Young Batman in Gotham keeps up Torah study on Skype

When David (pronounced “Da-veed”) Mazouz announced “I am Batman” to his friends at Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, he wasn’t just joking around. David, 13, stars as the young Bruce Wayne (the future Batman) in Fox TV’s new drama “Gotham,” which airs Mondays at 8 p.m.

Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in “Gotham” photo/fox–jessica miglio

David first appears onscreen several minutes into the pilot episode, when his character skips down an alley with his parents after a night out at the movies. A masked mugger is waiting in the shadows, and after demanding money and valuables, he unexpectedly opens fire on Bruce’s parents as the boy looks on in horror. As the armed robber flees, Bruce sinks to his knees, his hands covered with blood, and emits an unearthly scream.

The series goes on to depict how the young Bruce Wayne bonds with detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the show’s main character, who, Bruce learns, lost his own father as a boy. “Gotham” further spotlights Gordon’s morally challenged partner, detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), as well as budding villains such as the Penguin, the Riddler and a teenage Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman.

“Mazouz is great as the young Bruce, and manages to seem both haughtily precocious and deeply damaged,” the New York Times said of his performance.

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Naomi Pfefferman

L.A. Jewish Journal