Gotham’s Interesting Idea For The Joker

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Apparently FOX turned some heads when they revealed that they’d cast Jon Beavers as a stand-up comedian in the pilot episode of Gotham. The implication was that perhaps he would go on to become the clown prince of crime, considering that this is an origin story for many of Gotham’s heroes and villains.

But it seems Gotham has a bit more of an elaborate plan when it comes to building up anticipation for the Joker on the show. This is what Bleeding Cool says the producers are doing:

“Basically, 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.”

We’ve previously heard that yes, the Joker will appear on the show in some form, but with this news, perhaps he’ll show up at the very end of the season, or even in season two. I can’t imagine they’d do a slow burn much longer than that, considering this is a network show, and running for more than one season, or even one full season, is never a given. I have a hunch they’ll want to pull out a big gun before FOX has a chance to cancel them.

That said, I expect Gotham will do pretty well for FOX. No, the channel isn’t CBS or the CW, but it has a few long-lasting staples, and they’ve clearly invested a lot in Gotham and I doubt they’d simple crater it after one season, even if ratings weren’t exactly what they were expecting.

[Photo via FOX]

Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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  • HawkeMan

    Given that the Joker is the biggest Batman villain ever they should definitely build up to his appearance. However, it shouldn’t be a focal point for too long. Batman has so many great villains to choose from.

  • mexicangreatnes

    I don’t think that “the Joker’ should be in the show at all. Batman accidentally created the joker. If this is a show before batman, then there should be no joker. However, they could show the person the joker used to be, aka The Red Hood. He would have a completely different personality, not crazy or maniacal. This i could see being interesting. however I don’t really seeing this happening unless he changes into the joker eventually.