Gotham, an absolutely insane show that once blew James Frain up with a bazooka, has gone straight-up off the deep end in the lead up to its fifth and last finale coming up on April 25. We already knew that the series’ final episode would jump forward several years and feature David Mazouz playing a suited-up Batman, but a new teaser, simply titled “J”, revealed the first look at Cameron Monaghan in full-on fucked-up Ace Chemicals bath Joker make-up. “I feel something new,” Monaghan says in the video after some Arkham Asylum establishing shots. “Something… beautiful.”
Monaghan has only technically been playing Batman’s greatest nemesis over Gotham’s history; officially, he’s been portraying Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska, two twins who come complete with all the green-haired, high-pitched-laughing trappings of the Joker but not the name. (And even here, no one calls him the Joker…) One time Jerome lost his face and then sewed it back on. Gotham is flawless art.
In keeping with Gotham‘s extremely on-brand visual palette, Monaghan’s full Joker is at once ridiculous, hilarious, and incredible comic-book-y beautiful, like the time Shane West‘s Bane appeared looking like a post-apocalyptic Keurig machine with legs. I genuinely, unironically love the look of the Joker here; it’s disturbing, like the monster from the Jeepers Creepers movie had an unholy child with Jack Nicholson‘s Joker from Tim Burton‘s Batman. I love it. I will miss this sweet, sweet bit of Batman ridiculousness when it ziplines off into the sunset.
Now give us Robin Lord Taylor in the Penguin fat suit you absolute cowards.
Check out the video below, followed by the character poster released alongside the teaser. Gotham—which also stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, and Cory Michael Smith—airs its finale episode on Thursday, April 25.