Bruce Wayne has come a long way since Gotham's first episode, which saw him crying in Crime Alley over his dead parents' bodies. In just four years, the young man has been finding his voice, and he's gotten more and more comfortable with his dark persona. After a year of training, the Season 3 finale showed Wayne fully embracing a vigilante lifestyle when he swooped in during a late-night street mugging to beat up the bad guy, and then climbed onto a rooftop to watch over his city.
Ever since that moment, fans' expectations to see Bruce suiting up as Batman skyrocketed, and we've been scratching our heads, trying to figure out when that would happen. Now, we finally know. These are exciting times, my fellow nerds, because we have our first look at Bruce Wayne in his very first bat-suit.
There seem to be two phases to this new superhero outfit. The first mask strongly resembles cloth, and looks more like a modified ski mask. The version we see later on in the trailer however, is much more similar to a normal #Batman cowl design. Here's a better look at it:
That definitely has the classic Batman nose, and it reminds us a lot of Christian Bale's mask in #TheDarkKnight.
Now, as surprising as it may sound, don't expect much change to come from this suit as Bruce finds a better design for his nocturnal persona. Last month, the show's executive producer, John Stephens, revealed that Wayne's early superhero designs –– while definitely works in progress –– would give us a good idea of what Gotham's Dark Knight would look like:
"He will wear body armor and grappling hooks, but he will not be Batman. It's a little more of a 'Batman: Year One' in a different setting. I'd say visually, when you look at what Bruce is going to be doing this season, it's gonna look far closer to what our conception of Batman is definitely gonna be."
Hmmm... going by the leather jacket, I don't think little Bruce has taken into account the numerous bullets that'll come his way during his crime-fighting career just yet. Hopefully, that will be one thing that changes as his suit evolves, and he ditches the leather for some actual body armor.
Holy Scary Gas, Batman! The Scarecrow Is Also Coming To Gotham
Every hero needs a bad guy, and now that Bruce is finally suiting up, the #Scarecrow is emerging from the shadows, scarier than ever, to claim his place in the criminal underworld. Fortunately for comic book faithfuls, he looks exactly like his printed page counterpart.
It's unclear how they'll cross paths, but going by the fact that Scarecrow is stepping out into the spotlight at the same time Bruce has decided to embrace his heroic destiny, it seems inevitable. That would be one great fight scene: inexperienced Caped Crusader vs. young Scarecrow. On a side note, I'm getting serious #BatmanBegins vibes from this pairing. Jonathan Crane was the first baddie Bruce Wayne went up against in that film, so we could be getting something similar in the show.
Is This The Right Way To Go For The Series?
Gotham started out as a prequel story for #JimGordon rising through the ranks of Gotham's corrupt police force, but as the seasons have gone on, the story has veered toward Bruce Wayne's origin story. Seeing this new bat-suit is a clear indication that Batman is becoming the show's new protagonist, so it's important to ask: Is the show handling Batman's origin well?
Looking at things one way, it may feel like Batman is happening too fast. He just lost his parents three years ago, and he's been serious about undertaking combat training for a little over a year. However, we still don't know how the show will treat the character and his heroic turn. We know it's coming — it's been confirmed several times — but I'm curious to see whether Gotham treats Bruce's nighttime escapades as a trial-and-error run to help him see what works and what doesn't, on his road to becoming Batman.
One thing's for sure: I can't wait for the show's fourth season to begin. Young Batman will go deeper into his crime-fighting career when Gotham returns on September 21st, 2017.
What do you think about Bruce's work-in-progress Batman suit? Are you happy with how Gotham is handling the Caped Crusader's origin story? Let me know in the comments!