‘Gotham’ to Tease Joker Storyline by Season’s End


If you watch Gotham on weekly basis, then you know that the writers are having fun screwing around with the basic DNA of the comic book, from Selina Kyle witnessing the Wayne murders, to Poison Ivy’s dad being a suspect, to last night’s introduction of the Scarecrow who turns out has a crazy daddy just as obsessed with phobias as he will one day be. Gotham loves its bad eggs, or at least the characters that will one day costume up and become bad eggs, but unless they’re going to start dipping into the nosebleeds and do the origin stories for Egg-Head and King Tut, there’s still one last Batman big bad left to be introduced on the show, and according to the show’s executive producer he’s coming. Sooner than you think.

In an interview with TV Guide, Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller talked about the introduction of The Joker to the show later this season, but cautioned that the real work in developing the character wouldn’t be done until season two. So why the rush? Because America demands it, he says.

“We’ve said you’re going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America — nobody wants to wait. So, we will scratch the surface of that story, yes. But just scratch it — a little tap on the door.”

Well aren’t we all impatient jerks. Admittedly, it seems weird that some nebulous group of people out there would be super eager for the arrival of another Batman villain when we have three in the main cast all struggling for air time (and that’s to say nothing of all the mob figures and corrupt cops either). But on the subject of two of the main rogues gallery players on Gotham – Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor, and Edward “Riddler” Nygma, played Cory Michael Smith – Heller says that their villain’s journeys are going to very different.

“Penguin was born a sociopath and was always going down this path one way or another. Nygma is someone who becomes the villain, and we see that journey begin in the second half of the season… What motivates people to do things is oftentimes love. He is slowly starting to break through her defenses, but we take two steps forward and then one step back. It’s not smooth sailing for Edward Nygma. It’s complicated for her to have somebody’s feelings in her hand. It’s not as simple as rejecting somebody and having a clean conscience because she’s starting to realize how deeply he cares.”

Now that sounds compelling. I’ll admit that one of the show’s strong suits have been showing the slings and arrows of Penguin’s Machiavelli climb though Gotham’s underworld, and Lord’s been killing it (metaphorically speaking) with every new twist. Nygma, by comparison, has seemed stuck in a labored recurring gag as the annoying CSI that always has a riddle when he presents evidence, and about the only thing interesting regarding him has been Bullock’s understandable short fuse about Nygma’s quirk. So anything – meaning A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G – to make Nygma more of a character than a prop is very worthwhile.

As for The Joker, how much can they do with him while Bruce is in middle school? I doubt a super-complex origin for the character will add absolutely anything to how we see him. Notice how Harvey Dent’s been more or less dumped in the last several episodes having jumped the gun in showing that he’s got some anger issues. What’s Gotham going to do, show a guy in a red hood? Probably, but I guess we’ll wait and see.

Gotham airs Mondays on Fox.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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