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‘Gotham’ Creator Promises The Joker ‘We All Know And Love’

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There was one announcement eagerly anticipated by nearly every Batman fan once the Gotham writers wasted no time in introducing the likes of Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and most recently, the Scarecrow. And after last week’s episode, it was finally confirmed: the Joker is on his way to Gotham, and far sooner than fans assumed. At least, that’s what was implied.

At the time we warned that there was a risk of a bait and switch in the name of ‘teasing’ or ‘playing’ with fan expectations, and we obviously weren’t alone. Executive producer Bruno Heller he remains coy, confirming that the minds behind the series are thinking long-term with Batman’s archnemesis – but it does seem that the red-haired young man known as ‘Jerome’ will become the Joker “we all know and love.”

For those who may have missed the Joker’s first official tease, it came in the form of a TV spot for Episode 16 (“The Blind Fortune Teller”) warning that the next DC Comics villain was “no joke”, with actor Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) laughing maniacally. Despite the obvious references made, Heller explains to THR that the cat isn’t out of the bag just yet:

 “He may or may not be The Joker… All I can promise is that’s not a bait and switch. It’s a long game we’re playing here.”

Heller’s choice of words will likely confuse, since his claim that the “no joke” tease is NOT a feint or misdirection seems to make it quite clear that Monaghan is, in fact, playing the boy who becomes the Joker. For now all that’s known is that Jerome has a connection to the circus which includes The Flying Graysons, and some circumstances bring him face to face with a young Jim Gordon.

Those not already on board with Gotham‘s willingness to break from comic canon may view the entire prospect of a teenage Joker with skepticism, since both he and Bruce Wayne are still – traditionally – years away from forming their alter egos. Yet all things considered, any hint at a version of Joker in Gotham was going to be met with some serious challenges.

Heller confirmed early on that there would be multiple Joker hints to keep fans guessing, which ran the risk of distracting from the stories told week to week. Casting an original villain caused speculation over a potential Joker-in-the-making, which risks detracting from the new character’s own qualities.

Heller explains why the Joker’s comic book origin provides some creative freedom, but reminds fans that Monaghan’s performance should be judged entirely on its own:

“The great fun of this show is that it’s the origin story of these famous characters, and with The Joker, the wonderful thing is that nobody knows where he came from and what his genesis was… What I can guarantee is that you have to follow that brilliant young actor Cameron Monaghan down the line, and you will see how this leads to the character we all know and love.

“When the episode is aired, people will see it’s not an imitation of somebody else or an homage to anyone. It’s a performance in and of itself.”

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It’s hard to agree with Heller’s assertion that part of the fun for the cast is providing “hints” of the comic villains they will grow to become, since more often than not, they are too on-the-nose for even casual movie fans to miss. Even if the executive producer has his hands tied when it comes to spoiling the show’s take on Joker, skeptics will be pleased to hear that he knows the core of the character lies with Batman, and not before him:

“In the pantheon of villains, he’s the dark king of this world, so it would be cheating the audience if we didn’t get into that. On the other hand, as those who are deep into the mythology know, the actual Joker — the full-on villain himself — does not appear until after Batman appears. That’s both a narrative opportunity and a narrative problem at the same time.”

What do you think of Heller’s comments on the matter of the showrunners’ plans for Joker? Does it seem that Monaghan will give the first of potentially several performances taking Jerome closer and closer to becoming the Clown Prince of Crime years down the road? Or do the creator’s previous claims that he would “fool people in the end” when it came to the Joker leave you with doubts? Sound off with your own thoughts in the comments.

Gotham airs Mondays @8pm on Fox.

Source: THR

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Playing Bullock no mystery to Logue on ‘Gotham’

“Gotham” is set in an era before Bruce Wayne is old enough to drive — let alone fight crime in a cape and cowl. That hasn’t stopped the creators from peppering the Fox series with the creeps and characters from Batman mythology.

Robin Lord Taylor has already established himself as the breakout performer with his portrayal of the Penguin. Other familiar faces from the comic books include those who will become Catwoman, Poison Ivy and The Riddler.

The creators didn’t stop there. Many of the other characters in the television cop drama come from deep within the comic books. That includes Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue.

In the TV series, Bullock was a good cop who has grown tired and accepted the corruption that plagues the Gotham City Police Department. In the comics, he was a big part of that corruption.

Although being part of a TV show or movie based on a comic book brings a whole new set of fans, it wasn’t that aspect that drew Logue to the role.

“My draw to it, totally, was a film-noir detective. Raymond Chandler kind of stuff,” Logue says. “I felt like having read ‘Gotham Central,’ and my kids were a big fan of the animated series, I felt like if he was that crass and that brass, how long could that last? There had to be other colors to this guy.”

Logue was able to bring his own colors to the character because of when the show is set. The tales are unfolding long before events in the comic books, where an adult Batman handles the colorful criminals. The noir elements play out well against the backdrop because Gotham City is a place enveloped in eternal gray from the sky to emotions.

Like so many film-noir characters, Bullock is complicated. He initially balks at having the new gung-ho partner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), but he has slowly revealed that he’s not the bad cop that he seems.

Logue is convinced that, when Bullock joined the police force, he had the same passion to change the world but has just reached the point where he’s just trying to survive.

“It’s complicated because Harvey Bullock’s generally in the right place, but he’s seen these young gunslingers come through and burn out,” Logue says.

Logue has an eclectic career, including his most recent jobs on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Vikings” and “Gotham.” The Canadian has starred in equal amounts of dramas and comedies.

No other project Logue has done has gotten the attention of “Gotham.” TV critics named it the “Most Promising New Show” of the fall 2014 TV season.

Despite all of the praise and attention, Logue is a realist when it comes to the show’s potential.

“I am lucky to have had a lot of different perspectives by walking through life for decades,” he says. “That’s why I keep in mind that you just never know what’s going to happen.”

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'Heroes' alumnus Milo Ventimiglia joins 'Gotham' as villain Ogre

Another bad guy is headed to “Gotham,” causing trouble for the citizens of Bruce Wayne’s hometown. The actor best known as Peter Petrelli in “Heroes” is slated to play the charming psychopath.

“Wrapped ADR on ‘The Whispers,’ on my way to Gotham,” Ventimiglia tweeted.
Milo Ventimiglia

This week was good news for the villains of “Gotham.” First, we heard that the Joker will be making his way to the hit Fox show. Now, it’s been announced that “Heroes” alumnus Milo Ventimiglia will guest star as Jason Lennon aka the Ogre in a multi-episode guest arc.

“Handsome, wealthy and seductive, the Ogre is a serial killer who has been preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of ‘tests’ as he searches for his perfect mate,” says Variety. “When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously.”

Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) aims to bring him down, which could only spell trouble for everyone.

Gotham” is a reimagining of origin stories from the Batman canon. These include teenage Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman, and orphan Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Fans even get to see glimpses of classic villains Poison Ivy, the Penguin and the Riddler. However, according to Variety, the Ogre on “Gotham” bears no relation to the villain of the same nickname from the DC Comics.

Ventimiglia is no stranger to action-packed roles. He’s spent four seasons playing superhero Peter Petrelli on NBC’s “Heroes,” as well as reluctant assassin Ian Mitchell in the Crackle series “Chosen.” The actor has voiced Wolverine in the “Marvel Anime” series as well as Spider-Man Noir on “Ultimate Spider-Man.” This will mark his first time playing a DC Comics character, other than his guest appearance as Green Arrow on “Robot Chicken.”

“Heading to Gotham to see my friend Ben McKenzie,” Ventimiglia tweeted about his guest star role. “Add a little madness to an already great and intense show. Very excited.”

Fans can also see Ventimiglia in the ABC sci-fi alien drama, “The Whispers.”

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Hyde: Seattle is the hope, New England the Super Bowl pick

My heart says Seattle. My heartburn says New England.

My heart says Seattle will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, because it’s fun and fresh and plays football with an old-fashioned snarl.

My heartburn says New England, because it’s bland and repressive and still plays football with an old-fashioned snarl.

My heart says Seattle, because Pete Carroll is a healthier and much more positive role model for football coaches to follow than the publicly dismissive, openly dictatorial Bill Belichick.

My heartburn says New England, because Belichick’s mind had two weeks to arrange defensive chess pieces against a Seattle offense with pedestrian receivers and the power running of Marshawn Lynch.

My heart says Seattle, because the inanity of this Super Bowl should end with NBC’s Bob Costas asking amid the post-game confetti, “Why are you MVP?” and Lynch saying, “You know what I did” and Costas saying, “Why are you MVP?” and Lynch saying, “You know what I did,” and Costas saying …

My heartburn says New England, though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell having to hand the trophy to ex-BFF and Patriots owner Robert Kraft would make for an entertaining victory scene, too.

My heart says Seattle, because it delivered the magic of sports with the unlikely way it beat Green Bay to advance.

My heartburn says New England, because it delivered the black magic of Deflate-gate in beating Indianapolis to advance.

My heart says Seattle, because it will return football to the 1990s throwback theme of, “Defense wins championships.”

My heartburn says New England, because quarterback Tom Brady will judiciously use running back LeGarrette Blount on a Seattle defense that ranks 10th of the 12 postseason teams after yielding 133.5 yards rushing against Carolina and Green Bay.

My heart says Seattle, because its trademark, “The 12th Man,” celebrates its greater community.

My heartburn says New England, because its trademark, “The Patriots Way,” celebrates smug and arrogance.

My heart says Seattle, because it’s in a time zone far, far away in a division even further.

My heartburn says New England, because of the Dolphins Syndrome, which is the sports version of the Stockholm Syndrome. The Patriots have held the AFC East hostage for so long Dolphins fans have positive feelings for and are won over by them.

My heart says Seattle, because it had the organizational smarts and trust to dump troubled child Percy Harvin in the middle of the season when most teams would have kept his talent.

My heartburn says New England, because it obviously had a wink-wink deal in place for Blount to walk out on Pittsburgh in November and return to his place in the Patriots lineup.

My heart says Seattle, because Brady still has some explaining to do about Deflate-gate.

My heartburn says New England, because Brady is … well, let’s be serious, how can you dislike Brady except on the jealousy meter? He’s the George Clooney of sports. Rich. Good-looking. Married to a supermodel. And still throwing touchdowns at 37.

My heart says Seattle, because it’s easy to root for former Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, a hard worker and good guy who regularly signs his Twitter messages with the whimsical, “#staysuckafree.”

My heartburn says New England, because you still wonder what Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland meant in releasing defensive end Rob Ninkovich because (as Ninkovich related), “We’re looking for another Larry Izzo.”

My heart says Seattle, because Richard Sherman is the Charles Barkley of football — loud, funny, genuine.

New England its the poison ivy of football — annual, aggressive, making you break out in a rash.

My heart says Seattle, because its special teams won the NFC title game with a fake field and an onside kick.

My heartburn says New England, because its special teams ranked third in the league, according to a Dallas Morning News formula, compared to Seattle ranking 17th.

My heart says Seattle, because it’s the way to root.

My heartburn says it will be New England 24, Seattle 20.

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