Gotham - Cameron Monaghan as Jerome

Have we finally met Gotham’s real Joker?

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Apr 6, 2018

Have the makers of Gotham tipped their hand as to what their endgame with the Joker may be? It sure looks that way with the latest episode, "Mandatory Brunch Meeting."

Here there be spoilers. 

Now, we’ve all known that Batman’s greatest nemesis would eventually appear in the show. And for a while, Jerome Valeska seemed like the all-too-obvious choice. As played by Cameron Monaghan, Jerome Valeska is the insane son of two circus performers with a wide and deformed smile, maniacal laugh, and… let’s just call it an antic disposition. Heck, Monaghan even based his performance on Mark Hamill's voice acting in Batman: The Animated Series.

But despite these clues, David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne on the show, confirmed that Jerome is not the Joker. However, Mazouz said during a sit-down on the podcast Discussing Film earlier this year that Mr. Valeska will serve as an inspiration for the Joker, and that the infamous villain would supposedly make his appearance on Gotham very soon.

That appearance very well could have been in “Mandatory Brunch Meeting,” where the audience is introduced to Jerome’s long-lost and until now unknown twin brother Xander Wilde, played by none other than Monaghan himself.

Could this be the way the show keeps its promise that Jerome is not the Joker, but keeps Monaghan on board to play the Clown Prince of Crime in an official capacity? Sure, it’s a touch reminiscent of Broken Lizard’s Beerfest, but it could work. We’ll just have to keep watching to find out. 

So, Gothamites. What do you think? Have we met the show’s Joker? Let us know in the comments below.