In a new interview, “Gotham” co-executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt appears both adamant and clear that Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska character is NOT The Joker, something that has long been suspected and teased by others involved in the show.
Though there’s a good deal of evidence suggesting he is, and fans have embraced the “Shameless” star’s turn in the role, Wynbrandt tells ComicBook.com that Jerome will never become the Joker on the show – in fact the villain may never appear:
“Obviously Jerome is our homage. He’s obviously not the Joker himself, although [he] clearly seems to be the impetus that eventually creates the Joker.
The more that we see him, the more he carves out his own path I’d say. I wouldn’t say he becomes more the Joker, but the Jerome character continues to evolve.
This is a show about origin. last year we paid homage to one of our favorite Batman stories, ‘The Killing Joke.’ I think there’s definitely stuff within the canon that we as a room are more willing to be nimble with and more willing to go a different direction than the cannon. For instance, the Penguin/Nygma love story.
When it comes to Joker, he’s so iconic to that Batman character that it feels like we don’t want to get to Joker ever. Jerome feels like he is that origin of that.”
Monaghan’s character disappears for long stretches at a time but has been seen in each season so far. No word on when or if he’ll return for the fourth season.