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Is Barbara Kean the Joker In Gotham?

October 7th, 2015 by Todd Black Comments

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Ok, so the big twist on the recent episode of Gotham was that Jerome, who many believed would be Joker, was killed. This death shocked many (including me), and left us wondering who the Joker would be in Gotham…if one ever does “truly” appear. Well, chatted with showrunner Bruno Heller, and asked about the fan theory that Barbara Kean was the actual Joker. Though he didn’t confirm anything…he did not they thought about the possibility…

“100% possible. One of the central themes of the DC world is transformation and revelation. Absolutely, those kinds of – I wouldn’t want to call it playing with people’s expectations or gender expectations – but we’ve absolutely considered the possibility of a female Joker, and we haven’t… well I’ll stop myself from saying more because I won’t be able to stop revealing things. (laughs)

No possibility – it is incumbent on us, when we’re telling such a rich, and psychedelic and surreal and infinitely expandable story, it’s both one of the joys of it and one of the scary things about it: you can plausibly go anywhere with this story. So nothing is too strange or too bizarre or too shocking for us to consider. And some of those shocking and surprising things will inevitably end up on screen to either the delight of fans or to their horror. As long as people respond and are engaged, we’ve done our job.”

Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!