this week was, in my opinion a very bruce centered episode. this season is about his character development and him becoming a bit darker as a person to the point that you can slowly see him shifting into more of a batman mindset. this week’s episode was especially detrimental to that. he’s doing what he believes is best by going after ra’s, and in the moment he kills him, you can really see how his darkness has been lying just under the surface. yes, he’s still a kid, but he’s been through a lot and we start to see how his traumas are shaping him as a person. he may not be the hero gotham needs yet, but he’s starting to become the one that gotham deserves. idk, i just feel like no one is really talking about bruce’s growth the last couple episodes.
“Lucius. Gordon. Alfred. Bruce. Names that have come to mean so much to me. I’m saying a final goodbye to these characters. It’s my son’s birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where building demolitions or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar. People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, I flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then, Christian, Michael, Gary, Morgan, Liam, and Cillian started living in it. I never thought we’d do a second; how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We went back to Gotham. It changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming. The ultimate scary clown brought to terrifying life by Heath. I never thought we’d do a third; are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Wayne’s journey. I called everyone back for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back; a little older, a little wiser, but not all was as it seemed. Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Wayne thought Batman was not needed anymore, but he was wrong. Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will. Freeman. Oldman. Caine. Bale. Ledger. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I’ll miss Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.”