The creators of Gotham are seeding potential candidates for The Joker throughout the series. We figured people would need a list of Jokers on Gotham. Hence, we’ll be keeping this one up to date as the series goes on.
Will any of them become the clown prince of crime himself? Who knows? It’ll be fun finding out though.
S01E01 – Pilot
Joker Suspect: Awkward Comedian at Fish’s
S01E02 – Selina Kyle
Joker Suspect: Laslo, Fish’s workout partner. Pyg’s real name was Laslo though.
Joker Suspect: Shiny Shoes, the guy who calls Harvey clown. Clown, purple jacket, might have killed the Waynes…
S01E03 – The Balloonman
Joker Suspect: Laslo again. Still more likely he’s Pyg, what with getting rejected after his face getting wrecked by The Roman.
Joker Suspect: The Balloonman. He used balloons to protect children. Pretty dark humor. Also said something Joker-like: “There will be more like me”. Would be fitting if the Joker inspires Bruce to become Batman.
S01E04 – Arkham
Origin Story Location Suspect: In both press conferences Mayor James mentions a “waste disposal site” being built on the land surrounding Arkham Asylum. As fans of the comics know one of the Joker’s origins involves him dressing up in a red hood and robbing Ace Chemicals. There, he falls into a vat of chemicals and the rest is hysteria.
S01E05 – Viper
Loose Connection Suspect: Umm… The smoke was green, and viper turned people’s skin sort of translucent? Maybe the Joker toxin is also derived from it (in addition to venom). That’s all I’ve got.
S01E07 – Penguin’s Umbrella
Origin Story Location Suspect: First we got a description of a waste disposal site around Arkham. In this episode Maroni offers Falcone Indian Hill, a “toxic waste dump on top of an Indian burial ground.” Could this be the same site mentioned in “Arkham”? Will it be the future site of Ace Chemicals? Time will tell.
S01E09 – Harvey Dent
Doesn’t the police sketch of the Wayne’s killer remind you of our Joker from S01E02 “Selina Kyle”? Remember the killer had shiny shoes. This guys says “Hey, Clown! Watch the shoes!” when Harvey bumps into him. Has he been hiding in sight this whole time? Also remember in Burton’s Batman the Joker was the killer… Something to keep in mind.
S01E10 – Lovecraft
Clyde the fence was a pretty jovial fellow, hmm? Plus did you notice his henchmen’s jackets had a Harley Quinn-esque figure screenprinted on the back? Joker or not we hope to see Clyde again soon. He was fun.
S01E11 – Rouges’ Gallery
Was that Ceaser Romero laughing in the background of Nurse Duncan’s death scene? Whoever it was it sounded like a real joker. Play the clip below to hear more:
S01E12 – What the Little Bird Told Him
Not much Joker in this episode. Best I could come up with is the green and purple suit Oswald wore. LOVE those colors, and a certain clown prince of crime does too.
S01E13 – Welcome Back, Jim Gordon
Derek Delaware, the cop who ultimately gives us Flass in the third act, calls to mind the man who became the Joker in The Killing Joke.
He’s a bad guy, but he’s obsessed with his family’s safety. Considering Flass is “protected” maybe some bad cops will throw a red hood on Delaware for paybacks? This would also make Gordon responsible for the Joker’s creation, which might placate families who insist on Batman being involved in the clown’s origin story.
S01E14 – The Fearsome Dr. Crane
No direct reference this week, but the subject of Indian Hill did come up. Oswald tells Maroni that whoever controls Indian Hill will control Gotham City. We know from “Penguin’s Umbrella” that the site is a toxic waste dump built on an Indian burial ground. We also know from “Arkham” that it surrounds the Asylum on all sides. We’d theorized before that Indian Hill might be the future home of Ace Chemical where one of the Joker’s origin story takes place. Joker or no, Indian Hill is important to Gotham. We just need to figure out why…
S01E15 – The Scarecrow
The promo for next week:
Yep. Think we’re done. here. This page is probably on the way out. No more songs. No more Joker speculation. Okay. Next week we’ll do one. That’s probably it though.
Oh, and that laughing actor from the other promo? He tweeted this:
You really should watch #Gotham next week. I’m not clowning around.
— Cameron Monaghan (@CameronMonaghan) February 10, 2015
S01E16 The Blind Fortune Teller
Looks like we’re done here, guys. Check out Episode 25 for our thoughts on the Joker’s origin. Might come back for the Red Hood episode though. We’ll see.
S01E17 The Red Hood
Ok. I know we said we weren’t doing Look at this Joker anymore but so many of you demanded it we’re back! We’ve already covered the Joker’s connection to the Red Hood in detail but we should acknowledge no potential suspects survived the episode (minus the kid at the end).
S01E18 Everybody Had a Cobblepot
While we’re still pretty sure that Jerome is the Joker Ben McKenzie talked to E! Online and called it into question. If nothing else he suggests that it’ll be a few years before we see green hair and red lips.
He’s possibly going to be the Joker because it’s an origins story. We…have a couple of possible people who could be the Joker. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Cameron Monaghan is the Joker. He might be. What I can promise you is this is not a bait-and-switch. This is not someone who is just a character who is going to disappear. This is not a red herring. – Ben McKenzie
So who the hell knows? Looks like we’ll be looking at Jokers for a little longer.
Spring 2015 Hiatus
While the latest episode of Gotham didn’t have any big Joker nods we did want to mention the first-ish pic of Jared Leto as the clown prince of crime. He’ll be acting (along with Fish husband Will Smith and the first live action Harley Quinn) in the upcoming film Suicide Squad. He doesn’t have the makeup, but the green hair, creepy eyes, and camera scream Joker to me.
And yes, if you recognize this pose it’s because it’s a reference to an iconic image from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.
S01E22 “All Happy Families Are Alike”
Bruno Heller has already said that Season 2 will feature the Joker like Season 1 featured Penguin. There aren’t many Joker clues in this week’s episode but there are some total loons. First up is Butch
Butch is torn between his old friend and new master. The look on his face as he decides who to shoot had a certain Joker-esque flair, but not nearly as much as…
Barbara finally cracks tonight after revealing she killed her parents to Leslie Thompkins. If she survived Jim has a ticket to Arkham with her name on it. I’ll bet she’ll fit right in. Maybe she can makes friends with that Jerome guy…
S02E03 – The Last Laugh
We were so sure he was the guy, but the guy we thought was the guy ain’t the guy which leaves the guy we thought he was with a big question mark over his head. Luckily, John Stephens leaves us with some fun possible Jokers at the end of the episode.
Maybe? Probably not. He’s too old. I think he was just drunk.
It’s Howdy Joker time! The creepy kid laughing over his parents fighting is around the same age as Bruce. I’ll give it a 45% chance.
The guy with the beard is out, but the one in the back there has the right build for it. I’ll give him a 30% chance. Regardless of who the Joker might be we can all agree our dear departed Jerome gave him his clownish shtick. He was a great “Joker”. He will be missed.
S02E09 “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”
S02E13 “A Dead Man Feels No Cold”
Ace Chemicals, eh? I seem to remember a certain JOKER falling into a vat of chemicals there. Interesting that it’s a division of Wayne Enterprises. Will Bruce be even more responsible for his greatest villain? If nothing else Hugo Strange should have all the freezy juice he needs since Indian Hill is a Wayne project too. EDIT: Yes we saw Jerome in the tank.
S02E14 “This Ball of Mud and Meanness”
There’s no denying the lead singer Jerry bore a striking resemblance to the Clown Prince of Crime, both in makeup and in demeanor. Nihilistic, chaotic, and with a great set of pipes, Jerry sung her way into our hearts (and the GCPD interrogation room). We’d be lax if we didn’t mention all the #Maniax and Jerome-esque imagery behind her during the show. Perhaps if he finds his way back to the land of the living he’ll her join in a manic duet? One can only hope.
S02E17 “Into the Woods”
Young Bruce Wayne throwing money off the roof puts me in mind of the Clown Prince of Crime’s gesture in the climactic parade scene in 1989’s Batman. The Joker throws money out to the crowd to distract them while he lets the Joker gas fly! It’s a great scene. Watch it here if you haven’t seen it.
Another week, another piece of Joker graffiti pops up on a wall when Jim, Bruce, and Alfred are running their heist to save Karen. I guess in Gotham City vandalism is the least of their problems.
Listen to the laugh on this guy! Yep, that must be Jerome.
S03E01 “Better to Reign in Hell”
Barbara’s laughing fit when confronted by Butch’s plant at the Sirens cwub was very obviously inspired by her former magician friend Jerome, as was the psychotic beating she gave him right after. She even cracked a joke when Penguin came to fix things! One can only hope that if (when) Jerome comes back we’ll see our crazy couple reunited.
S03E04 “New Day Rising”
S03E05 “Anything For You”
The Red Hood Gang? Setting a bus on fire? Jerome totally did that. This scene is just a big barrel full of Joker references! While I was sad Jerome wasn’t part of the crew he probably will be the next time the Gang appears.
S03E08 “Blood Rush”
Doctor Maxwell Symon’s face-slicing side gig calls to mind a recent Joker-centric story from the Batman comics. Yes, the Joker sliced his freaking face off for some reason! The storyline was called Death of the Family” and featured The Dollmaker as the face slicing doctor. Instead of getting a new face, the Joker tied his old one back on which made him look even freakier than normal.
S03E11 “Beware the Green-Eyed Monster”
Yep, that’s him. There’s also that weird Joker cult.
S03E13 “Smile Like You Mean It”
Look at THESE Jokers, right? There were so many Jokers and Joker homages in this episode it’s hard to know where to start. If nothing else our prediction a few episodes back about a “Death of the Family” homage was spot on. Here’s to more Jerome! We might have to retire this segment though.
S03E14 “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”
We’d probably have an easier time calling out all the non-Joker moments in this episode, so instead we’d like to play this voicemail from “Big J”.
S03E17 “The Primal Riddle”
You’ll never guess the song that was playing in Sirens when Babara Queen/Kean came back in at the end of this episode.
That’s right. The band is called Killing Joke!
Dawn of the Joker League
Another new Suicide Squad trailer… This one with a Bohemian flair! Looks like Leto’s Joker will feature even more than previously thought.
More pics were released from Suicide Squad this week, starring brand new Joker Jared Leto. Chilling stuff!
Jokers of Summer
“Jerome”, aka actor Cameron Monaghan, posted this mugshot on Instagram in the lead-up to Comicon 2015.
#Gotham A photo posted by Cameron Monaghan (@cameronmonaghan) on
In addition, we got our first glimpse at Jared Leto’s cinematic Joker in the new Suicide Squad trailer:
Wild card suspect: Oswald Cobblepot. A Redditor came up with an interesting theory making it appear like Oswald was the Joker. With Oswald operating under the name Joker a new (rotund) character would steal his identity and become the Penguin. “Spirit of the Goat” probably blows it out of the water but we figured we’d mention it.
Not Crazy Confirmation Suspect: Bruno Heller confirmed this week that we would get at least a glimpse of the Joker this season. And they called us crazy for keeping track of the clues!