A moment that has been building since the first season of Fox’s “Gotham” will finally take place Monday night. After Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents were murdered in the pilot episode, the future Batman will finally meet the man who was hired to kill them, Matches Malone (Michael Bowen), in episode 14 of Season 2.
Bruce will come to a crossroad in his life when he gets to Matches. He asked Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) to get him a gun so he can kill the hit man who took his parents away from him. If Bruce does kill Matches, he’ll be no better than the hit man, but if he doesn’t this could start him down the path of becoming the Dark Knight. Before you see Malone and Bruce come together in Monday night’s episode of “Gotham,” here are four things to know about the DC Comics villain.
1. Matches didn’t kill Thomas and Martha Wayne in the comics. The show appears to have made the decision to make Matches the man responsible for the murder of the Waynes. This means he’ll also be the man to ignite Bruce’s flame of eventually becoming a vigilante. However, this will be a different Matches than the version in the comics. In the several origin stories a mugger named Joe Chill was the one who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne. His actions were the reason for Batman coming into play, although the motive for the killings wasn’t always clear.
2. He’s not a supervillain. “Gotham” is starting to introduce supervillains like Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow), and Azrael is expected to arrive in the near future. Matches, however, won’t be one of them. The villain is basically an ordinary man with a mustache who walks around in plaid suits and wears tinted glasses. He is an arsonist and a thief but doesn’t have the greatest fighting abilities. The tinted glasses won’t come into play on the show.
3. Batman uses his identity. An interesting storyline from the comics was how Bruce Wayne used “Matches Malone” as a fake name when he explored the crime world of Gotham City. After Matches was killed, Wayne took the name to go undercover and infiltrate some of Gotham City’s most notorious gangs.
4. Show version. According to TVLine, the Matches we will see Monday night is described as “a weathered, philosophical hitman who may be the triggerman behind one of the most important crimes in Gotham’s history.” His name was exposed after Bruce was able to trick Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind) into revealing it.
Watch a promo for episode 14 below:
“Gotham” Season 2, episode 14 airs Monday, March 14, at 8 p.m. EDT.