The new Fox series Gotham is already littered with characters from the DC Comics, from important figures such as Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) to villains such as Penguin (Robin Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), along with new addition Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). During an interview with Comic Book Resources, series creator Bruno Heller now confirms that the iconic Red Hood will also be appearing at some point in the last 10 Season 1 episodes. Here's what he had to say, when asked if any heroes or villains will be donning costumes this year.
"That's a good question. Especially now that we have a pick up, I always take a long-term view of a show. I'm looking at several years. So we're in no hurry to [do that] -- there's going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood, which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that's not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What's the power of costumes? What's the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal."
The Red Hood is a pivotal figure in the Batman universe, who, in certain comics, was revealed to be the first version of The Joker before his horrific, disfiguring accident. What's interesting about this is, as you may recall, Bruno Heller confirmed in May that The Joker will be a part of the series, although he wouldn't specify when he may first show up. It isn't known if Gotham will mine these comics, introducing Red Hood before turning him into The Joker, but Bruno Heller did tease a "shocking" season finale. Here's what he had to say, when asked if last week's Season 2 renewal changed any plans for Season 1.
"We'd always planned for the end of the season to be as big and spectacular and as shocking and as frightening and as sensational as it possibly can be. And we're going ahead with that plan."
Are you excited to see Red Hood emerge on Gotham? We'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we know exactly when this important character will surface. Gotham continues its Season 1 run with "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon" on Monday, January 26 at 8 PM ET on Fox.