Gotham will reportedly feature a potential Joker in each episode

Joker_CardOver the weekend, Bleeding Cool posted some images from the pilot episode of FOX’s Gotham, showing a stand-up comedian (played by relative unknown Jon Beavers) who the site speculated could potentially be our first look at the future Joker.

If you’ve been following the development of the Batman prequel series, then you may be aware that executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have suggested that we’ll see a few red herrings before we discover the real Clown Prince of Crime, and if the latest rumour from Bleeding Cool is to be believed, we’ll be getting a possible Joker in each episode of the season.

According to the site, “every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasising aspects of the character’s iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin. All relatively unknown actors. All potentially a Joker. But only one of them being the actual Clown Prince Of Crime. Get ready to be Joker-teased on a weekly basis…”

So, if true, what do you make of that, and do we even need to explore the origin of The Joker?

Gotham is set to premiere on Monday, September 22nd, with a cast that includes Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) as Detective Jim Gordon, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Harvey Bullock, newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, David Mazouz (Touch) as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Cory Michael Smith (Olive Kitteridge) as Edward Nygma, Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix) as Fish Mooney, Clare Foley (Sinister) as Ivy Pepper, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen, Victoria Cartagena (Salt) as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones (The Tomorrow People) as Crispus Allen, Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean, Drew Powell (Malcolm in the Middle) as Butch Gilzean, Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven, Cory in the House) as Macky and Carol Kane (Annie Hall) as Gertrud Kapelput. Watch the first trailer here.

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  • Chris Chris Chris

    Brilliant idea!
    I have fears that this show will go downhill like Smallville did after the first few seasons, but i’ll still watch it.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      I’m not overly keen on the idea to be honest. I’d rather the Joker’s origin was a mystery (and he was roughly the same age as Bruce Wayne)

      • Chris Chris Chris

        Yes i’d also prefer that you never truly found out which one was the real Joker, but if they are going to introduce the Joker I think this is a smart way of doing it.

        Personally i don’t know where they can go after 2 seasons really without bringing Bruce Wayne as a young Batman into it and going down the Smallville route, but i am looking forward to finding out.

    • Gary

      Hopefully the fact that Fox is doing Gotham means something. The CW has the tendency to cater to the teeny boppers and ABC’s Agents of Shield does the same.

      • Chris Chris Chris

        Agents of Shield was average at first. I stuck with it because of the Marvel Easter Eggs and I fancied the scientist girl :)
        After Winter Soldier and Hydra it got infinite times better. Still not amazing but a huge improvement on the 1st half.

        • Gary

          I couldn’t stick with it. The attitudes of the characters, the model looks, and obnoxious “edgy” remarks of the first couple episodes pushed me out. It’s the same recipe in Smallville, Arrow, and the future Flash. I really hope Gotham delivers greater quality.

          • Chris Chris Chris

            I agree. I think i lowered my expectations enough with AOS so that i was a lot more impressed after the Hydra reveal.

            Smallville should have ended after 5 seasons, or at least changed to “Metropolis” and maybe gone the “Lois & Clark” route, with a modern take. The massive weakness was trying to shoehorn in so many characters – Brainiac, Darkseid, Doomsday etc. – before he had even become Superman.

            Arrow I haven’t got round to seeing yet, for similar reasons as you. I have high expectations for Arrow, but i think ultimately i would be disappointed.

            The trailers for The Flash look coll. But I really don’t see the point in watching the show if the DC Movie Universe is going to use a completely different and unrelated take anyway.

            Gotham looks decent as well from the trailers, but again i don’t like the concept of trying to shoe horn in so many characters before Bruce has even become Batman.
            Think i will give up when Calendar Man turns up selling Christmas Cards or Ra’s Al Ghul and Bane drop by for a cup of tea with Crazy Quilt.

          • HolyFranchiseBatman!

            Arrow started off decent, but it’s constantly getting better. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely worth watching.