham as a series regular: Newcomer (and Michelle Pfeiffer lookalike) Camren Bicondova as the teenage Selina Kyle (aka the future Catwoman). Another orphan (and a pickpocket), Selina is described as “wholly unpredictable” and “dangerous when cornered.” Kitten’s got claws, eh?

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  1. That’s an unexpected choice for Bruce.

  2. alistaircrane says:

    I am glad Catwoman will be part of this show. She is my favourite comic book character. Also happy they aren’t using the trashy hooker origin from Batman Year One, thank God! Looks like they are using Doug Moench’s origin story from Catwoman #0 (1994).

    • Just because she’s not a hooker now (too young for that!!), it doesn’t mean she won’t become one later, when she’s older (much older).

      • alistaircrane says:

        Hopefully Gotham won’t go there. It’s an EXTREMELY degrading depiction of the character.

        • I hope they do whatever they need to do to cleanse people’s minds of any memory of the Batman TV show of the 60’s. Modern Gotham has to be dark, dangerous.

          • alistaircrane says:

            No need to “cleanse memories”. Batman is a versatile character and open to interpretation. The 60s series is a classic for a reason. People need to embrace camp, not shy away from it. Nolan’s Dark Knight movies went too dark and weren’t entertaining, as far as I’m concerned. Adam West’s Batman is just as valid as Michael Keaton’s, or the Animated Series, etc.

          • Not if they want this show to be a hit he’s not. If Gotham is camp, it won’t last. Camp had its time and place. Today is neither.

          • dude says:

            Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is camp and look how that’s doing.

          • Justin says:

            I’m glad you said as far as you’re concerned. The Nolan films are the best interpretation of Batman ever. The campy sixties show would never make it in today’s age.

          • alistaircrane says:

            We need more camp in today’s world. Our entertainment is too dark and gritty and nihilistic. Above all else, Batman should be FUN.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Justin: “The Nolan films are the best interpretation of Batman ever.” No they aren’t. Maybe in your opinion, but that’s not a fact. So far, the best onscreen interpretation of Batman are the Tim Burton films.
            Dude: Agents of SHIELD is not camp. At all. If it were, the show would be a lot more fun to watch.

          • “We need more camp in today’s world. Our entertainment is too dark and gritty and nihilistic. Above all else, Batman should be FUN.” because above all else the very first thing that the story of a 12 year old who sees his parents gunned down in front of him should be is fun.

          • alistaircrane says:

            He rises above that traumatic incident to become the world’s greatest superhero, Michael. It’s too bad you’re so close-minded and only open to the grim and gritty interpretation. You’re missing out on a lot of good Batman comics, movies and tv shows.

          • Justin says:

            Alistaircrane: you are the one who is wrong and I doubt that any true Batman fan would choose camp crap from the 60s as the best interpretation of Batman. You may have not liked the Nolan movies, but you are in the minority. Batman is meant to be dark, and Nolan captured the true essence of the DARK Knight.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Justin: When it comes to superheroes like Batman, there is no one “right” or “proper” interpretation. All are valid. It’s too bad you are not more open-minded. You should read the book Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero by Grant Morrison. You should also read his entire Batman run, specifically Batman RIP and The Return of Bruce Wayne.

          • alistaircrane, Superman is the greatest superhero :) The story of Batman is the tragedy of Bruce Wayne. Campiness undermines the core of the story. Batman dancing the Batusi undermines the story. Batman using a Bat Credit Card to pay for Poison Ivy at a bachelorette fundraiser undermines the core of the story.

          • Justin says:

            Alistaircrane: I don’t know who you think you are to be telling people that they aren’t open minded just because they do not agree with you. You know nothing about me or what comic books and other versions of Batman I have seen. I dont need you to tell me what to read or watch. You like camp? Good for you. Many people do not.

          • alistaircrane says:

            No it doesn’t, Michael. You are fixated on this one, unwavering idea of what Batman is, but that’s just not the case. Batman is many things: he is the Goddamn Batman, the campy 60s Batman, the ridiculous Nolan Batman, Batman Beyond, Grant Morrison’s Batgod, etc. We may all have our favourite interpretations, but at the end of the day, all of these interpretations are equally valid.

          • alistaircrane says:

            This isn’t a numbers game, Justin. I guess you feel empowered because you feel like you are in the majority, but the majority doesn’t always rule. I am just as much of a Batman fan as you are even though I dislike the Nolan version. There are myriad versions of Batman, and all are equally authentic.

          • Justin says:

            Alistaircrane: Deal with the fact that people loved the Nolan movies. You may love camp. But that was never Batman. And no one who doesn’t love camp needs their minds opened ao they can then feel like you do,

          • Batman is what his creators intended him to be, not what other people who weren’t there when eh was created made him for reasons of commercialization and politics.

          • alistaircrane says:

            That’s also not true, Michael. Batman is a cultural icon at this point, and ALL of his history has to be taken into consideration, not just what his creators may or may not have intended almost a century ago. Bob Kane’s authorship does not last perpetually, especially when hundreds of writers have put their stamp on Batman over the years.

          • You may think so, but the fact remains that anything influenced by the 60’s TV show has failed. Whether it’s Batman & Robin or Birds of Prey. If you want Batman to last on TV, hopefully as long as Smallville did, then it cannot be campy, because if it is, it’ll fail. Last time they did Batman in that style, it killed the cinematic franchise.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Birds of Prey was hardly inspired by the 60s series, and may I remind you that Batman ’66 is one of the most beloved television shows of all time? I don’t expect Gotham to be full-on camp, but since this is a show about crazy people who dress up in wild costumes, they certainly shouldn’t avoid it like the plague.

          • The tone was campy, it was hardly serious. And yes, they should avoid it like it was the plague. It doesn’t matter what the character dress like. You don’t see Spider-Man create a dance craze.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Michael, I’m sorry you don’t have a sense of humor and that you’re so stuck on this notion that “your” interpretation of Batman is the only correct one.

          • There’s no world in which the Batusi-dancing Batman, or the credit card-carrying Batman is anywhere close to being the “correct one”. Those versions were born from an era in which comics were infantilized out of fear that reading them the way they were before would make kids gay or turn them into criminals.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Batusi Batman is just as valid as, for example, Nolan’s Batman. You seem to be unable to grasp this concept.

          • He’s valid within the confines of the series he appeared in. Outside of that, he’s not. This is a proven FACT. WB did a movie inspired by the tone of that show and it failed. They did a series parly inspired by the tone of that show, and it also failed. When they do things that are NOT tainted by that show, they succeed. That’s a proven fact.

          • alistaircrane says:

            You’re wrong again, Michael. Batusi Batman is every bit as much Batman as any of the other Batmen I have listed in this thread, not just within the “confines” of the 60s series, but as part of the legacy of Batman. Adam West’s Batman *is* Batman. At this point, it’s apparent you are not an openminded person and firmly believe only your interpretation is the correct one. That’s sad, because it’s impossible to have a conversation with you. Oh well. I tried.

          • You tried to force your idea that the 60’s Batman is a valid Batman. He’s not. He’s a PARODY of Batman, which is why any version of it is a failure. If this shows were to imitate that, it will fail, just like other attempts at imitating it have failed.

          • Jason says:

            Many shows that are camp; survive in this day and age. Buffy had an element of camp! Glee is complete camp! Dr. Horrible’s Blog is camp!!

          • The odds of Gotham being campy like the Adam West show are fairly low, so this argument is not going anywhere. If you can’t enjoy the show unless Batman dances around like a dork or unless the Penguin shoots him with sleep gas, then it’s your loss. Many more people have found ways to enjoy Batman without any silliness.

        • I do like that you cite Moench’s origin from 1994 and not whatever her current origin might be from the most recent zero issue, heh.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Her current origin is similar to the Doug Moench origin with Batman Returns elements mixed in for some odd reason (especially since the most recent Zero issue came out twenty years after Batman Returns).

          • That’s DC now. Decades behind the times.

          • Ehecatl says:

            “Decades behnd the times” huh?

            Yeah… Well, you can’t help it that nostalgia sells when the current version of these characters is utter garbage.

            I sincerely hope they stick with the Doug Moench model. He wrote Catwoman smarter, funnier, and sexier than anything you’ll ever read in comics today post-Frank Miller. I mean, I won’t say Doug was perfect (Guardian of Gotham anyone? Ew…) but that run before and after Crisis of Infinite Earths is unmatched. Brubaker and Cooke can eat their friggin hearts out compared to that. Which brings me to– why do people like their takes on Catwoman again? Along with Frank Miller, they completely removed the fun and wit from her character and led her down a deep dark hole that to this day, even after the New 52, has left her unintelligent, depressed, passionless, and washed-up. All just to make her more ‘gritty’. Oh yeah, clearly that’s worked out so well for her and her rapidly dwindling fan-base who miss the days when Catwoman used to be a symbol of female empowerment, audacity, and fun.

            Three cheers for being “Decades behind the times”!

        • Camp would be young Bruce dressing up as Robin so he can train his detective skills with Harvey Harris. Urgh. Pass.

          • alistaircrane says:

            I’d watch!

          • You and maybe two others. Everyone else would be as disappointed with that as we were with Birds of Prey.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Birds of Prey was a Batman-themed show done right for the most part. Great casting, costumes, etc. Only weak part was Dinah, but Lori Laughlin’s Black Canary more than made up for it.

          • if it was so great, why was it cancelled?

          • alistaircrane says:

            Don’t ask me! I wasn’t the one in charge at the WB. All I care about was that I was entertained from beginning to end with that series.

          • I’m sure many people were. And I’m sure many people liked Batman & Robin too. But if Fox wants Gotham to be a hit, they can’t cater to that demo.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Heck, I even own Birds of Prey on DVD! It’s fun to watch a show with kickass women, and I liked that they used the Batman/Catwoman daughter version of the Huntress. The episode where Barbara wore the Batgirl suit that allowed her to stand was pretty memorable, as was the epic takedown of Harley Quinn in the finale. Mia Sara was great. Why isn’t she on tv right now?

          • I recorded it off the TV, and I liked the episode with Barbara in the suit too. It doesn’t mean it was a good show.

          • alistaircrane says:

            If I was entertained by it and enjoyed it, it was a good show. Of course, you may disagree because we all have opinions. But there is no authority on what’s good tv and what isn’t. We like what we like.

        • nate says:

          how is it degrading when they’ve done it in the comins

          • alistaircrane says:

            When has it ever been NOT degrading to be a hooker?!

          • alistaircrane says:

            I hope that’s a joke. No one wants to be a prostitute. It is not a fun thing, or a good thing.

          • Ehecatl says:

            It’s degrading. It was a damned sin. Instead of Selina being a woman with the brains and self-respect to make it on her own and become the worlds greatest thief in spite of what it threw at her, she became a victim who sold her body and needed a man’s (Batman’s) example to make her want anything better for herself. And then again after Brubaker, she’s this retired, regret-filled, joyless automaton with all motivation and humor stripped away. And then again after Nocenti and Winick, she’s a pathetic, stupid girl with a crazed addiction and absolute emptiness inside.

            Catwoman used to be associated with class. With dignity and pride. With a sharp mind and a sharp tongue. With the thrill and audacity to be bad and not care if anyone noticed because she’s friggin Catwoman and does what she wants. And with the skill, education, and boldness to get away every time because she’s that good. Sure, she could feel angst and regret. But it didn’t wrap up her entire world to leave her some broken dole with no life in her eyes. There was just too much passion in that woman for her ever to be reduced to that.

            Until your glorious new “writers” got a hold of her….

        • Your Lover says:

          You interweb warriors are the worst.
          Your overly PC views kill anything interesting in the world.
          Not to mention you obviously do NOT get Catwoman in the least.

          • alistaircrane says:

            There’s nothing wrong with being politically correct. The people who bitch about other people being PC are generally racists, homophobes, sexists, etc.

          • Your Lover says:

            You are such a gigantic troll Ali.
            I’m neither PC or a racist homophob.

            I’m just not a fool like you.
            I can differentiate between fiction and reality.
            How many time have you spammed this and many other pages here?

          • Ehecatl says:

            Yes yes… anyone with another opinion that’s not yours is just a “troll”….

            Do us a favor a sod off if you can’t be bother to explain yourself or why we “don’t get Catwoman”. Please do tell us, oh knowledgeable one, what makes your observation so much better or more “right”. Please, do try to justify the broken, cynical, crying, jaded, victimized, motive-less Catwoman of today’s reading and tell me how it’s so much better and in line with what makes her ‘her’. Unless you’d rather just trade insults and continue prattling about condescendingly as you’ve been doing.

  3. Harry says:

    I couldn’t stand that kid on Touch. I’m sorry, but this show is shaping up to be a dud.

    • alistaircrane says:

      And how much footage of it have you seen?

    • kirads09 says:

      I thought David Mazouz was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on Touch. This gets me more interested in this show.

      • Lindasays says:

        I could not agree more! The child was perfection in Touch!! Sad that I had to scroll through an epic debate before I found a like mind, someone who stopped by to comment on the subject of the article and give kudos to the kids!

  4. Lauren says:

    Are they regulars or just recurring?

  5. Zathe says:

    What about Barbara gordon

    • alistaircrane says:

      She is Barbara Kean in this series, and she is Jim Gordon’s fiancee (or wife?), not his daughter.

      • alistaircrane says:

        When Frank Miller wrote Batman Year One, he wanted a dark and serious take on Batman and wanted to make it hard for a fun, light character like Batgirl to exist, so he created the character of Gordon’s wife and named her Barbara. He then gave Jim and Barbara a son named James Jr. But obviously Batgirl remained a popular character and remained around. The older Barbara was given the maiden name Kean, and Barbara/Batgirl was given a new origin where she was Jim’s adopted daughter. She was really Jim’s niece (his brother’s daughter) and adopted by Jim when her parents died (although it was suggested Jim was really her bio dad through an affair with Babs’ mother).

    • Kim says:

      If Bruce is 11-12 years old in this, that would mean Barbara Gordon/Batgirl wouldn’t even be thought of. She’s probably not even born yet.

  6. Andrew Hass says:

    I’m fine with both actors being casted for Gotham.I also hope the series is a dark because in a way the series is setting up for why Bruce Wayne becomes Batman in his adult years.So there has to be corruption and crime.However there can be some lighter moments too along the way.

    • alistaircrane says:

      So far, only the Burton movies and the 90s Animated Series have struck the right balance between light and dark in Batman’s world. The Nolan movies were way, way too dark and tried too hard to be “realistic” (which is ridiculous because Batman is a superhero. He’s a member of the Justice League. He has travelled through time and space, fought aliens, monsters, etc. in addition to street level crime. People forget that.). Hopefully Gotham will succeed in this area.

      • T K says:

        Disagree completely. Nolan films hit the nail on the head and this series would do well to match that tone, much like Arrow. No way they go silly and light.

      • murley says:

        While I enjoyed the Nolan films and their darker interpretation, I completely agree that Batman the Animated Series really struck a perfect balance with dark and light and I hope that this show follows suit. The grittiness of the Nolan films would be too much. L

  7. David4 says:

    This show feels like it’s too young. I feel like we are getting ‘Batman Babies’, like Muppet Babies but with Batman.

  8. Renny says:

    LOL.i thought they were gonna cast a 19 year old bruce wayne

  9. Scott says:

    There’s problems with a child having such a significant role. They can only work limited hours – so the casting suggests young Bruce won’t be a major focus, or the series will be more of a 13 episode type. It is called Gotham after all, so it won’t be a Batbaby show.

    • They didn’t have that problem with Touch, and he was much younger than he’ll be while shooting Gotham. Those problems shouldn’t be an issue to the audience.

      • Scott says:

        Touch was limited episodes filmed well in advance of airing so they could take their time. And its not as if the kid had a lot of lines to learn.

        • I’m sure that like with every TV show, they’ll film episodes of Gotham long before they air them. All that said, Bruce was never the star of this show. His appearances in them will be determined by the plot.

          • Scott says:

            Many US network shows film almost as they go. Its expensive to have unused episodes if a show gets cancelled otherwise. I’ve heard of episodes being finished literally the day before they are due to air. I understand this is peculiar to the US though, and cable doesn’t do it.

    • alistaircrane says:

      Bruce is not the focus of this show. Gordon has always been the central character.

      • Ehecatl says:

        And I hope that’s a good decision because I just don’t see there being enough meat to Gordon to carry the show. And I don’t see him being allowed to develop much because the majority of his development doesn’t really happen until after Batman’s advent. Hope they surprise me though.

  10. R.O.B. says:

    Is it me or does this kid look like a broccoli? That’s what I thought of when I was watching Touch. They’ve shaped this child’s head to look like broccoli.

  11. James says:

    Question (I hope comic book fans don’t get mad): Aren’t Catwoman and Bruce Wayne lovers at some point? The actress looks way older than Bruce to imply that (since this is a prequel I guess we won’t see that, but still).

    • Jason says:

      It’s like Star wars Nataie Portman was much older then Kid Vader! There’s probably a four or five year age difference.

  12. Mark says:

    If Selina Kyle (aka the future Catwoman) is appearing in this it throws the whole birds of prey storyline in Arrow up in the air. As Catwoman is a major character in that storyline. What a shame, Arrow has more promise to tell a better story, sorry but Fox has let me down to often…..

    • Isobel says:

      I think birds of prey in arrow is huntress, black canary, they’ve said the name Oracle may one day appear in the show, but maybe they’ll give Felicity that role, as I’d think Barbara Gordon would belong with Gotham

  13. Jon says:

    They’re seriously going that young for Bruce Wayne? Suddenly I’m not looking forward to the series.

  14. TinLV says:

    I’m on board with the casting of both of these young actors. The girl is better known for dancing, but hopefully she can act too. I’m looking forward to this series.

    The Batman of the 1960’s was basically a cartoon, I was about 12 when it came out and I was an avid comic-book reader and collector. I hated Adam West as Batman and thought the whole series was as dumb as a box of rocks. Do not see it as a ‘classic’ in any way.

  15. Michelle says:

    I’m a huge fan of Camren Bicondova. I’ve been watching her career for the last 3 years. She’s primarily a dancer ( if you haven’t googled Camren Bicondova or 8 flavahz. Then do it now). She’s a very talented young lady with an enviable work ethic. I was just routinely stopping by her twitter for new dance vids and I see she is going to be in an acting series. I saw her movie battlefield America but that was about it, I didn’t realize she was into acting on this level. Congrats Cam Cam not only is she beautiful, she’s multitalented in a very big way. I hope you go far and it’s nice to see the world recognizing hard work and talent aside from only a pretty face. I’ve never seen any batman movie but because of camren bicondova I will be watching :)

  16. Ehecatl says:

    My major complaint is that I don’t see how this show could be entertaining. The plot is predictable and I can’t imagine there will be much character progression, especially from our lead James Gordon. So what we’ll be left with is a show that really doesn’t go many places. It will show us the characters we want to see but then… what? I mean, it might be good enough to go 1 or 2 seasons, but anything beyond that will ensure this show gets repetitive fast. After all, things can’t look too good and James can’t succeed too much or else who needs a batman?

    But I am interested in seeing what they do with it. I’m skeptical but will give it a shot. Though I must say, I’m not liking the catwoman outfit… Seriously, how many times do we have to recycle that horrendously unattractive goggles biker-chick costume? Whatever happened to her wearing a mask or wearing something sexy because… I dunno… she’s catwoman and likes to do that sort of thing? For all the grief it gets, Jim Balent’s catwoman at least could make you believe she can have someone as disciplined and serious as Batman tripping over his own tongue. I mean, I don’t expect this girl playing Selina to dress like THAT at her young age and as much as I favor the 1970s Queen of the Underworld look Catwoman had over any other, I don’t suppose we’ll ever see that again– but is it too much to ask to ditch the aviator goggles?

  17. tima says:

    I just want to know why catwoman wasn’t casted black