As Gotham reached its mid-season break, it became clear that Bruce Wayne was on his path to becoming the Dark Knight we all know and love.
Executive Producer John Stephens recently spoke with ComicBook.com about Bruce’s journey to Batman:
I think with all of these things, it’s a coming of age story. None of these things are going to be smooth or direct trajectories. It’s going to be a step forward, a step back, peaks and valleys. I think you’ll see Bruce make big steps towards becoming that person who’s going to be Batman this season, and then have failures and setbacks that sort of reorganize his life and readjust his priorities.
That means that Bruce’s journey to becoming Batman – or even someone who wants to become Batman, may seem like it’s going very fast at times, then slow or even reverse course.
I think we can keep pushing the boundary back, then having him knocked down and learning lessons. I think if you look at Bruce Wayne now in season 2, and look at the way David [Mazouz] plays him, you can look at him and see how this person could become Batman. You see that strength, and the desire to take chances and change.
He said ultimately, Bruce “doesn’t want to just be this hurt kid,” and what he does is all in the name of seeking control.
Gotham returns on February 29th at 8:00pm EST on Fox.