Robin Lord Taylor Of ‘Gotham’ Touches On If Oswald Cobblepot Is Really The Joker

Ever since the television show Gotham began on Fox, people have been making assumptions and coming up with theories about certain characters and storylines. Back in October, a Reddit user came up with the thought that Oswald Cobblepot (played by Robin Lord Taylor) is actually The Joker, not The Penguin.

The theory has gained a lot of steam as the first season of Gotham has continued on, but no one from the show itself ever really touched on it. That is, until now.

Robin Lord Taylor, Oswald Cobblepot himself, has finally spoken out on the wild theory that his character could actually be the dastardly and evil Joker. MTV News actually had a sit-down interview with him, and got his thoughts on the whole thing.

“I find it incredibly unlikely, but at the same time, I have no idea what could happen. I get the scripts and I’ll read something, and I will be just as shocked as everyone else is when they see it happen onscreen.”

It should be made obvious that Robin Lord Taylor really isn’t going to know what will happen for sure. He’s not the writer of Gotham, and isn’t aware what direction any characters, even his own, will go.

His opinion on the whole matter does make for interesting thinking though, and it will have fans wondering about the whole “Oswald Cobblepot is The Joker” thing even more.

According to, parts of the original theory actually rely on the people of Gotham believing that the real Cobblepot is dead, and that his name is out there for anyone to grab, so it was taken.

With that, Cobblepot — or whoever has his name — is back on the streets of Gotham. From there, that person could in turn become The Penguin or The Joker, and that’s something that everyone is waiting to learn.

Gotham airs on Monday nights, and tells the tale of a city as it was before Bruce Wayne became Batman and Jim Gordon was the man in the spotlight. Still, he wasn’t yet the police commissioner at the time, and is trying to deal with the villains and criminals of Gotham as a young detective.

Will Robin Lord Taylor actually get the distinct honor of being able to play two of the most iconic villains in Batman history? Only time will tell, but maybe one of the show’s stars actually talking about the theory may make writers take notice.

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