Although many fans believed that Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska was Gotham‘s version of The Joker, a recent episode of the Fox series seemed to have confirmed that the character’s twin brother, Jeremiah, was actually the Clown Prince of Crime when a deceased Jerome left his sibling a package containing a gas that drove the man insane. However, executive producer Danny Cannon recently revealed that Jeremiah will not be referred to as The Joker during an interview with ComicBook.com.
When asked if Jeremiah would be referred to as The Joker on the series, Cannon replied:
“I don’t think so, no. This is an origin show about the beginnings of everything, therefore we just wanted to do the beginnings of why. When we first did the pilot, we were trying to create a world where someone like Batman would be necessary, and that’s what we’ve done these last four years. If you want to survive as a villain in Gotham, you’ve got to think big. We just wanted to really make an origin story of not just one character at a time, and how they got made, but why things get so out of hand in Gotham, and where criminality is going in Gotham. How far it can get, how bad it can get before someone dons that black suit, becomes a vigilante that will change the city forever.”
According to the Cannon, The Joker is more of an idea than an individual in this incarnation of the Batman universe:
“Well, I think that just spawned the conversation of the idea of it, of the Joker not being a one person, but like I said, it’s a personality. It’s a way of thinking. It’s more powerful than just one person. […] I don’t think that’s just one person. I think that is a way of life, it’s an ideology.”
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Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Crystal Reed and Alexander Siddig.
Gotham airs on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
Top 7 Joker Performances From TV & Movies Ranked
The Joker is one of the most popular villains in fiction. As a result of that, he has been featured in multiple movies, TV shows and video games. Fortunately, he’s a character who can be molded to fit his environment. He’s equally at home in The LEGO Batman Movie getting his feelings hurt as he is pushing Superman to the brink in the Injustice video game franchise.
One question persists through all those adaptations: who plays Joker best?
For all you Suicide Squad fans out there wondering why Jared Leto isn’t on the list, don’t worry I got an answer for you. I didn’t like him! Man oh man, I thought he was terrible honestly. Laughable in the wrong sense of the word. Perhaps some of the cut scenes might have changed my mind, but from what I saw I wasn’t left wanting more.
Do you think I’m wrong? Should Leto or someone else have made the list? Sound off in the comment section and let me know!
But for now, take some laughing gas and hit Next to find out who the best Jokers are!