Carmine Falcone (The Roman)

Carmine FalconeIn one of the early trailers of Gotham, we saw James Gordon speaking with an intimidating stranger, warning him about the many risks he would have faced in town. Thanks to the new viral site for the show, we now know who that guy is: none other than Carmine Falcone, the crime lord of Gotham City. The actor’s name is not yet revealed (and I cannont recognize him), but it’s quite positive his role will be prominent in the show, most likely being a rival of Fish Mooney and quite an obstacle for the Penguin‘s rise to power. The character’s first live action appearance occured in Batman Begins, where he was portrayed by Tom Wilkinson. The true and unquestioned boss of the city, Falcone was “fired” by Ra’s al Ghul‘s forces, driven mad by the Scarecrow, and locked in Arkham Asylum for good. Waiting to see this new version, let’s see who the original one is.

Among the many criminals in Gotham City, some mob boss grew in power until they became the true lords of the town, fighting each other to gain absolute control over the city’s soul. At the end, two main families remained aiming for the throne: the Falcones, led by Vincent Falcone, and the Maronis, led by Luigi Maroni. The two families were equal in power and influence, a balance that unavoidably led to an all-out war. Carmine was born during this great mafia war, first son of Vincent and the heir of his criminal empire. Since his very childhood, he was involved in his father’s “business”, and grew up learning how to rule a criminal empire and how to treat withcarminefalconecomics1 enemies and allies alike. Seeing some dangerous potential in the young man, Luigi Maroni shot Carmine, leaving him for dead. The boy, however, was still alive (hardly), and his father, fearing that Maroni’s men would have finished the job if he had brought his son to a hospital, took Carmine to the private house of surgeon Thomas Wayne, begging him for help. Thomas perfectly knew what kind of man was asking for his help, but his ethics forbade him to let a man die on his frontdoor, so he accepted to try and save him. The operation was succesfull, and Carmine survived the night. More determined than ever, Vincent had Luigi killed, thus settling the war for the time being. When Luigi passed away, Carmine, now nicknamed The Roman for his “imperial” attitude, became the new boss of the Falcone family, and showed everyone from the very beginning of his “career” that he was the worthy heir of his father. He settled down the remaining affairs with the Maronis, leaving the young boss, Salvatore, a certain autonomy, but always mantaining control over the old adversaries. He then bought the entire Gotham City Police Department, bribing everyone, from the last street agent to Commissioner Loeb, transforming the police in his private militia. Also any shop and industry fell under his influence, widening his income. Finally, Gotham City was of the Falcones’.

Some time later, Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha were killed by a robber, Joe Chill, in an alley. Remembering the debt he had with the doctor, Carmine attended the funeral, and renew his debt with Wayne’s son Bruce, telling him he would have accomplished any request coming from him in the future. The offer seemed to be prophetical, as the only thing The carminefalconecomics2Roman couldn’t forsee was the one that eventually brought him down. During a dinner with the most important of his “associates”, a masked man with a cape broke in to the restaurant, incapacitating the guards: he warned Falcone that his power was at end, and threatened his guests as well. The freak, as Falcone called him, identified himself as Batman, the new defender of Gotham City. Needless to say, Falcone mobilitated all his men in the search of the vigilante, and entrusted Loeb personally with his capture (or possibly murder), but the Caped Crusader seemed unstoppable. One night, Batman broke into the Roman’s bedroom, incapacitated Falcone, and left him tied in his underwear to the bed: the hero had made this personal and, humiliated, Falcone doubled his efforts. If the Batman wasn’t enough, another vigilante started ruining the family’s business: Catwoman, a thief that started stealing a great amount of money and jewels from Falcone’s operations. She also marked the boss with a face scar, wounding him with her claws during a direct confrontation. Also Loeb was in trouble, since young detective James Gordon was troubling him from inside the GCPD: Falcone had Gordon’s wife and newborn son kidnapped, but Batman allied with the detective and saved them; plus, D. A. Harvey Dent had Loeb removed from his role, thus maiming Falcone’s power. In rage, The Roman had the killer he had hired for kidnapping Gordon’s family, Joe Viti, killed, but this only started another mob war with the Chicago family of the Vitis, led by deranged Carla. After years of wealth, this was the beginning of the end for the Roman Empire.

Carmine Falcone is the emblem of power for citizens in Gotham City: always calm and calculating, he’s a wise businessman who knows his job and how to mantain his position. He’s a remarkable tactician, a man who was able to conquer one of the world’s biggest and wealthiest cities in a matter of years, all by himself. The Roman is both feared and respected by his allies and employees, and just feared by his enemies: he has built his empire on money and bribes as well as on lead and blades. A “honest businessman”, Falcone is just the perfect king for a city as corrupted and rotten as Gotham.

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  1. […] Kind, the mayor of Gotham City in the show. James is portrayed as a corrupt politician on Carmine Falcone‘s paybill, one of the most powerful men in town and not exactly a fan of young and idealist […]

  2. […] a common idea of being a policeman with: the two of them worked under the counter for mob boss Carmine Falcone, and covered up his operations in exchange of a remarkable wage. Because of his training and his […]

  3. […] vocabulary. Loeb entered in the payroll of the most notorious and poweful mob boss in town, Carmine Falcone, and became one of his most precious associates and “friends”. Thanks to his work for […]

  4. […] Harvey Bullock start inverstigating the murder of the politicians related to the gang war between Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni, they meet another detective, apparently a young and inexperienced one that Bullock […]

  5. […] Gotham, if you wanted to climb the ladder you had to work for one of the families ruling the city: Carmine Falcone was the leader of the oldest and most powerful, the traditional power in town, but Sal Maroni was […]

  6. […] Kyle episode, a young man named Lazlo appears, a lover of Fish Mooney who gets beaten by Carmine Falcone‘s men to teach the woman a lesson. Put the two things together, and you’ll have one of […]

  7. […] Begins, portrayed by Tim Booth: he’s featured as a particularly brutal goon working for Carmine Falcone, later arrested and sent to Arkham Asylum. He’s freed when Ra’s al Ghul attacks the […]

  8. […] them. First of all, Sal Maroni, portrayed by David Zayas: he’ll be the main antagonist in Carmine Falcone‘s war for supremacy, and it’s positive he’ll make GCPD‘s life a living […]

  9. […] follows and educates young Bruce, until he’s eventually killed by Joe Chill, a snatcher on Carmine Falcone‘s paybill; he also appears briefly in The Dark Knight Rises as a vision for Bruce. Now, […]

  10. […] District Attorney Harvey Dent, another rare honest man in town, Gordon and Batman brought down Carmine Falcone and his so-called Roman Empire, thus inflicting a fatal blow to racquet. Unfortunately, victory […]

  11. […] popular public figures in Gotham. The major threat to Gotham’s peace was, in those days, Carmine Falcone, aka The Roman, the padrino of every mafia family. Dent declared war to The Roman’s empire, […]

  12. […] When Carmine Falcone, the head of the five families, was killed by Two-Face, and his successor, Sal Maroni, was killed by Holiday, aka Alberto Falcone, son of Carmine, Franco Bertinelli suddenly became the most powerful mob boss in Gotham, and took for himself the title of capo dei capi (“leader of leaders” in Italian). His power rose, and soon he became the real ruler of the city. In those same years, anyway, the mob was suffering the first strikes from the mysterious masked vigilante, who called himself Batman, and who declared total war against criminality. Sure that he could get rid of a single man, Bertinelli didn’t put much an attention on him: a major mistake the following generations of Mafia would have payed for. Anyway, Franco was more and more stressed because of his life, and he began beating Helena too, not neglecting of beating Maria, of course. It was in this period that Cassamento decided to take Maria for himself, and asked his fellow boss Stefano Mandragora to dispose of Franco and his family. Mandragora hired the killer Omerta the Silencer, who had been a consigliore for Bertinelli’s family, and was always treated badly by Franco. Omerta killed Franco, but also his wife Maria (disobeying Cassamento’s disposition following his thirst for vengeance) and his son Pino, while leaving only Helena alive. Franco, anyway, managed to get his vengeance from the grave: Mandragora wanted to take his money for himself as a repayment for his “favor” to Cassamento, and had Omerta take away the dead man’s fingers and eyeballs to open the highly technological safe he had put it in; Franco, unknowingly to anyone else, had added another security lock, which could be opened only with his rare blood type, a blood they couldn’t achieve anymore, since Bertinelli’s body had been disposed of. This way, Franco unwillingly forced his killers to begin, years later, a war with his daughter, who had become the Huntress, the only bearer of his blood remained, a war that led Mandragora and Omerta to their end. […]

  13. […] Strange burnt his lab, then proceeded to cut his bonds with the Mafia by sending his Monster Men to Carmine Falcone‘s mansion during a reunion of Gotham’s criminality. In the carnage that followed, all […]

  14. […] upon coming out of prison, he parlors his way out in exchange of informations about mob boss Carmine Falcone…but the latter has him killed before he could talk. Now, let’s see who the original […]

  15. […] “Calvi” is not his true surname, as he’s actually Mario Falcone, son of mob boss Carmine, who changed his name in order to escape from his father’s shadow. Apparently, the […]

  16. […] dreaded Bertinelli Family, one of the most important Italian crime families in Gotham; when both Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni got killed, Bertinelli finally rose in ranks, and he started to build Pino’s […]


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