We, along with the rest of the Internet, have focused a lot of attention on the Gotham character “The Comedian” played by Jon Beavers. He first appeared on our radar when cast and described as a comedic performer at Fish Mooney’s (Jada Pinkett Smith) club. Just about everyone started to speculate, “Would this be the new Joker?” Now we’ve got another sneaking suspicion that might even be better.
We talked about the screen capture above the other day, noting the jacket style and pattern along with the obvious comedian is a joker thoughts. It was an easy jump to make, perhaps too easy, almost like the producers were trying to steer us in that direction. Now we all know how trustworthy director and producers can be when talking about their upcoming projects. So it also wasn’t hard to throw up a red flag.
Rich Johnson over at BleedingCool has an interesting idea. What if every episode of Gotham will tease us with a possible character that just might turn out to be the Joker? A continual Easter Egg basket with a hole in it that drops Joker eggs on a consistent basis.
Okay, so we made much play of Jon Beavers being cast as a stand up comedian in the pilot of Gotham. And the suggestion that he may be a future Joker. Here’s his brainstorm of an idea:
Basically, every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasizing 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.
Consider my mind blown. What a fantastic idea, think of the weekly Internet chatter this will generate. Back when Tim Burton’s Batman came out, I was a little miffed that Joe Chill was replaced as the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents by the pre-Joker Jack Napier. Don’t get me wrong that was a move made to help tie the characters together and movie was dead on in many of our favorite Batman canon, but it just always struck me as wrong.
What do you think about this idea? Hiding the actual Joker amidst a sea of possibilities every week.