Carmine Falcone Nothing’s more important than (the) family

By  Phil Perich for Before the Bat: The Gotham Podcast

Wow, it’s getting real on Gotham lately, especially with Falcone.  Who is Carmine Falcone?  He first appeared in Frank Miller’s classic Batman: Year One storyline which was a flashback to Batman’s first few months in Gotham City.  In Batman #404 (1987), Carmine “The Roman” Falcone was attending a dinner party with some of Gotham’s most influential including Police Commissioner Loeb when it is interrupted by a very explosive warning from Batman telling everyone in attendance that they will no long be able to use the city for their own corrupt needs. 

Falcone is next seen in the miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween (1997).  In this year long story, also set in Batman’s first year, Batman attempts to hunt down the serial killer Holiday, who only kills 1 person every holiday, usually mob figures, most of them from the Falcone crime family.  Falcone also faces a battle on another front as he is continually burglarized by Catwoman, even attacked and scarred by her at one point.

It is revealed that Alberto Falcone, Carmine’s son is the Holiday killer. After learning that Carmine Falcone had ordered Sal Maroni to kill him, Harvey Dent, now the villain Two-Face, returns to kill Falcone.

In the Dark Victory miniseries (1999-2000), the sequel to Long Halloween, It is shown at the end that Selina Kyle (Catwoman) believes that Carmine Falcone had been her biological father.  

Carmine Falcone is alive and well after DC Comics reboots their whole continuity with the New 52.  In the Batman Eternal miniseries (2014-2015), Falcone is shown to have been out of Gotham for years, but he returns to claim his empire when he thinks the time is right.

Carmine Falcone has been portrayed twice in live action.  The first was in the 2005 movie, Batman Begins, where he is portrayed by actor Tom Wilkinson.

The second is on the TV show Gotham where Falcone is played brilliantly by actor John Doman.

So, does anyone else think we’ll see some of the comic book events in Gotham?  The Falcone/Catwoman connection would be shocking!  Tell me what YOU think:

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Until next week, be good. Remember, The Roman empire lasted for centuries!