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The real Joker finally arrives in Fox's Gotham

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

It’s been four long seasons of teasing out the famous Batman villains that fans of the DCEU have been anticipating since the show, focused on the hero’s hometown, was announced. Now, after this week’s episode of Gotham, the world’s greatest detective’s match has finally arrived. How he arrived... now, that’s a bit strange.

The man whom everyone thought would be the mad clown, Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska, was always a teasing red herring — which only became more apparent after it was revealed that the character had a twin brother, Jeremiah. When Jerome is finally snuffed out for good, with Jim Gordon taking out the baddie in a rooftop gunfight, it was only a matter of time before the show cut to that Chekhov's twin.

After Jerome laughed his way to the grave, Jeremiah mourned his brother’s death... until a mysterious gift arrived for him. Seemingly from Wayne Enterprises, the gas-filled booby trap was actually Jerome’s misdirecting final joke, pushing his brother into utter madness and the utter villainy fans have come to expect from the Joker after all these years of arch-nemesising.

Thankfully, the show went with a concrete and not totally absurd origin story for the baddie, whose true origins — in comics and movies alike — have been disputed, too vague, or intentionally contradictory for too long. Forging its own path for the villain’s beginnings gives Gotham a gravity that is well deserved after finally paying off a four-year tease.