San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us, and that means the first official screening of the pilot for [Gotham](series:1127075) - one of the most anticipated new shows in the Fox fall line-up!
Of course, one of the biggest questions for everyone is who will be playing the Joker? When the posters were first released, the most famous Batman villain of all was conspicuously absent, sparking debate over whether he would be part of this very different twist on a Batman prequel.
Then of course, someone got hold of the pilot episode, and treated us to all kinds of stills including this one of Jon Beavers as a stand-up comedian!
Could this be our Joker? As well as the obvious connection, he is also seen in Fish Mooney's club, and as she is our head bad-guy for the show right now, it could suggest that she will be taking this unnamed funny man under her criminal wing.
So I thought it was obvious. We had a Joker, and maybe he just wasn't going to be a major player at first, which is why he didn't have a poster. Simple, right?
According to Bleeding Cool, Fox is throwing us a curve ball with this one.
Basically, every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasising aspects of the character’s iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin.
All relatively unknown actors. All potentially a Joker. But only one of them being the actual Clown Prince Of Crime.
At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this, but the longer I think about it, the more I like it!
It seems like I was right to think that the Joker will not be a major character, at least in the first season of the show, and I'm really glad about that. I don't want this best-known bad guy to completely overshadow the rest of the characters, in the same way that I am glad that we actually aren't focusing on Bruce Wayne.
See also: Joker teased for Gotham?!
However, rather than leave him out completely, this is a very smart move on the producers part. I guarantee that we will have "who do you like best so far" articles and polls as more possibilities are introduced, and it feels almost like a game. Spot the Joker in the episode!
This is also brand new as a concept (as far as I am aware, anyway!) and I love seeing innovative ways of connecting with the audience and keeping them watching.
Fall cannot come soon enough!