I’m a self-proclaimed Batman enthusiast. The Gotham writers have been cashing in on bringing out all of the Batman villains, a point that they were very clear about when the show first debuted. 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.
In a distant interview, Gotham’s writers claimed they wouldn’t unleash the clown in the first season. They were bringing everyone out the bag and it seemed like they needed to leave something for later. Surprisingly, Gotham writers skipped the suspense and took us back to Joker’s 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 int he comice. During one of his crime 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 ARE THEY DOING?
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. 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. Is Joker watching and absorbing all of this?
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 Cameron Monaghan’s new 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? Jerome goes to jail and we sleep at night peacefully because we know he’s going to show up again later, In all likelihood, in a breakout.
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 complexion 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? We 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 mastermind and laughing psychotically. This is another reference insinuating that the real Joker is still out there. Everything that has happened is being watched and the real Joker is just soaking it all up.
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 Jerome’s 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 at 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 they’re going to do with the Joker? Comment below for your input or message me directly.
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