Gotham is a bit of a mixed show for me. I love the adventures of young Jim Gordon as he grows accustomed to the crime filled streets of Gotham City, but I feel the show is making itself too apparent with the fact that it's a show set in the Batman universe—with no Batman. Featuring some of Batman's most classic villains in a show without the big bad Bat seems like a strange strategy to me. While I'll give it credit for making me extremely interested in the Penguin, a villain I cared little to nothing about before the series, I'm still waiting for that big villain reveal. You know the one:
Yes, the Joker! Batman's biggest enemy and the most notable face in his ever growing Rogue's Gallery! While the show has yet to feature the clown prince of crime, some news dropped by the [Gotham](series:1127075) showrunner may shed some light on how they plan to.
While speaking about his views on the need for costumes and whether fans should expect to see any of the notable villains don their comic book wear, executive producer Bruno Heller spoke about a certain hooded figure making his way to the show:
"That’s a good question. Especially now that we have a pick up, I always take a long-term view of a show. I’m looking at several years. So we’re in no hurry to [do that] — there’s going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood, which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that’s not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What’s the power of costumes? What’s the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal.
“We’re never going to be a full-on costume drama. We’re going to be a full-on character drama. Like Batman, there’s the super powers, super will, and there’s super strength, but only on a human level. Not on a supernatural level. It’s very important, again, for the longevity of the show, that we take this step by step.”
But even though he mentioned that Red Hood is making his way to the popular FOX show, he didn't mention who would be under the hood. The most commonly known 'Red Hood' is Jason Todd, the second Robin who after dying and being resurrected, comes back as the vengeful villain (then anti-hero), Red Hood!
But as the show is set at a time where Batman himself is still just a kid, the possibility of this Red Hood showing up is incredibly low. The second well-known, but the first Red Hood was actually the Joker himself! Before he became the laughing maniac we all know today, he wore a long Red Hood and committed crimes under the RH moniker. Things went awry when an unfortunate run-in with Batman caused Red Hood to fall into a vat of green liquid at Ace Chemicals. He survived, but his skin turned into a pale white, his hair turned green and his mind went bonkers!
It's also possible that we could be seeing the Red Hood Gang, a gang of hooded figures seen in the 'Batman: Zero Year' storyline of the New 52 comic books.
We'll just have to wait and see who's under the hood when Red Hood makes his way to Gotham in the foreseeable future!
Who do you hope to see under the red hood?