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DC TV Watch: 'Gotham' (Finally) Embraces the Joker
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means.
Who's laughing now: Ever since Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) first debuted on Gotham in season one, the Fox drama has made it a point to never actually call him "Joker." Executive producer Bruno Heller maintained that Jerome was only the beginning of the Joker mythology and refused to admit he was the famed villain. Two seasons later, the question has finally been answered: Jerome really is the Joker. Shameless star Monaghan also revealed that Jerome was initially supposed to die at the end of the winter finale. But instead of killing off the fan-favorite villain, the producers changed the ending so Jerome was arrested and thrown back into Arkham, leaving the door open for a potential return. Here's hoping Jerome returns sooner rather than later.
Batman begins: This week, Bruce (David Mazouz) also took a big step forward in his evolution toward becoming Batman. After coming close to killing Jerome, he caught a glimpse of himself in a funhouse mirror, decided he didn't like what he saw and came up with Batman's most iconic rule that same night with Alfred (Sean Pertwee). As they continued in their training, it would be for a purpose: Bruce would never kill. While Bruce is still years away from donning Batman's cowl, it's heartening to see the Gotham writers embracing his destiny so early on. Maybe the cape isn't as far off as it first seemed.
Full circle: Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) has officially come full circle to where his journey began. Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) shot Penguin off the docks on the end of the city. Brokenhearted, Penguin sank to the bottom of the river, bleeding from his gunshot wound, and the image was almost a direct callback to the series premiere when Gordon (Ben McKenzie) pretended to shoot Penguin off the docks. Except this time, Penguin's life is actually at stake. Of course, he'll find some way to survive, but any chance of a real Penguin/Nygma friendship or relationship has officially been ruined.
New big bads: Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is going to have her hands full of villains in the back half of this season. Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo have joined the drama as as "mysterious new villains." Not much else is known about their roles, and there are way too many potential DC Comics villains that they could be playing to even begin to speculate. The only detail The CW released is that Hatcher's character will become the new big bad of season two, which is extra exciting for DC Comics fans who know the actress as Lois Lane from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman opposite Dean Cain, who is currently playing Kara's adoptive father. Is there a potential reunion coming down the pike?
Matters of the heart: Is Kara against any and all romance right now? After breaking up with James (Mehcad Brooks) in the season premiere after season one was full of buildup to their relationship, Mon-El (Chris Wood) finally made his feelings for Kara's known...but she rejected him. Is she simply not interested in Mon-El, or is she closing her heart to all romantic relationships? Maybe she should take a page from her sister Alex's (Chyler Leigh) book and listen to her heart, as Alex and Maggie (Floriana Lima) are finally blissfully happy together, eating vegan ice cream and having adult sleepovers every night.
The Iris problem: Iris (Candice Patton) is finally starting to confront her ominous fate as this week, she convinced Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) to help her bring down an arms dealer as Kid Flash while she wrote up the exposé piece. Even though her work put her in harm's way (she was nearly shot during her investigation), Iris tearfully told Barry that it was worth it. She wants to leave behind a legacy more than just daughter, sister or girlfriend: she wants to leave her mark on the world as a journalist who accomplished something important. Iris fans have been frustrated with the show's treatment of her for a long time, as the writers haven't yet been able to incorporate her into the STAR Labs team in a meaningful way. And while this episode didn't fix the problem entirely, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Benefits of the multiverse: Yes, big crossover "events" are great, but this week's smaller crossover moments — when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) accidentally vibed into Supergirl's CatCo office, or when Oliver (Stephen Amell) called Captain Singh (Patrick Sabongui) in Central City to ID a potential metahuman cop — shouldn't be discounted. Even Legends of Tomorrow got in on the crossover fun this week by addressing the history of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) from The Flash aboard the Waverider. It shows just how connected these four shows are, and how willing the showrunners are to play around with mini crossovers.
Legends of Tomorrow
The ever-growing Legion: After this week's Legion of Doom-centric episode, the question still remains: when is the previously announced fourth member of the Legion, Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), going to join the ranks? "It's not going to be too much longer," Legion of Doom leader Letscher told THR. "He's definitely featured heavily in the home stretch here. Eobard wouldn't bring him into the fold if he felt like he was a danger to the unity of the team. Snart is definitely a full-fledged member of the Legion of Doom in this iteration of it. Snart obviously has a lot of relationships with all of the Legends, so that complicates things for everybody with regard to their attitude toward the Legion of Doom. It's a really great complication, and it comes at a perfect time in the arc of the season."
Passing the mantle: It has taken Oliver half of this season, but he's finally living up to the promise he made Laurel (Katie Cassidy) on her deathbed by training a new Black Canary. After meeting a metahuman who has Canary Cry powers, he welcomed her to Team Arrow with open arms. Both he and comic book fans alike couldn't help but crack a smile when the metahuman told Oliver her real name: Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), aka the original Black Canary from the comic books. Looks like the third time is the charm for Arrow's Canary after Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Laurel operated under that moniker.
Girl power: An upcoming episode already sounds like a series highlight, as Oliver finds himself up against an all-girl villain team-up of China White (Kelly Hu), Cupid (Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (Rutina Wesley) in "The Sin-Eater," airing Feb. 22. Just like Arrow did with a Suicide Squad-centric episode before the big-screen movie came out, is this The CW's small-screen version of Gotham City Sirens?
What did you think of all the shocking twists, reveals and mysteries on the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.