ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

There aren't many more iconic figures in comic-dom than The Joker - especially when it comes to screen adaptations. Whether played by Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger, or voiced by Mark Hamill, the Clown Prince of Crime has stolen a place in our hearts - and nightmares:

Which is why, when a new set of screencaps from the upcoming Gotham pilot were released by Bleeding Cool, we were inevitably on the lookout for the biggest bad not yet announced to be appearing in the show...The Joker himself.

And whaddaya know - he might just be hiding in there after all...

Most of the images released show us different angles of the characters we've already had revealed by the impressively geek-baity trailer (which, if you haven't watched in a while, you can check out below) - but there are two that'll be of pretty massive interest to fans. We'll take a look at them just below, after a few of those alternative looks:

Harvey Bullock steps up to Jim Gordon
Harvey Bullock steps up to Jim Gordon

So, they're great and all - but they're not telling us anything all that new. What's a whole lot cooler, though, is this:

Yup, that's the show's precinct, in all its gothic, 1980's Tim Burton Batman movie-esque glory. Anyone worried that the show would be a sort of CSI-in-tights can probably relax a little.

The bigger sea-creature to fry, though, comes in the form of a stand up comedian working for crime-boss Fish Mooney:

Played by Jon Beavers, the comedian apparently struggles through a nervous set. Which in itself means...nothing much at all.

For everyone who's read Alan Moore's classic Bat-story The Killing Joke, though, this seemingly incidental scene could mean a whole lot more.

In it, Moore documents The Joker's true back story - and reveals that before he became Batman's arch-nemesis, he was an aspiring - and frustrated - stand up comedian.

Could this mean that Beavers (most famous for playing Twist the Disc-jockey in Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band) is set to play 'Jack', the man who would become The Joker? After all, it's not as though the series' producers would be unaware of his comic-book origins...

Well, maybe.

It's a tempting idea - and the casting of an actor without too much past experience could well solve the 'measuring up to Heath' problem - but it all seems a little too easy...

A little...telegraphed...

A little like...exactly the sort of scheme The Joker would pull...

Would NBC really add in red herrings to The Joker, just to tease us, though?

Yes, they almost certainly would. In fact, what do you want to bet that the whole first season or so is full of them - red hoods, if you will - before the show eventually reveals the character in the second or third season, when some of the already established villain's arcs are tied up?

Either that, or Jon Beavers just got about as big a break as you can get...

Either way, there's still time to cast your vote in our fan-casting for the Cinematic Joker - Will Matt Smith win out? You decide...

[Gotham](series:1127075) is set to premiere September 22, 2014, on NBC.


What do you guys think? Have we caught a glimpse of our Joker?

via Bleeding Cool


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