Cameron Monaghan Reveals His Take on The Joker in Gotham. When we were first introduced to Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome in Gotham, we all assumed that he would turn out to be an early version of The Joker. It seems like this could be the case based on the actor’s comments here.
ComicBookResources recently spoke with Monaghan, who asked him about his take on the Clown Prince of Crime and where he turned for inspiration.
I read pretty much every comic I could get ahold of. There were the obvious ones, like ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ or ‘The Killing Joke,’ and some older ones like “The Laughing Fish.” I looked at pretty much every writer you can think of, from Grant Morrison to Brian Azzarello. I was trying to understand how the Joker is portrayed throughout the media.
In regards to his version on the character, he added:
I very much adore the sadistic nature of him. There’s his ability to remain cool and calm and cunning. He enjoys making other people squirm, which I think is fascinating. He enjoys pressing buttons a little bit. I only had that one scene to really show off, so I wanted to take advantage of it as much as I could. I was playing with the character’s intelligence a little bit there. I was lucky to get that scene where we get the turn, where we get that last punch line, where it’s revealed he’s been scheming all along. That moment is great. Like any actor, I was relying on the script to carry me, and I think it works.
The only question remains is whether Monaghan will return to play Jerome in the future. “When I was on set, we discussed the possibly of me coming back in the second or third season. Nothing is set in stone yet. I think the producers have a firm plan for what they want to do, but I was not privy to it while I was filming. I would love to come back and do some more.”
After knowing that he is partially responsible for bringing an origin story to a complex character, the actor wants to see where the show will take him.
Relating it to Jerome, I’m so curious to see where they take him. Batman is so integral to the Joker’s origin, and we don’t have that right now. However, Jerome is a person who existed in some capacity before that. There’s no reason he couldn’t have been that person before all of this happened. It will also be interesting to see if they want to go the route of the vat of chemicals. In Christopher Nolan’s films, he was a man who chose to simply put on make-up. Perhaps that’s even scarier, since he made the decision to be this creature.
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