Fox's Gotham is already filled with iconic Batman villains like Catwoman, the Penguin, Riddler and numerous, more obscure characters. You can now officially add another name to that list -- Red Hood.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Gotham executive producer Bruno Heller says the Red Hood will appear in a future episode of the show.
"There's going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood," Heller says. "Which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that's not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What's the power of costumes? What's the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal."
It is assumed Heller is talking about the old Red Hood, as opposed to the Jason Tood version of Red Hood. Just for clarification.
While confirmation that Red Hood will appear on the show is big news in and of itself, savvy Batman fans know the Red Hood's arrival could foreshadow the introduction of an even greater villain. Though never definitively proven, numerous Batman comics have pointed towards the Red Hood as being the first incarnation of the Joker, prior to his accident that left him insane and disfigured.
It is certainly possible Gotham is building towards Red Hood's transformation into Joker, or they could simply be using the character and his gang of criminals to introduce the idea of costumed villains, as Heller told CBR. Joker's origins have always been shrouded in mystery. Where did he come from? Who was he before? It's never been 100 percent set in stone, which is part of the reason the Joker is such a captivating villain. Perhaps for that reason Gotham won't go as far as definitively tying Red Hood and Joker together. Either way, the show's future should be an exciting one for fans.