Gotham was one of those shows that I was not sure if I was going to like it at first. But then after the first season, it started to grow on me.
For those of you not familiar, Gotham features a young Jim Gordon as he battles the crime running rampant in Gotham. Bruce Wayne is just a kid in this series.
There are two seasons that have aired so far, and between those two seasons we seen the likes of villains like The Penguin, played brilliantly by Robin Lord Taylor, the Riddler, and other miscellaneous rogues.
This series plays very loosely with the canon of the established Bat mythos. You could say it takes place in its own reality at times. Gotham can get very dark at times but it also is not afraid to loosen up with its humorous moments.
At times Gotham seems very out there. Which I think is part of what makes it so interesting and appealing to fans.
One of the most interesting aspects of the show is how it chose to introduce the Joker. Just to warning for those who have not seen the show yet, there are spoilers ahead.
In the Season 1 episode called ‘The Blind Fortune Teller, we are introduced to a seemingly normal kid named Jerome.
In a shocking twist, with a performance that will send chills down your spine, we learn Jerome, played by Cameron Monaghan, is not as innocent as he seems. He is portrayed as a “proto-Joker”. At the end of the episode, Jerome is sent off to Arkham Asylum.
Season 2, Jerome is busted out of Arkham Asylum by a corrupt mayoral candidate named Theo Galavan. Jerome forms a group known as the Maniax and proceed to wreak havoc on the citizens of Gotham. Jerome ends up being betrayed and killed by Theo Galavan. But it is shown that his legacy survives him as his influence spreads throughout the city.
But Gotham has proven death is only the beginning. It has been reported that Jerome will be coming back and have even more ties in the Joker myth.
In an interview with Zap2it, executive producer John Stephen explains “It is our 100% our intention to bring Jerome back. We’re going to be playing it again this year and basically the idea of the cult of Jerome. We’re building the architecture for him to come back.”
Which means do not expect this to be something that happens right away. This is something that may not even occur until Season 4, if there is one. This sounds promising because Gotham has learned the method of building up to things with a big payoff.
So if they repeat what they done in the past, and take their time with it, this could be lead to a very interesting storyline indeed.
Gotham will be returning September 19th at 8pm EST on Fox.