One of the biggest questions fans have when it comes to Gotham is: When will we get to see The Joker. While that might not happen in Season 1, the seeds of this super villain's story will be planted well before the finale. We might not get to see The Joker in the flesh, but his arrival in Gotham Season 2 will surely be hinted at.
The second half of Gotham has enough to keep true DC Comics and Batman fans happy, as it introduces Dick 'Robin' Grayson's parents. We'll also be seeing villains The Scarecrow and The Red Hood. Executive producer Bruno Heller goes onto promise that we'll get a tease of the Clown Prince of villainy before this year calls it a close. But it will be a very small, almost minuscule taste:
"We've said you're going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America -- nobody wants to wait. So, we will scratch the surface of that story, yes. But just scratch it -- a little tap on the door."
Bruno Heller had previously stated that The Joker wouldn't be mentioned at all until at least this coming fall season. While we won't get to see The Joker in his full clown make-up, we might get to see The Riddler don his infamous question mark-laden green leotard. While the Joker is only getting a small tease, the back half of Gotham Season 1 will actually focus on Cory Michael Smith's Edward Nygma and his journey to becoming the legendary riddling villain. Says the producer:
"Penguin [Robin Lord Taylor] was born a sociopath and was always going down this path one way or another. Nygma is someone who becomes the villain, and we see that journey begin in the second half of the season."
Edward is currently hitting it off with file clerk Kristen Kringle, played by Chelsea Spack. It's speculated that their break up will eventually send Nygma spiraling towards the dark side. About that, the producer says:"What motivates people to do things is oftentimes love. He is slowly starting to break through her defenses, but we take two steps forward and then one step back. It's not smooth sailing for Edward Nygma. It's complicated for her to have somebody's feelings in her hand. It's not as simple as rejecting somebody and having a clean conscience because she's starting to realize how deeply he cares."
What do you think about these latest revelations? Are you happy to know that the Riddler will begin to emerge as a fully formed super villain by the end of Gotham Season 1? Were you hoping for more of The Joker before the finale? Is it all a little too much for a first year show? Let us know what you think!