One key bit of Batman lore that FOX’s “Gotham” has not touched upon yet is about to get its time in the sun – the Red Hood. Executive producer Bruno Heller tells CBR that the key character will be making his debut on the series shortly:
“There’s going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood. Which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that’s not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What’s the power of costumes? What’s the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal.”
A part of Batman mythology since near the beginning, The Red Hood was The Joker before his disfigurement via falling after falling into a chemical vat. There’s been adjustments to the continuity over the years, with “Gotham” more likely to follow the changes made within Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”.
In that storyline, a gang hires various people to don the hood during their crimes – that way they can falsely identify the Red Hood as their leader on all crimes they perform if something goes wrong. A failed comedian, who loses his pregnant wife in a freak accident that same say, is the one wearing the hood when a crime goes wrong and he falls into a chemical vat – thus becoming The Joker.
Could the Red Hood deliver our first appearance of the future The Joker in this universe?