After fours seasons of teasing, Gotham finally introduced viewers to its own version of the Joker last week — or so everyone thought. It appears that what everyone assumed was not exactly the whole truth: series showrunner Danny Cannon has confirmed that Jeremiah Valeska will never actually be referred to as the Joker on the Batman series.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Cannon was asked if Jeremiah’s twin brother, who got dosed with laughing gas in the closing moments of the series’ latest episode, would go by Joker on the series: “I don’t think so, no,” he answered. “This is an origin show about the beginnings of everything, therefore we just wanted to do the beginnings of why.”
For the better part of four seasons, fans were under the impression that Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska was the man fated to become the Joker. However, viewers were thrown a swerve when it was revealed that Jeremiah had a twin brother. With Jerome now dead, everyone assumed that Jeremiah, who was last seen laughing hysterically while his skin turned pale, was Gotham‘s official Clown Prince of Crime. But it may not be so simple.
“I think that just spawned the conversation of the idea of it, of the Joker not being a one person,” Cannon continued. “It’s a way of thinking. It’s more powerful than just one person.”
Whether Jeremiah is ever called Joker or not however, many fans agree that Monaghan is the man for the job.
Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.
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