What is GOTHAM doing with the Joker?

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GOTHAM: Jerome Valeska (special guest Cameron Monaghan) in the Rise of the Villains: ÒKnock, KnockÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX.
GOTHAM: Jerome Valeska (special guest Cameron Monaghan) in the Rise of the Villains: ÒKnock, KnockÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX. Gotham’s Joker

I’m a self proclaimed Batman enthusiast. I don’t write about Gotham because–I really don’t know actually. The Gotham writers have been cashing in on bringing out all of the Batman villains. A few important ones have shown up except Gotham’s Joker.

But everyone’s tuning in to see who is coming out next. There’s something about seeing seemingly random civilians reveal themselves to be characters from the comic or animated series, that brings excitement to fans.

So far, we’ve seen pre-teen Poison Ivy as psycho as ever, the Riddler as psycho as ever, and Penguin as psycho as ever. The Joker remains somewhat of a mystery. Not that they haven’t introduced the idea of the joker already, it’s just that there has not been a confirmation as to who will be playing the Joker.

I didn’t think there were going to bring him out in the first season. They were bringing everyone out the bag and I thought they were going to leave the Joker for some distant surprise opportunity. Gotham writers took us back to the Jokers roots. In the comic, he was originally introduced as a criminal named the red hood. [source]

The red hood wore a red domed head cover and a red cape. During one of his criminal sprees he falls in a vat of toxic chemical that disfigures him and he later emerges as the clown-like psychopath that everyone knows to be Batman’s biggest adversary.The episode “Red Hood” on Gotham introduced this criminal then he died. My thoughts at the time: WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THAT?

You get the idea that the Red hood sparked the interest of the REAL Joker at a very young age. Just an endless cycle of copycats. The Red hood’s hood is left in the street where he was killed and a young boy picks it up and begins to play shoot other people with his fingers. Is this our Joker?

Meet Jerome – Gotham’s Joker

Later in the same season–during what I thought was the introduction of Robin’s parents, we meet Jerome. The spitting image of the Joker, only he doesn’t act like the Joker. He’s kind and soft spoken. Then he kills his mother and Jim Gordon catches him. That’s when he shows his true colors equipped with deranged laughter and lack of conscious. Is this our Joker?

The internet exploded with news– and most importantly– pictures of the JOKER. He had to be Gotham’s  Joker, am I right? There’s no way he’s anyone else. Everyone analyzed the character and rejoiced in pure joy that Cameron Monaghan was playing the role. What a great actor and what a great performance thus far. Who wouldn’t be delighted with the idea that something brought out of a comic could end up looking the way we hoped it would? I hate it when a character from a story has long black hair and in the movie their bald. It messes with my mojo and for some reason it makes me enjoy the show less. Jerome goes to jail and we keep it moving because we know he’s going to show up again later,In all likelihood, in a break out.


Right in the beginning of season two, Gotham brings Jerome back in. He’s unleashing the level of psycho antics that we would expect, while finding everything hysterical. I was super excited about where his origin story was going, but there were all these nagging questions in the back of my head. I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do with him.

Were they going to have him fall in a vat of chemicals? With Jerome’s pale complexions and demented smile, he already looked like the Joker without the makeup.

What about Harley? Who is going to be his ride or die chick?  I couldn’t shake off the feeling that Barbara was being fashioned into Quinn and that soon she would be referring to Jerome as Mr. J.

Then they killed Jerome. WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

This is not a rhetorical outburst. What are they doing? I’m asking you to comment below or message me and tell me why I lost the perfect Joker specimen. Cameron Monaghan was phenomenal as Gotham’s Joker. There was no way of going wrong there.

After Jerome’s death, we see children watching the TV coverage,  mimicking the criminal master mind and laughing psychotically. This is another reference pointing at influences of the real Joker. Everything that has happened is being watched on the sidelines by the actual Joker.

All these Joker influences and no Joker. I think they are trying to catch us off guard. The person that we least expect is going to be the Joker. But who and when? I have no idea. There are no clues that I can see in the episodes following Jeromes death. What we do have is Jokers age. If Bruce is roughly 8-9 years old, then the Joker would either be Selena’s age (11-13) or in his late teens.

Joker is a teenager absorbing all this tv coverage. I’m going to guess and say that they’re going to bring out the real Joker, either at the end of the season, or in the beginning of the next. That’s unless they have other plans to tease us with this highly anticipated character. At this point, we have a lot of villains but Gotham’s Joker is still at large.

What do you think about the Joker set-up so far? What are your ideas on what their going to do with the Joker? Comment below  for your input or message me directly.

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