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