The Joker has never been what you would call a wallflower, but amongst all of his most f**ked up deeds, few can top the moment when he wore his own severed, maggot-ridden face as a mask.
While it seemed as though this iconic look from The New 52 comics would be too ghastly to ever translate into live-action, Gotham took the plunge this week and delivered a surprisingly faithful version of the severed face mask, courtesy of resident loon Jerome Valeska.
The Joker's Biggest Face-Off Yet
#CameronMonaghan has teased us with his character's return for weeks now, even sharing pictures of his gradual transformation into #TheJoker — but nothing quite prepared us for how far Gotham was willing to go with his character.
No one looks particularly great when they first wake up, but Gotham's future Clown Prince of Crime looked even worse than most when he returned from the dead this week, only to discover that Dwight Pollard had sliced off his face.
Rather than run screaming to the nearest hospital, Jerome calmly decided that the best course of action would be to locate his errant face himself, and reattach it with a staple gun. Sure beats paying out for medical bills.
Understandably, this scene will live on in infamy as one of the most memorable and downright disturbing ever depicted on Gotham, so it comes as little surprise that cast members would decide to share photos of Jerome's transformation from behind the scenes.
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet..."
Following this week's episode, Sean Pertwee shared a photo of co-star Monaghan lying face up as make-up artists attached his gruesome special FX prosthetics, transforming the handsome actor into a ghoulish prototype of The Joker himself.
The actor who plays Alfred on the show captioned the picture with a warning;
“Approach with extreme caution. Geniuses at work.”
While it's heartening to see that Gotham's makeup team didn't actually remove Monaghan's pretty-boy face, the sight of those freaky face flaps aren't ideal for the faint of heart or British butlers for that matter.
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Check out Cameron Monaghan's next appearance as The Joker in next week's promo for Gotham:
While some fans may question whether a show like Gotham should reach such graphic extremes, comic book readers can certainly attest that these kind of moments are true to the source material, capturing the mad essence of The Joker in its purest form.
Our only worry is that Jerome could disappear again following the end of his story next week, which would be a shame as his character is undoubtedly the highlight of the show. Let's just hope that Cameron Monaghan ultimately has the last laugh. After all, we ain't seen nothing yet...