I was afraid something like this would happen.
The teaser for the next episode indicates Gotham City’s next villain is “no joke” — then not-so-subtly cuts to an image of a man laughing maniacally. Make. It. Stop.
The actor is Cameron Monaghan (SHAMELESS, The Giver), 21, and the character’s name is “Jerome.”
The series — which seems to be falling all over itself to introduce as many Batman tropes as possible — has already introduced the once and future Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy, so why not the Clown Prince of Crime?
I’ll tell you why not: Because his origin is inextricably tied to Batman. In the comics, the man who would be Joker dons a red hood and battles the Bat in a factory, where he falls into a vat of chemicals and emerges with his chalky pallor and rictus smile. (I am deliberately ignoring this month’s retcon of the Joker’s origin — I consider his entire spiel to be a lie.) No Batman, no Joker.
I don’t believe even GOTHAM would rework the classic origin to have, say, Jim Gordon be the one who dunks the Joker. But I can totally see them using and abusing his Red Hood identity.
And, mark my words once again: If executive producer Bruno Heller doesn’t have young Bruce Wayne dressing up in a black costume to fight crime as a pre-Batman figure (along the lines of SMALLVILLE’s “Blur”) by the end of this season, it will definitely happen before the end of the second year. And that’s just terrible.