"The Red Hood" is a moniker fraught with meaning in DC Comics' Batman world. While in recent years the name has been taken over by former Robin Jason Todd, it's most recognizable for being a major part of the Joker's most famous origin -- his previous identity as a comparatively saner criminal. It's also the name of a gang introduced by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo during their currently unfolding, widely acclaimed "Batman" run. A similar take shows up in this exclusive "Gotham" clip from Fox, featuring the debut of the Red Hood Gang on tonight's episode, "Red Hood."
Last month, series creator and executive producer Bruno Heller spoke with CBR News about the significance of the Red Hood's arrival -- specifically the use of a mask in the pre-Batman world of "Gotham" -- to the show in general going forward.
"There's going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood, which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that's not too pretentious a word," Heller told CBR. "Why costumes? What's the power of costumes? What's the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal."
The latest episode of "Gotham," titled "Red Hood," is slated to air 8 tonight on Fox. The network's full description of the episode follows below.
GORDON AND BULLOCK UNCOVER THE RED HOOD GANG ON AN ALL-NEW "GOTHAM" MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, ON FOX
Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld in the all new "Red Hood" episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-117) (TV-14 D, L, V)
Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, John Doman as Carmine Falcone
Guest Cast: Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean; Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper; Sharon Washington as Molly Mathis; David O'Hara as Reggie; Jonny Coyne as Destro; Jenna Gavigan as Manager's Secretary; Takeo Lee Wong as Chaing; Jeffrey Combs as Office Manager