If promos are to be believed, The Joker, or at least some form of him, will be coming to Gotham in tomorrow nights episode titled “The Blind Fortune Teller”. But as in all things, that raises questions, the obvious one being: Is this for real?
“He may or may not be The Joker,” he tells THR of Shameless breakout Cameron Monaghan’s mysterious character. “All I can promise is that’s not a bait and switch. It’s a long game we’re playing here.”
He goes on…
“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,” he says. “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.”
Heller also notes how the performance of Monaghan’s is something special, and is truly brought to life by him.
“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.”
Furthermore, Heller notes that The Joker has been on his mind from basically day one of Gotham.
“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,” he says. “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.”
Solution to said problem? Timing.
“As with all of these stories, it relies on not giving the game away too early.”
Exciting, isn’t it?