Gotham Creator Says They've 'Considered the Possibility of a Female Joker'
Spoilers for last night's Gotham ahead!
On last night's episode of Gotham, which was very subtly titled, "The Last Laugh," proto-Joker Jerome was brutally murdered by the new Big Bag in town, Theo Galavan. But although Jerome is clearly not the Joker who faces off with Batman when Bruce grows up, he apparently inspires the eventual Joker, as the end of the episode saw Jerome's death inspiring other would-be cackling murderers to come out of the woodwork.
After Cameron Monaghan's fun-filled performance, it would be a huge disappointment if the Joker were just some random copycat. It would be much more satisfying to see the Joker arise from a character we didn't expect, and some are already suggesting Barbara Kean. Her character has improved a million fold since she embraced villainy, and after she started working closely with Jerome in the first few episodes, we suggested that she would probably become Harley Quinn. But now that Jerome is out of the way, it leaves room for Gotham to do something unexpected and subvert gender expectations by making her a version of the Joker.
When asked whether there could ever be a female Joker on Gotham, creator Bruno Heller claimed that the writers had "definitely considered the possibility":
"100% possible. One of the central themes of the DC world is transformation and revelation," he told Comicbook.com. "Absolutely, those kinds of – I wouldn't want to call it playing with people's expectations or gender expectations – but we've absolutely considered the possibility of a female Joker, and we haven't… well I'll stop myself from saying more because I won't be able to stop revealing things."
I think Barbara as the Joker is a great idea. Although Cameron Monaghan is a great actor, there have been so many iconic interpretations of the character that it was difficult not to be reminded of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. Gender-swapping would fix that problem, as it would be an entirely new take on the character. And like we said, it would be much more anticlimactic if the Joker were some random character rather than a major character we already know and love to hate.
Gotham airs on Mondays at 8pm on Fox.