Gotham and five other great characters who deserve their own origin series…
If the last 10 years have taught us one thing it’s that the public can’t get enough of superheroes and now we’re going right back to their roots with Gotham.
In DC’s new TV series we're introduced to Gotham before Batman rose to fame and notoreity, when Bruce Wayne was just a child and we witness how the city became such a crime-infested cesspit and how iconic villains like Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange, Two-Face, and Mr. Freeze became such worthy adversaries.
Starring Ben McKenzie, who you’ll know better as Ryan from The O.C, as Jim Gordon, the police officer the caped crusader would go on to forge a close bond with, it follows Gordon as he attempts to almost single handedly clean up the corruption-ridden city and how things got to be so terrible it inspired Bruce Wayne to suit up and become a vigilante.
The series is out on DVD on Monday (October 5th) and you can see the trailer below, but all this talk of going back to back to an iconic character’s roots has got us thinking, which other characters deserve their own lavish life-story? Who deserves their own origin story? We’ve picked out five we’d liked to see…
Tywin Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
There’s long been talk of a prequel to the bloody and hugely successful fantasy series when it eventually comes to an end and there’d be no one better to focus on than Tywin Lannister. Before he became the vicious elder statesman and the father of Cersei, Jaimie and Tyrion, Tywin, who was barely out of his teens, personally crushed a rebellion against his father’s house and, during the twenty years he served as Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen, inspired a powerful and fearsome reputation. If a prequel to the Saga of Fire and Ice is ever commissioned, this would be an excellent place to start.
Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
We know Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is on the way, but how good would a spin-off showing how Lord Voldemort went from Tom Riddle to becoming a fully fledged psychopath be?
Agent Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
There’s a ready made backstory here. The story of how the coffee-loving agent joined the FBI and how his epic fallout with partner Windom Earle led to the pair becoming deadly enemies. It’d be weird and very, very good.
Black Widow (Avengers)
Before she was recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D and began assisting in keeping together the Marvel universe’s band of heroes, Natasha Romanoff was an orphan who grew up to be a Russian agent trained as a spy, martial artist, and sniper. An assassination a week overseen by some shadowy KGB types? Lovely.
Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It)
Just imagine it, Tucker - The Early Years, his rise to chief attack dog, you could see him learning his phenomenal swearing vocabulary, forcing his way from the hard streets of some horrible Scottish estate and into Westminster. He could be a ruthless tabloid journalist or a pitbull press officer for some awful corporate firm, either way watching him turn into the man who lit up The Thick Of It would be a joy to behold. And very, very sweary.
Gotham is released on DVD on Monday (October 5th)