The original premise for the series saw Gordon facing the corrupt Gotham City Police Department while attempting to solve the Wayne murders. But things changed quickly as Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne became more tied to the investigation, and Gotham explored a still-grieving Bruce in the immediate wake of the tragedy. The attempt to process his grief led to some of the obsessive qualities fans recognize in Batman, and it made him uniquely suited to investigate his father’s company in way Gordon could not. Bruce s quest for answers put him on a surprising journey, which meant Mazouz spent more time in Bruce Wayne’s developing psyche than any other actor who has played Batman.“I think it s just a more human process,” he said of Bruce’s journey to masked vigilantism in the fourth season, and the persona his character will take on by the series’ end.(Photo by Justin Stephens/Fox)While Gotham goes on wild tangents to introduce members of Batman’s varied and colorful rogues’ gallery, those stories helped to underscore the original tragedy of Bruce Wayne, Mazouz said.“It s a story that Gotham tells over and over again; people losing something and having some kind of tragic moment to them. We saw it with Penguin, we saw it with Riddler, where things happen to them that aren t justified. The question is: What does a person do with those things after it happens? Bruce is able to turn that vulnerability into strength. He s able to say, ‘I suffered this. I don t want anybody else to do the same,’” the actor said.Villains like Penguin and Riddler, meanwhile, take those losses and decide “[they] want other people to know what that feels like. [They] want other people to suffer too.” That dichotomy reverberates from their Gotham portrayals into the comic-book reality of Batman.Before Bruce can finally adopt his famous identity, he must navigate a Gotham City undone by Jeremiah’s (Cameron Monaghan) attack on the bridges connecting the city to the mainland. Taking its cues from the 1999 No Man’s Land comic book storyline, the series picks up a couple of months after the bombings with “the entire city in complete anarchical disarray,” Mazouz said. Gangs have turned sections of the city into their own little fiefdoms. And while the GCPD try to help as many people as they can without federal support, the situation on the ground is grim.
Watch: Judd Apatow on the making of The 40-Year-Old Virgin above.In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating the 21 Most Memorable Moments from the movies over the last 21 years. In this special video series, we speak to the actors and filmmakers who made those moments happen, revealing behind-the-scenes details of how they came to be and diving deep into why they’ve stuck with us for so long. Once we’ve announced all 21, it will be up to you, the fans, to vote for which is the most memorable moment of all. In this episode of our ‘21 Most Memorable Moments’ series, director and co-writer Judd Apatow takes us behind the scenes of the infamous (and real-life!) chest-waxing scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR 21 MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS POLLTHE MOVIE: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) 85%It’s hard to believe that Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin is just 14 years old – it feels like we’ve been living in the Apatow comedy era for so much longer than that. Back then, Steve Carell – whose series The Office had just debuted and had yet to take on cult status – was not quite a household name, and Apatow himself hadn’t become his own brand of comedy. (Say “Apatow production” today and moviegoers know exactly the kind of smart, sweet, and raunchy ride they re in for – and who’s likely to be appearing in it.) In a sense, Virgin, Apatow’s feature directing debut, recalibrated comedy for the new millennium, bringing an edge to the rom-com formula, introducing us to a new kind of hero in Andy (Carell), and ushering in the faces who would come to dominate comedy for the next decade and a half (Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, and Mindy Kaling all appear in parts big and small). It all got started on the set of another seminal comedy, Anchorman, which Apatow was producing and Carell was co-starring in “I think that the pitch he had was, ‘You know how when you touch