In Fox's newest "season trailer" for Gotham, which offered a glimpse at what's to come ranging from Professor Pyg, to Victor Zsasz, to a reference to Arkham City, there's one masked figure who's created quite the stir. Judging by his appearance, many have called him Scarecrow. He's pictured above. In the trailer, he says the following:
"The lamb always gets into heaven...I make sure of that."
He appears to be holding a knife, standing in an old theater, with a woman strung up in front of him. Now, while many people jump to conclusions and say "Scarecrow!" the odds are it's highly unlikely to be him. Here's why.
I do NOT believe this is Scarecrow.
Jonathan Crane has always been portrayed as a grounded (yes, insane, but grounded) psychologist, and never with any religious elements, except some incorporated into various backstories. His religion, in a sense, is fear- he would not likely believe in any 'heaven.' Physical torture is also not his gig, and neither is using knives. Scarecrow poisons his victims with his fear gas, because he finds fear fascinating.
The only similarities the figure in the [Gotham](series:1127075) trailer shares with Scarecrow is a burlap mask, but among criminals a mask to conceal identity is hardly uncommon. Scarecrow's age also ranges from an old man to a younger one, a new psychologist, but the show is trying to create an atmosphere where everything seems younger. On top of that, it hasn't had any of the major supervillains assume their criminal alter egos yet, so it seems unlikely they would just drop that in the first seven episodes and introduce someone like Scarecrow already in costume and murdering straight off the bat.
We'd also assume that if Scarecrow made it into the show in his villainous form it would be quite a major event, and warrant some kind of ploy to bring in more viewers. Despite this, none of the episode names for the trailer hint at anything to do with Scarecrow. Perhaps "Spirit of the Goat" is where this man fits in. It's worth noting here Gotham City's literal meaning is "home of goats."
So who is it then?
My first guess was that it's Victor Zsasz, played by Anthony Carrigan. I'm thinking that could likely be wrong, as the eye colour (hard to ascertain, but still) doesn't match up, and the voices sound a tad different. But the behaviour of torturing and killing women is consistent with Zsasz, at least certainly more than Scarecrow. The "lambs" reference is also quite consistent with Zsasz, who, players of the Arkham games will know, refers to his victims as "piggies." He's also on what he feels is a righteous mission to save people from their own existence through murder, which could be consistent with the talk of heaven.
Perhaps it's Professor Pyg in a burlap mask, not the pig mask shown in the trailer. The animal theme also fits here, as well as the idea of "removing imperfections" to reach a perfection and paradise, potentially heaven. The fact Pyg seems to be next week, if he's Pyg at all, and this doesn't show up in the trailer, would suggest otherwise, and in all doesn't seem likely the character. Hell, maybe it's Goatboy, known for trying to kill Damian Wayne. Just as likely is that it's an original villain created for the show.
A clearer view- are those horns?
But, while it's hard to make out, at the end of the trailer the same desolate theatre set appears, with a man walking through it with what appears to be horns on his head. Just before the camera zooms on his face even earlier the same horns appear present, but the close up is too close to see the top of his head. This is not indicative of Scarecrow, but indeed, resembles a goat. The man likely fits into the aforementioned Episode 7 "Spirit of the Goat", which has religious references in the title, and (obviously) a goat reference. So I don't believe he'll be Scarecrow. Perhaps a new character. Here are three alternate camera angles.
Does this scream "Scarecrow" to you? Because it doesn't to me. Looks more like he's Brother Blood from Arrow with his mask upside down. (Kidding, kidding.)
And one more, found after a rewatch towards the start and edited in, both horns very clearly visible. Less and less like Scarecrow to me.
What do I conclude from this? Maybe he is Scarecrow. I think it's highly likely he's not. I'm thinking the show likely has other plans for a young Jonathon Crane.
Above all, I don't think people on Moviepilot, nor on other news websites, should go reporting him as Scarecrow from a quick glimpse at a mask and stating it as fact. Speculate, sure, but don't mislead or lie to people. It's led to excitement and complaints that this is too early for a major villain, which could unfairly damage the show's reputation when reported on a news level with opinion or speculation masquerading as fact. Let's wait for confirmation or to see the episode first, and then we'll decide.