EXCLUSIVE: Gotham's Mazouz Teases His Transformation into the Dark Knight

In the time of Gotham's greatest need, a Dark Knight will rise. With the subtitle "Legend of the Dark Knight," Season 5 promises Bruce Wayne's long-awaited transformation into Batman. Seeing as the beleaguered city was cut off from the rest of the world in the Season 4 finale, Gotham is going to need all the help it can get, but it seems the young vigilante is more than up to the challenge.

Speaking to CBR during a set visit in October, Gotham star David Mazouz offered some insight into Bruce Wayne's role in No Man's Land. He teased his character's dynamic with Cameron Monaghan's Jeremiah, explained how their relationship reflects an iconic dynamic from Batman lore and hinted at a major showdown. He also discussed Bruce Wayne's non-vigilante approach to helping Gotham, his evolving relationship with Jim Gordon and more.

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CBR: What has it been like for you to step into Bruce's role as the Dark Knight?

Mazouz: It's been really fun! It's been fun. Every time we do, we have another rehearsal. We actually have this really epic kind of iconic fight between Bruce and Jeremiah that we just rehearsed, coming up, and it's so much fun. I mean, our stunt guys are so good. They always know exactly what they're doing. I'm always so impressed. You know, they always kind of come in -- before they show me the fight -- and they're always like, "You know, you can always change anything." And I'm always like, "Okay, yeah, well, I have an idea of what I'd kind of like to see." And then they hit it right on and it's always perfect. It's great. It's great!

I mean, it's kind of weird, stepping into this role, because it's a whole other kind of role, in a way, and the scrutiny and pressure that comes with that has kind of been in the back of my mind, but also I'm mainly just excited. I'm excited for the fans of the show that have kind of stuck around five seasons waiting to see this. I'm excited for them to finally see it.

What's the dynamic between Bruce and Jeremiah like this season?

It's at its most adversarial ever -- than it's ever been. There's going to be a big showdown between the two. Jeremiah is kind of snaking his head around corners for the first part of the season, and then he has his time to shine and, boy, is it climactic. Yeah, he really goes after Bruce, and he kind of brings this very Joker-esque dogma that he and Bruce are long-lost best friends and that one can't survive without the other, which is obviously very reminiscent of the Joker's relationship with Batman, and of course Bruce hates Jeremiah more than anything and Jeremiah thinks they're best friends. But again, Bruce doesn't kill so he can't kill Jeremiah and Jeremiah loves Bruce so he can't kill Bruce, so it's kind of this, you know, unfortunately never-ending cycle of fighting between the two.

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