“Gotham” Gets The Joker But It’s Not Jerome

Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska has been a scene-stealer since his guest-starring stint in the first season of FOX’s “Gotham,” so much so the actor has come back for multiple episode arcs in each subsequent season.

Every time it has been heavily hinted that the character will become The Joker, while those involved initially said he might be. In more recent years though they have stuck to the line he won’t become that most iconic of Batman villains – but will serve as something of an inspiration for him.

This week actor David Mazouz, who plays the young Bruce Wayne, has reiterated to Discussing Film podcast that Jerome isn’t The Joker – and the real one is on the way VERY soon:

“He is not the Joker, that’s all I’m saying. He is definitely the inspiration for the Joker and the way that the Joker comes into the show is, in my opinion, one of the most brilliant things Gotham has ever done.”

Monaghan himself seemed to confirm that the Joker will debut in the not-too-distant future on “Gotham” in a tweet that was quickly taken down. ComicBook.Com got a hold of said tweet before it vanished, saying:

“What we’ve cooked up and discussed is something not to be missed. It’s a twist on familiar themes, both new and old echoes of the mythos. Something entirely new, but we believe true to the spirit of the show as well as the comics. Proud I got to be a part of it.”

The series has aired eleven episodes of its fourth season so far, with the back half having yet to set a return date.