Spoilers for Season 3, Episode 9 of Batwoman
The midseason finale of the third season of Batwoman debuted tonight, thoroughly shaking up the status quo of Gotham City. The episode was already expected to debut the new version of Poison Ivy, with Mary Hamilton embodying the iconic DC villain. Apparently, That wasn’t enough for the series, as the show turned it up a notch through its new iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime.
The episode partially revolved around the drama of Ryan Wilder / Batwoman and her newfound birth family, which was further complicated by the reveal of the dark side of her half-brother, Marquis Jet. It is revealed that Marquis was traumatized after crossing paths with The Joker when he was a child. This led to him developing violent tendencies. Tendencies so violent that his and Ryan’s mother, Jada Jet, wanted to put him in cryo sleep. Marquis was able to get the upper hand from that plan and he blackmailed Ryan into signing over her Wayne Enterprises ownership. To top it all off, Marquis dyed his hair purple, making fans think that he might be the show’s version of The Joker.
Creegan shed some light on his take on The Joker in an interview with TVLine. He said:
I thought it was just auditioning for Marquis Jet, this sexy playboy who was arrogant, and he gets everything he needs from his mother. Funny enough, I wore a purple shirt in my audition. Two weeks before I flew out to Vancouver where Batwoman films, I had a FaceTime meeting with showrunner Caroline Dries, and she was like, ‘Hey, Nick… There’s really no other way to say this, but you become the new Joker.’ My face was frozen, and my jaw literally dropped. I was immediately shocked, excited, scared, intimidated. I had all of the feelings all at once. So I knew right before I flew out to Vancouver to start shooting.
He also added:
Marquis has a way with his words. He’s very charismatic and charming. I think he draws people in with the way he’s able to speak to an audience. In Episode 7, you see that when he makes that speech at the end and poses certain questions that make you wonder, ‘Is he crazy? Or could I understand why somebody might feel the way he feels?’ In later episodes, people will definitely be able to relate to some of the things he’s saying. I don’t condone any harm on other human beings, but in terms of his philosophy on treating people with mental illness fairly and not just treating them like a pariah, I think people will be able to agree with that part. Marquis is one of the most complicated characters in the series. I feel like my rendition of him is pointed towards making people think more deeply about mental health and awareness, and how we treat people with mental health issues.
In Season 3, Creegan hinted it would involve some new takes on “classic” Joker mythos in Marquis’ Joker heel turn. He revealed:
Fans have a lot to look forward to in terms of classic Joker memories. There are going to be certain situations, items, stories brought into the mix that the original Joker from the comic books has always had his hand on. Marquis will be tapping into certain things that will remind people of the original Joker. You can also look forward to him really giving the Bat Team a run for their money. The first episode after the midseason finale is going to be very intense and insane, and they’re going to get a full dose of what Marquis has to offer. By the time we get to the end of the season, I think certain people’s hair will go gray. It’s going to be a stressful season for people who love the good guys.