While Gotham has yet to officially crown Jerome as the The Joker, many fans will continue to regard the character as the shows incarnation of the Clown Prince of the Crime until proven otherwise. With the Gotham winter finale set to air tonight, actor Cameron Monaghan spoke with Comicbook.com about his take on Jerome and which past Joker portrayals have influenced his performance as the crazed villain.
Monaghan explained that he did not set out the emulate the exact performance of any actor who previously played The Joker.
“There was never a moment where I was intentionally cribbing from another actor. More so, I grew up watching other actors design the character of The Joker to me and obviously the part was paying tribute to The Joker, and so I wanted to you know perform it to the best of my abilities in a way that it seemed to be paying homage to the character.”
Monaghan revealed why this season allowed him to distance himself from previous portrayals of the The Joker.
“We get to do a lot of stuff with him that has never really been done with a live action version of The Joker before, so we were able to have some real fun with him this time around.”
If there is one source of inspiration Monaghan could point out, it would be one many fans consider to be the definitive portrayal of The Joker.
“If anyone was to inspire my performance, it would be Mark Hamill’s animated Joker, which I think I might have mentioned to you before but his portrayal was the only one that I felt comfortable at all taking anything from, and that’s because there was going to be such a difference in translating from animated to live action.”
Of course there is one other source from which Monaghan drew inspiration for his performance, one that all actors to play The Joker have likely turned to at some point.
“The majority of my inspiration, when possible, came from the comic books themselves.”
Are you excited to see how Jerome’s story will unfold on tonight’s winter finale? Do you think Jerome should officially become the show’s version of The Joker or do you think he is simply serving as a stand-in to satisfy fans eager for the real Joker’s appearance? Share your thoughts below!
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