Is the Joker Really Bound for GOTHAM?

nojokerI knew it. I knew the producers of Fox’s GOTHAM would not be able to resist plundering the Batman mythos for villains years before the Dark Knight himself appears in on the scene.

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.”
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GOTHAM 1.01: “Pilot”

gotham01GOTHAM is the prequel series that promises to tell the story of Gotham City before Batman came on to the scene; we’re supposed to learn how things got so bad that only a man in a bat costume could save it. There’s fertile ground for lots of stories here to expand the Batman universe – but it could easily go off the rails. Sadly, the premiere episode set a direction of shrinking that world.

The series focuses of straight-arrow newbie Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his crooked veteran partner, Det. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and we learn about the corruption-plagued town through the eyes of Gordon and the evolution of Gotham City’s more bizarre criminal elements. Seems like a solid premise.
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Meet the Baddies of GOTHAM

This trailer focuses on the villains — present and future — that young Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will encounter on the increasingly mean streets of Gotham City in the Batman prequel series GOTHAM.

Looking at this clip suddenly made me realize a very HUGE problem facing the producers of GOTHAM: How to avoid making Gordon look like a failure and a screw-up! After all, he can hardly take down Penguin and Catwoman before Batman confronts them, so the entire series could be about how the baddies foil Gordon, the last good cop in the city.

Of course, the corruption of the GCPD could be the key to this problem: every time Gordon and partner Haevey Bullock (Donal Logue) arrests Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) or Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) the dirty system puts them right back out on the street, thus Gordon is allowed to win many battles but lose the war.

GOTHAM TV Series Hires Its Major Cast Members

mckenzieThe Batman prequel TV series GOTHAM, which is headed for Fox this fall, has made a flurry of casting decisions that fill in most of the key players, except for one: a 10- to 11-year-old Bruce Wayne.

Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND and THE O.C.) will play a young detective Jim Gordon, the future police commissioner of Gotham City. The series is expected to center on Gordon’s growth as a law-enforcement officer, and how the Gotham Police Department deals with the rise of the psychopathic villains who will eventually become Batman’s rogues gallery. But don’t hold your breath for the Joker to show up; the show is starting small — with Penguin.
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You’ll Fall In Love With These Vintage Batman Valentines!

You never can tell what you’ll discover on eBay. And, lucky for us, Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson was exploring the online auction house when he chanced upon a bunch of Doubl Glo Batman Valentines from 1966 and snatched them up. Now he has posted them on his website for all comics fans to enjoy! Have a look:

Way to go, Mark!

ETA: It turns out Hallmark also sold Batman Valentines that very same year! Check them out!