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.
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