Have a read of this SPOILER-FULL article: Cameron Monaghan On The Joker
SPOILERS AFTER BREAK
Well, just watched Monday’s ep of Gotham, S2E2 and I’m really sad…
I loved Cameron Monaghan as baby Joker. He made Joker’s madness seem completely real and logical, natural even. No mean feat when you’re dealing with the Joker’s world view. The Joker isn’t a sideshow freak, he’s someone with a completely unique view of reality and morality. Monaghan got that he’s not a cackling psychopath, there’s something else going on entirely.
Yes, I can’t deny the twist of him getting stabbed was exciting, surprising – I definitely didn’t see that coming. And it’s good to know Gotham’s writers are willing to take big risks like that, it’ll keep us on our toes. I also get that they’re saying the Joker is more than one lunatic, it’s a virus, a plague that spreads and can infect anyone who’s open to it, as the final montage showed.
Monaghan was SOO GOOD as Joker. I like the age gap between him and baby Batman, it’s perfect for the future. Also, him being the “inspiration” for the “real” Joker in the future… well, it kind of makes that Joker a bit of a copycat rather than an original, doesn’t it? A pale imitation rather than the original.
Monaghan gave me the Joker that I love, albeit in embryonic form; he gave me The Killing Joke Joker. He also gave me elements of Mark Hamill’s Joker. The perfect combination which he then added his own twist to, flitting from hurt puppy dog to screaming murderer in a second.
I know Monaghan will go on to do other brilliant work, it’s inevitable.
But the end of Monaghan’s Joker is a huge missed opportunity.