After watching the documentary, Superheroes Decoded, I became aware of the old 1943 Batman short films. After watching it, I can instantly see how low budget it was. Batman’s cape kept wrapping around his arms when he fought and the ears on his cowl were flopping everywhere. It was kind of funny. Still, I enjoyed this part of the constant evolution of the superhero genre and would recommend it to the die hard Batman fans.
In the show called Gotham, we were presented with TWO versions of Batman’s most infamous nemesis, the Joker. The two versions are twin brothers named Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska. At first, we thought Jerome was going to be THE Joker, but it looks like he was just the man who inspired the rise of the TRUE Joker, who seems to be Jeremiah. One could argue that Jerome symbolizes the Heath Ledger version of the Joker while Jeremiah represents the Jack Nicolson version of the Joker. Their personalities and levels of insanity are similar and yet different at the same time. Jerome was a clear psychopath and anarchist who loved to laugh and cause death and destruction. Jeremiah, however, is cold, analytical, and shows little human emotion, which makes Jeremiah more of a sociopath instead of a psychopath and unlike Jerome, he does not laugh often. Both cause death and destruction for fun, but Jerome causes chaos for the sake of chaos while Jeremiah creates chaos to recreate the world in his image. It has been stated that the Joker is not a person but an ideology, but I think we may be seeing the rise of the TRUE Joker at the end of Season 4. Overall, I think Jeremiah is worse than Jerome because even though he is just as insane as Jerome, he is more intellectual and calculating, which makes far more creative in his madness than Jerome ever was, which would make Jeremiah infinitely more dangerous and more likely to be THE Joker. Another hint of Jeremiah being the TRUE Joker is that he would not kill Bruce Wayne, unlike Jerome. The reason this is such a telling clue is because the Joker’s greatest weakness that he cannot imagine a world without Batman since Batman was “too much fun”. I look forward to seeing Jeremiah continue to evolve into one of the most infamous supervillain of all time!
I just watched the trailer for the Season 4 Finale for Gotham and I think this is when we see the completion of Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman. In addition, we might see the rise of the TRUE Joker as well as Ra’s al Ghul and how they will affect Bruce for the rest of his life. When I finished watching the trailer and considered what was to come, I could hear this song in my head: the chanting from The Dark Knight Rises!
For decades, the Joker has been one of the most iconic supervillains of all time. However, to quote Prometheus, “A king has his reign and then he dies. it is inevitable.” Due to this, I wonder if the day will ever come when someone somewhere comes up with a supervillain who rivals the Clown Prince of Crime in terms of infamy. If such a character could be created, what traits would they have to be on the Joker’s level. Please share your thoughts.