Hey Gotham...why. So. Serious?!
The best part about Fox's comic book show in its first season was the mysterious way it introduced the Joker—or, at least, the person who we assumed would eventually become the Joker—even when the Gotham boss evaded our question about whether or not Shameless star Cameron Monaghan is actually playing the Joker. (Which he so is, based on the way he crashed the Gotham Comic-Con panel totally in character. That laugh! So maniacal.)
So why isn't Gotham leaning in to all the fan hype about the Joker?! Two new teasers were just released for season two, and we only get a split-second glimpse of Monaghan making his epic return as "Jerome" aka the Joker in the footage. We. Need. More!
It's clear from his prison uniform that Jerome is being held in Arkham Asylum for confessing to brutally and ruthlessly murdering his mother in season one, but that's all we learn about the Joker in the new video.
From the dark tone of the footage, however, it's clear that we'll definitely be getting more of him in season two, as "a new era begins," and the villains rise up to take Gotham. Even Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) knows the direction the city is heading...he's seen asking the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) for help in the promo!
Watch the new teaser above now and just try not to get chills.
But that's not the only new season two teaser Fox released. Press play on the video below now to see Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) finally enter the cave he found in the season one finale...you know, the cave will become his Bat Cave. You hear those bats screeching in the background? Subtle foreshadowing. Very subtle.
Will Bruce start his training in earnest this season? Will we see a fully-fledged Batman on Gotham sooner than we thought? Is it fall yet?!
Gotham season two premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on Fox.