Why Gotham's Joker is the best
He's terrifying, maniacal, absolutely insane—and that laugh. Oof! That'll haunt your dreams. But just don't call him the Joker.
Fox's Gotham started out as a relatively straight-laced Batman prequel, focusing on young detective Jim Gordon and a preteen Bruce Wayne dealing with the tragic murder of his parents. But three years in, this show is nigh unrecognizable from what viewers found when the show began. The ensemble has opened up to feature a bevy of comic and comic-inspired villains, which breathed fresh life and a dose of wackiness into the world of Gotham.
One of the best additions? Cameron Monaghan's Jerome Valeska, who has been established as a sort of proto-Joker for this pre-Batman world. He might not technically be the Joker, but he's the best version we've seen in a long, long time.