‘Gotham’: Yes, That Will Be David Mazouz Behind Batman’s Mask – Kind of

TCA 2019: EP John Stephens tells TheWrap we’ll see the Caped Crusader throughout the series finale

David Mazouz Bruce Wayne
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We already know that the final episode of Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham” will finally introduce its version of the Caped Crusader.

But since it will come via a 10-year time jump, will David Mazouz actually be the one behind the cowl?

“Yes and no,” John Stephens, the show’s executive producer said Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. “Our Batman suit is for someone that is six-foot-four,” which Mazouz is not. Mazouz has played a young version of Bruce Wayne throughout the show, which depicts Gotham City before Batman’s arrival.

But although it will be a different person physically wearing the Batsuit, Stephens said it will be Mazouz’s voice, and any close-up shots will use his face. “The face that you see under the cowl is 100 percent David Mazouz’s face,” Stephens continued. “We’ll hear[his] voice as well, and his own Batman growl.”

Unlike “Smallville,” the former WB series that showed Clark Kent before he became Superman (with only a very brief shot of his famous red “S” in the finale), “Gotham” will give viewers their fill of Batman in the series’ final episode, Stephens told TheWrap. “He’s in the episode. He’s not just in a last scene,” Stephens said. “The last episode is one scene in the timeline of the rest of the season, and then the rest of the episode is in the future. It almost feels in a weird way like another pilot.”

Stephens added that they didn’t have to get clearance from DC Comics or Warner Bros. to use Batman, since ending the show with their version of the character “was the conception from the start.” He added: “I think the discussion was very much what does our Batman look like?”