Fox's Gotham series has found its Bruce Wayne and he's a preteen who's no stranger to the FOX network. Touch star David Mazouz has been cast to play the familiar role in the drama, which will focus on Detective James Gordon and the origin story of some of Gotham City's most infamous villains. Mazouz isn't the only younger actor to join the cast, as Gotham has also cast Selena Kyle.
Lest people react in shock that Gotham has cast a kid Batman, he's not Batman, he's young Bruce Wayne. The series's focus will be about Gordon and the villains, though Bruce Wayne will be a part of story. And casting fills in a major blank about the series, which isn't so much "Who will play Bruce Wayne?" as it is, "How old is Bruce Wayne during this time period of the story?" Barely a teenager appears to be the answer. Mazouz played Kiefer Sutherland's character's son Jake Bohm in Fox's short-lived numbers-focused drama Touch. Factoring in Mazouz's silent but expressive performance as Jake in the series, it's not hard to picture him playing a kid who's grieving the loss of his parents. According to WB's casting update, Mazouz is playing...
The preteen Bruce Wayne, sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents. Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon.
Serious and soulful seems right up Mazouz's alley. And it'll be great to see what kind of chemistry he has with Sean Pertwee, who's set to play Bruce's Guardian Alfred, and Ben McKenzie, who's on board to play the lead role, Detective James Gordon.
Here's a recent photo of Mazouz...
Next up, we have Selina Kyle!
The part of young Selina Kyle goes to Camren Bicondova, who's a newcomer to the acting scene, though she did appear in the musical drama Battlefield America in 2012. Selina Kyle, whom many will know better as Catwoman in her adult years, is described as:
A teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she's dangerous when cornered.
Bicondova may be relatively new at acting, but she's no novice at dancing, which may prove to be relevant. If they're looking to cast a young actor with cat-like grace and litheness, they picked an incredibly talented girl. Check her out:
Beautiful and incredibly talented! We'll have to wait and see how she fits in as the young Selina Kyle!
Gotham is based on DC Comics characters and will explore the origin stories of James Gordon and some of Gotham's most famous villains. Bruno Heller wrote the pilot script and is on board to executive produce, while Danny cannon is set to direct/EP the pilot. In addition to Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee, the cast will also include Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue, among others.