Gotham Adds Classic DC Comics Villain from the Dark Knight Series
No, not the Joker, sorry, although expect that to happen soonish. It's the Scarecrow, a similarly classic Batman villain who was played by Cillian Murphy in the Dark Knight series.
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This wouldn't be too much of a surprise on its own, since you can't really have an Arkham Asylum storyline without the iconic Scarecrow, but executive producer Danny Cannon revealed that Scarecrow would appear as a child before he's Scarecrow, and that the mantle would be passed on from his father. So the actual Scarecrow will not be the mastermind behind whatever mayhem Arkham Asylum causes on Gotham, at least for now. Cannon stated that the father would be the primary antagonist for Jim Gordon, while Scarecrow will be the contemporary of baby Batman. (And Poison Ivy?)
Scarecrow is a supervillain who goes by the name Jonathan Crane. A corrupt psychiatrist, he uses psychotropic drugs in order to feed off of his patients' fears for his own personal gain. In the comics, his origin story involves an obsession with revenge after being bullied and psychologically tormented all through grade school, so seeing him as a child has the potential to be very interesting and fitting.
The seventh episode of Gotham, "Penguin's Umbrella," airs tonight at 8pm on Fox.