Did you enjoy Smallville but felt it lacked a baby Batman?
Did you watch Batman v Superman and wonder what it’d be like if the two main characters were teenagers?
If so, you might be in the same camp as David Mazouz, the actor who plays a young Bruce Wayne in Gotham. In a recent interview with IGN, Mazouz expressed interest in the idea of referencing the wider DC universe and tying the series closer to the events in the DCEU:
“I think it'd be really cool to have a young Clark Kent on the show. To have a 15-year-old Clark Kent. I know in Batman v Superman they played it like Metropolis and Gotham are twin cities, so it wouldn't be that hard to take a boat ride over for Clark…
“Clark Kent as a teenager saves a busload of kids from drowning, right? It would just be really cool to just start a scene in the GCPD and just pan, like start on a newspaper that says, 15-year-old boy in Metropolis saves busload of kids from drowning. And then just pan up and have a regular scene that has nothing to do with the ... throw a little hint.”
Considering the regularity with which Gotham has been adding new characters, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a few up front references to the Man of Steel (or, indeed, the Boy of Steel) pop up within the show.
It’s unlikely the happen, though, thanks to the classic infighting between the various studios that are working on DC properties. Even though Superman, Batman, and their various enemies are toys that can be easily shared, Warner Bros has historically been hesitant to let the various DC television shows wave the more popular characters around too liberally.
For example, there had been initial plans for Arrow to feature some version of the Suicide Squad, but plans for the cinematic adaptation of the source material shut these down – DC didn’t want to have to compete with itself for brand recognition. Similarly, the entire first season of Supergirl was bizarrely lacking in actual Superman action.
The idea of three actors providing three very different portrayals of DC’s most famous alien hero probably won’t sit well with the higher-ups at DC who are currently desperate to create a successful movie, to the point of sabotaging their own (fairly well received) television shows.
Even the subtler approach, as described by Mazouz with a background newspaper headline, could end up being too overt for a show that primarily keeps things tight within Gotham City itself.
After all, Smallville almost entirely abandoned its original setting and namesake for later seasons as the action moved to Metropolis. Nobody’s in a hurry to see anything like that again.
At least with Gotham fans are pretty much assured that Bruce Wayne won’t start skulking around rooftops in a leather jacket.