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New treatment reveals a very different take on TV’s Gotham

January 7th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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While Gotham is dividing many people in the love it/hate it camps, it does seem that the show we have wasn’t the only idea on the table. Or almost on the table…

A treatment has emerged that has a very different premise at the centre of Gotham and even has a Batman lurking in the shadows too. The show was to be pitched to Warners but the current show was already approved.

Writer Henry Locke IV has posted the treatment for the pilot and his ideas for the first three seasons. The show would also not have focused on Jim Gordon but rather a new character.

According to the guys at i09: “The main character was 21-year-old, failing out of college, Olivia Sage, the daughter of a GCPD cop who is partners with Renee Montoya. The pilot treatment opens on the murder of Olivia’s sister, Amber. Olivia’s investigation into Amber’s death would have driven the first season, with Amber having been a friend to Carmine Falcone’s son, Dominic, and a confidant of the Riddler. Amber was so close to this show’s version of Edward Nygma, he would have joined forces with Olivia in a pact to bring “justice” to Black Mask and the Falcones.

“Among the other mysteries in the pilot is the spread of a drug called “Joker’s Wild,” derived from the Joker Venom. It appears in the teaser, with Dominic Falcone and his friends taking it, and in later in a club that Olivia visits. Both sisters get dosed when they are kissed by men tripping on it. We also see Harley Quinn in the pilot, denying that either she or the Joker has anything to do with the drug.

“There are a slew of original characters taking center stage in this version of Gotham: We’ve got Olivia and her family; Kristian Rose, an investigative reporter from Metropolis who lives in the shadow of Vicki Vale; and Deacon and Diego Silva, from a family with a “long lineage of breeding warriors for hire by embarking them on “The Pilgrimage,” a spiritual and physical journey that ushers them to the Asian continent in pursuit of those who drink from the fountain of youth.”

It seems the show would have been handled by some of the folk behind Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

What do you guys think? Would it have worked better than the prequel series we’re enjoying at the minute? Voice off below or on the social pages…

The full script is over at VoicesFromKrypton

Source: i09

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….