|“||Even good men have secrets.||„|
|~ Bruce Wayne's philosophy|
|“||You can't kill murder. You can't get revenge on evil. You can only begin to fight such things by not doing them. And you can only fight them where they live, not just at Wayne Enterprises. In the streets, in the slums, in the bad parts of town.||„|
|~ Bruce Wayne to Alfred Pennyworth.|
Bruce Wayne is the deuteragonist of the TV series Gotham, portrayed by David Mazouz.
He is the orphaned son of Thomas and Martha Wayne who is under the care of Alfred Pennyworth. Traumatized by the murder of his parents, Bruce has been doing his part to find the identity of his parent's killer while showing concern of some illegal activities done by members of his father's company. Bruce displays a fervent tendency to train himself as investigator and combatant but is still navigating the remainder of his childhood with Alfred's guidance. In later life, Bruce will go on to fight crime in his adulthood as Batman.
Bruce was born to Thomas and Martha Wayne and ended up being their only son. When his father was still alive he and Bruce would go for a hike once a year and sit at a campfire.
When leaving the theatre with his parents after seeing a movie, they cut down an alleyway where they ended up being confronted by a masked man branding a gun. The man ordered Bruce's parents to hand over their money and belongings. Despite cooperating, the man shot them both dead and aimed his gun at Bruce. Hesitating, he went off into the night, leaving Bruce to let out a harrowing scream. When the police came to investigate the crime, new detective James Gordon comforted Bruce and promised he would find the man who killed his parents.
Whilst Gordon investigated his parent's murder, Bruce began looking into the corruption at Wayne Enterprises. He was informed by board member Sid that Thomas was aware of the company's corrupt dealings which made Bruce lose faith in his father and wondering how much involvement he had in the dodgy goings-on. However, after briefly interacting with Lucius Fox, Bruce was told that his father was a stoic. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce and Alfred managed to uncover a secret lair behind the fireplace belonging to Thomas.
Bruce and Alfred gain access to Thomas' secret room, which contained monitors on information centred around the corruption at Wayne Enterprises, as well as a bulletproof vest and bullets, strongly hinting that he was planning on taking the fight against the goings-on in Gotham. To protect Bruce from whatever Thomas was uncovering, Alfred proceeded to destroy the monitor, which led to Bruce firing him in anger. The pair later reconciled, and Alfred hired Lucius to help repair the computer.
During a charity event Bruce was nearly killed by escaped maniac Jerome Valeska, but "rescued" by Theo Galavan. Bruce and Theo befriended each other and Bruce fell for Theo's niece Silver St Cloud, unaware that they were plotting against him. Selina became suspicious of Silver's motivations but ended up being warned away by her.
Theo revealed to Bruce that he had information on who killed Bruce's parents and others tied to the murder, but only agreed to give it up to him on the condition that Bruce signs over Wayne Enterprises. Theo reveals that he is aware of the corruption, and promises to clean it up once he is in charge. Although Bruce is strongly tempted, he later turns down Theo's offer. At that moment James Gordon and the GCPD arrest Theo for his illicit activities over the past several weeks and involvement in kidnapping Mayor Aubrey James, and before Bruce can get his hands on the file Theo throws it into the fire.
At the end of season 5, They Did What, James Gordon is promoted to Police Commissioner. Bruce decided to travel abroad to start his training on his war on Crime. The War on Crime is going to get worse if he doesn't start his training. He officially leaves Gotham to start his training. After 10 years of training, Bruce Wayne returned home to Gotham. Gotham got worse in 10 years and Bruce put on the bat suit and calls himself the Batman and ready to start his war on crime. Bruce finally fulfilled his destiny and became Batman.
After the death of his parents, Bruce began to show erratic behavior, such as self-harm, listening to heavy metal, drawing disturbing artwork, refusing to eat and overall behaving recklessly, doing things such as climbing on top of the roof of the Wayne Mansion, burning himself, and cutting himself, as Alfred says to Jim in season 1. He is very serious, though also kind, caring, selfless, observant and intelligent. He can sometimes be naive, but despite this, he can easily tell when someone is lying to him or when they are not telling him the entire truth. He shows a great deal of personal strength and maturity for his age. He loved both of his parents very much, and becomes angry if anyone speaks ill of them, such as Tommy Elliot, who he physically assaulted after the latter taunted him about his parents' deaths, and disrespected his mother.
Harboring leftover guilt from not doing anything when his parents were murdered, Bruce devoted all of his time and efforts towards finding clues that could be used to discover the identity of the man who killed his parents. Bruce has a strong moral compass to do what is right, showing a huge reprehension against the act of killing, calling the Balloonman a criminal because he did so, and berating Selina Kyle for killing Reggie Payne, and telling her that he'd never cross that line. Though Bruce later decided to kill Matches Malone as he had killed his parents, after realizing that Malone was just a man, Bruce realized that he couldn't murder, nor get revenge on evil. Bruce has been shown to be capable of deception, as shown when he managed to hire Tom, aka the Knife, to get Malone's identity out of Silver St. Cloud.
Bruce is shown to be courageous as he handed himself over to Jerome Valeska to bide Alfred time to save himself from Jeromes' followers and again when he attempted to save a citizen from being killed by Jerome. Bruce has also developed a strong sense of justice from investigating the reasons for the murder of his parents, the corruption in Gotham City and Wayne Enterprises. Bruce's sense of justice is most notably shown when he takes it upon himself to fight and capture Jerome Valeska after he saw the latter murder innocent civilians.
In season 4, Bruce’s personality has not changed and still retains its sense of justice, as well as stubbornness, especially when it comes to Alfred discouraging him from becoming a vigilante, but recently his mental state has started begun to spiral after avenging his parents and killing Ra's al Ghul. Indeed, this dark path of his has induced Bruce to become an arrogant playboy, and womanizer (a persona he often fakes in the comics) everything that he always hated, a choice his parents most likely would've been most ashamed of and has even given up on his war on crime. This dark path of his has caused most of his relationships to be destroyed. Most notably, firing Alfred and threatening to have him arrested when Alfred was trying to stop him from spiralling further. Seeing his future on what he has to become, he decides to embrace his darkness and go back to the guy who he used to be.
At the end of season 5, Bruce way ready to leave Gotham and begin his training on his War of Crime. After 10 years of his training, he returned to Gotham. Gotham is still in bad shape and Bruce is ready to fulfil his destiny and begin his war on crime as the Batman.
- Bruce's favorite animal is owls.
- In the comic continuity Bruce was 8 years old when his parents had died, in Gotham however he was 12 years old in the pilot episode.
- It has been confirmed Bruce Wayne's development into Batman will occur during the fifth and final season.
- Bruce Wayne acting as a vigilante before becoming Batman has been depicted in media before, such as Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm. Also in the comics (pre-Crisis), he was the original Robin.
- His Batsuit will be inspired by the Dark Knight Rises costume and is expected to be metallic and grey coloured.
- He was similar to Clark Kent in Smallville. Both of them were based on raised outsiders and orphans. Both of them had to go through obstacles to become the legendary superheroes.
- An adult Bruce Wayne is not seen in the series finale, as he is only spotted wearing the bat suit, and mostly in the shadow. David Mazouz does provide the voice for Batman, and his face is imposed on the face of Batman in the final scene. Mikhail Mudrik appears in scenes as an older Bruce in the batsuit.
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