Gotham to introduce Scarecrow origin, Joker and Robin’s parents in season one
There are so many wonderful stories tied to the Batman franchise that the new series ‘Gotham’ has to choose from, and now we know a few of the plots that will develop over the next year or two. This month we know that secret origin of The Scarecrow will be revealed tonight (February 2) and expanded on Feb. 9, when Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) track down a killer who murders in the name of science.
Late this month on Feb. 16, Gotham City’s elite will welcome the circus, only to see an insane clown attack and then trap Gordon and Dr. Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin) under the Big Top. This episode will have Gordon meet John Grayson (guest star Rob Gorrie), the father of the future Robin. Finally, on Feb. 23, Gordon and Bullock track down the Red Hood Gang, as Selina (Camren Bicondova) plays a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with Ivy (guest star Clare Foley).
The executive producer, Bruno Heller, first announced that the Joker wouldn’t be part of season one, but that seems to be changing. Now the EP is telling fans that small Eater-eggs and foreshadowing of the iconic villain will be part of season one. As reported by TVguide, Heller stated, “We’ve said you’re going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America — nobody wants to wait.” Later he added, “So, we will scratch the surface of that story, yes. But just scratch it — a little tap on the door.”
Fans still have quite a few story-arcs to finish up before the Joker appears though, including the Riddler’s (also known as Edward Nygma and played Cory Michael Smith) downfall into insanity or the continuation of the Penguin’s rise to power (played by Robin Lord Taylor).
Other popular additions that fans hope to see in the future include The Joker’s Doctor, Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzell, M.D., who then turns second-in-command under the name Harley Quinn. No word yet on her addition to the cast, but it will certainly be a welcomed role for many fans of the DC Universe.