Seriously, he HAS to be The Joker right?
Cameron Monaghan’s rise to becoming The Joker has been loaded with Easter Eggs and perhaps for one of the few times in Gotham’s run we can all agree it’s pretty great!
In the first episode after winter break we were shown the underground cult of “Joker” followers. You may recognize their leader Dwight. He is portrayed by David Dastmalchian whom you may remember as The Joker’s henchman that was taken hostage and interrogated by Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Do you want to pretend Gotham is a prequel to that film? Me neither, but it is pretty cool!
In the follow-up episode “Smile Like You Mean It” we see just how deep this Joker gang has penetrated many aspects of Gotham City’s infrastructure. The depiction of this gang is reminiscent of Scott Snyder’s novel Batman: Zero Year – Secret City.
Gangs of Gotham
In Secret City, The Red Hood Gang is filled with members from almost any and every walk of life. They have all either been manipulated, threatened or blackmailed to help the gang put a stranglehold on the city.
Now sprinkle in a little Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and ZAP! The Proto-Joker lives! No wait…there’s more.
We can’t forget Tony Salvador Daniel’s Detective Comics Vol 1: Faces of Death! In Faces of Death, The Joker allows a madman to cut off his face, much like Dwight does to Jerome. The Joker reappears in Scott Snyder’s Batman Vol. 3: A Death In The Family. Oft cited as the absolutely craziest thing Joker ever took part in, each of these stories is a crucial read for Joker fans.
This guy puts a smile on my face
Regardless of whether or not Jerome becomes the official full-fledged Joker, Monaghan’s performance has been a bright spot on this up and down show. We wait patiently in hopes to see more.
We will keep an eye on everything developing with Joker across Batman’s various worlds. Until then, I think that scene with Dwight wearing Jerome’s face made me a little ill. Gotta go!