The new TV season is closing in as several shows, new and returning, are set to kick off with their new seasons in September and October, including all the DC Comics TV shows. One of them is Gotham, which is heading into its third year as fans of the show goes deeper into the Batman prequel series and telling the origins of some of Batman’s greatest foes.
During this past Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, executive producer John Stephens spoke with TV Guide about one of Batman’s biggest enemies, The Joker, who has been teased at several points. The biggest theory within the fandom is that Cameron Monaghan, who played the Joker-ish character Jerome until his death in Season 2. But in a comic book show, no one ever stays dead as he is returning in some capacity as we hear his laugh in the Season 2 finale during the outbreak of the Indian Hill inmates.
Stephens teased what the plans are for their exploration of the Joker mythology this year on the show and beyond.
“We’re going to see how the cult of the Joker, which we started at the beginning of last year and we touched on in the middle of the year, is going to extend and deepen and change a little bit this year. You have these sort of underground movements that have started to talk about Jerome and what he represented and how he’s going to come back on the day, sort of like John the Baptist, et cetera.
[That] sets the stage for, perhaps if there’s a Season 4 on FOX, hopefully we’ll bring that back in a much bigger way, and you will see these different versions of the Joker myth that develop next year with Jerome and with other characters. [Then] we can put those pieces together and go, ‘Oh,’ eventually, ‘that’s where the Joker himself came from.”
Given that Monaghan is busy filming his other show, Shameless, it makes sense that they would be focusing on anything Joker related till the second half of the season as they mentioned that in the interview. In addition, the first half of the new season will be spent establishing the new introductions of these other Batman villains that are coming in.
Gotham Season 3 is set to begin on Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on FOX.
Source: TV Guide