The Batman featured different villains, and one that ended up being a big threat to Robert Pattinson’s Batman was Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and he’s very different from Christopher Nolan’s version of the character in The Dark Knight trilogy. Batman has been adapted to all types of media for years thanks to his popularity and success, and one of the best film adaptations of the character was that by Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight trilogy, and the character is now going through a different version thanks to Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
Different villains from DC Comics accompanied Batman in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and so far, Nolan’s universe and Reeves’ The Batman have one villain in common: Carmine Falcone, played in Nolan’s universe by Tom Wilkinson and in Reeves’ universe by John Turturro. Gotham City’s crime boss was portrayed differently in Batman Begins and The Batman, and while they had some things in common that make the character who he is, The Batman’s version is far from what Nolan offered – but which one is better?
Why The Batman’s Falcone Is So Different From Nolan’s
Carmine Falcone is a powerful mob boss, a friend of the Wayne family, and an enemy of Batman, as well as the illegitimate father of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in some versions. Falcone made his big screen debut in Batman Begins, where he was the head of the Falcone Crime Family and the biggest crime lord in Gotham City. As such, most politicians and police were on his payroll, so he essentially controlled the city.
However, Falcone wasn’t a big presence in Nolan’s Batman universe, even though he had a connection to Thomas Wayne, and it was mentioned that he shared a cell with Joe Chill, the man who murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne, and who he later ordered to be killed as he was about to testify against him. Falcone’s main role in The Dark Knight trilogy was to push Bruce Wayne into becoming Batman, as after a confrontation, Falcone told Bruce that real power comes from being feared, which prompted him to spend the next seven years training and immersing himself in the criminal underworld. Falcone was also part of Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow’s (Cillian Murphy) storyline, as he helped him smuggle drugs into Gotham, but Crane ended up driving Falcone insane with his fear-inducing hallucinogen.
The Batman, on the other hand, expanded a lot more on the story of Turturro’s Falcone, who was shown as an actual crime boss. Falcone was the secondary antagonist, and the audience got a taste of the crime web he had built in Gotham. It was also revealed that, just like in Long Halloween, he was saved by Thomas Wayne when he was shot as a young man. Falcone is implied to have been involved in the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne after Thomas asked him to intimidate a reporter and Falcone killed him instead, leading Thomas to plan to turn himself and Falcone in. Nolan didn’t show the extent of Falcone’s crime empire as Gotham’s main mob boss and instead showed him as a powerful man with influence, while Reeves’ version was an actual crime boss and his links to the Wayne family were much clearer, and he was given a bigger role in the story.
The Batman vs. Batman Begins: Which Falcone Is Better?
Given the above-mentioned differences between Falcone in Batman Begins and in The Batman, it’s hard to decide which one is better. What makes it difficult is that Nolan’s version of Falcone wasn’t given time to shine and his story wasn’t developed, so he can’t be properly compared to Reeves’ version. However, if just based on what was shown, The Batman’s Falcone is better, as his influence and control over Gotham was clearer, his connection to the Wayne family was well-established, and he was a key part of The Riddler’s plan and Batman’s investigation, rather than a catalyst for Bruce leaving Gotham and training to be Batman. Carmine Falcone was killed in the third act of The Batman, but his crime empire and backstory can still be explored in a sequel.
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