(WARNING: The following contains potential plot SPOILERS for future episodes of Fox's Gotham, largely stemming from a number of teasing images posted online by a member of the show's cast. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)
Now, #Fox's #Gotham may be more of a bat-prequel than a conventional #Batman show, but that's never exactly stopped it from filling its roster of villains with some of the Dark Knight's greatest foes. While the likes of The Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler having their origins develop (somewhat) separately from the young Bruce Wayne makes sense, however, there's one villain whose career has always been closely tied to that of the Batman: #TheJoker. After all, depending on which comic book origin story you consider canon, the iconic villain only truly became what he is today because of Batman, something that has always made the idea of him appearing alongside a teenaged, pre-costume Bruce Wayne a little odd for some fans. Which is, of course, likely a key part of the reason that we haven't yet actually seen the Clown Prince of Crime on Gotham.
As it turns out, though...
A 'Scarred' Joker May Well Be Making His Way To 'Gotham' In The Near Future
That, at least, is the most obvious interpretation of a recently tweeted image from Gotham star — and widely accepted proto-Joker — #CameronMonaghan, a.k.a. #Jerome. Monaghan, y'see, threw the following image up onto Twitter a few days ago...
...an image which, along with a handful of other recent posts to social media...
...seems to suggest that Monaghan's Jerome will not only be returning to Gotham, but may well be doing so with a collection of distinctly Joker-like facial scars and, crucially, the villains iconic "widened" grin:
Which is, of course, rather big news for anyone who's been rooting for Jerome's return to the show (he's been dead for the last little while, but seemingly not permanently so) and for that reappearance to herald his transition into the youthful Joker many fans believe him to be destined to become.
For anyone out there of such a disposition, then, it's worth spending a little time poring over some of the New 52's Joker-centric tales, with #DC's most recent incarnation of the villain being far and away the closest visual match to the images of Monaghan above:
Could that in turn suggest that Monaghan's Joker is set to receive some distinctly New 52-themed treatment in the show, then? If so, then don't be too surprised if Gotham's version of the Dollmaker winds up being involved. After all, the character's comic book incarnation was the one responsible for removing The Joker's face at one point (don't worry, gang, the Clown Prince pinned it back on), leaving a fair amount of precedent for a similar event to go down in Gotham.
Or, alternatively, it's entirely possible that our collective interpretation of Monaghan's apparent social media revelations is in fact far from accurate, and that something else entirely is going on. With Jerome very much on his way back to the show, however...
...it might just be worth holding on to some Joker-related hope.
Still want more on Gotham, and Jerome's potential return? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.
In the meantime, though, what do you think? Will Jerome turn out to be The Joker, or is he just a giant red(-haired) herring? Let us know below!