Fox’s television series, Gotham, has been introducing viewers to iconic and lesser-known DC Comics characters throughout its entire first season. Detective Jim Gordon (Ben Mckenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova), and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord-Taylor) have led the series by portraying younger versions of well-known Batman characters. A few weeks ago, Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller teased the inclusion of another iconic Batman villain in season 1: The Joker.
The introduction of a new character, Jerome (played by Shameless star Cameron Monaghan), in the teaser of for this week’s episode insinuated Gotham would be introducing The Joker sooner rather than later. However, Heller didn’t confirm whether or not Jerome will in fact become The Joker and a new clip from the episode continues to keep viewers guessing.
People released a new clip (above) from Monday’s episode of Gotham, titled “The Blind Fortune Teller,” which features Gordon asking Jerome about his mother’s sex life and whether the young man has any family; Jerome responds with “the circus is my family.” Monaghan’s performance as Jerome in this clip is very different from the one featured in the teaser for the episode, which claimed Gotham’s newest villain is “no joke.”
“The Blind Fortune Teller” will also see introduce other members of the circus to which Jerome belongs, including the Flying Graysons – parents to Dick Grayson, who later becomes Batman’s sidekick Robin. It seems the crime at the center of Monday’s episode will include the Flying Graysons and Jerome, as well as his mother.
Heller said early on in Gotham’s debut season that there would be multiple hints to The Joker throughout season 1, which has led to speculation about other actors/characters set to appear. This new clip doesn’t offer any more confirmation than Heller’s recent comments about whether Jerome is in fact a younger version of The Joker, leaving fans to wait until Monday’s episode for (hopefully) more answers.
However, Monaghan’s performance in this clip from “The Blind Fortune Teller” may intrigue some fans enough to be interested in Jerome’s storyline. Just as Lord-Taylor has offered a compelling performance as a young version of The Penguin, Monaghan may offer a similarly compelling arc in his turn as Jerome on Gotham.
Whether Jerome becomes The Joker later on down the line, or simply acts as a hint to the eventual reveal of the Clown Prince of Crime, remains to be seen. Until then, Monaghan’s character may be enough to keep fans interested.
Gotham airs Mondays @8pm on Fox.