|First appearance||Batman #405 (1987)|
|Full name||Carmine Falcone|
|Team affiliations||Falcone Crime Family|
|Notable aliases||The Roman, Don Falcone|
|Abilities||Criminal and business connections|
Carmine Falcone is a fictional character in DC Comics, portrayed as a powerful mob boss, an enemy of Batman, and a friend of the Wayne family.
Tom Wilkinson portrayed him in live-action in the film Batman Begins. Falcone was also played by John Doman in the television series Gotham. John Turturro is scheduled to portray the character in The Batman.
Carmine Falcone made his debut in the four-part story Batman: Year One written by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in 1987.
In the comics, Falcone is a powerful Mafia chieftain nicknamed "The Roman", where his stranglehold over Gotham City's organized crime is referenced as "The Roman Empire" at least once. In Batman: Year One, his penthouse is designed in a Roman architectural style.
Falcone appeared in the miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. The character is based on Marlon Brando's portrayal of Don Vito Corleone from the 1972 film The Godfather. Loeb stated in an interview that he paralleled the Falcone family to that of the Corleone family: Falcone's power and wisdom akin to Vito Corleone, his son Alberto's personality and appearance that of Fredo Corleone, and his daughter Sofia's temper matching that of Sonny Corleone. Lastly, his elder son Mario's deportation to Sicily, physical appearance and desire to legitimize the Falcone family are all traits shared with Michael Corleone.
In a flashback in The Long Halloween, gangster Vincent Falcone brings his dying son, Carmine (who had been shot several times by his rival, Luigi Maroni), to Thomas Wayne. Fearing Maroni would finish the job at a public hospital, he begs Wayne, one of the city's best doctors, to perform surgery at Wayne Manor. A young Bruce Wayne watches his father save Falcone's life. Years later at Thomas and Martha Wayne's funeral, Carmine Falcone, in gratitude for Thomas having saved his life and now part of his father's crime family, tells Bruce that he can always ask a favor of him should he need it.
In Batman: Year One, Falcone is shown to be the most powerful figure in Gotham City, with the unidentified mayor, the city council, GCPD Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb, Detective Arnold Flass, and much of Gotham's police force in his pocket and all of the city's criminal outfits under his control. His power comes under attack with the arrival of the mysterious vigilante Batman, who is actually Bruce himself. In one scene, Batman publicly crashes Falcone's dinner party to announce that all of the corrupt attendees will be delivered to justice. Despite Loeb's desperate attempts to stop him, Batman's attacks on Falcone's organization become even more brazen; at one point, after he took the gangster's car and dumped it into the river, Batman invades Falcone's home, strips him to his underwear, and leaves him hogtied to his bed. Humiliated, Falcone decides to have Batman killed. Batman is too elusive, however, and further embarrasses Falcone by rescuing a thief calling herself Catwoman when the mobster and his henchmen catch her trying to rob them. In the process, Catwoman leaves Falcone permanently scarred when she scratches him with the metal claws of her costume.
Finally, Falcone orders his nephew Johnny Viti to kidnap the family of Detective Jim Gordon, Batman's ally, but the attempt is foiled. When Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent's investigations start threatening his power, Falcone orders an unsuccessful hit on Johnny out of fear that he might talk. The failed hit results in the Falcone family getting embroiled in a mob war with Viti's boss Carla in Chicago, who despite being Carmine's sister is enraged by her brother's actions. The war serves only to further diminish Falcone's influence in Gotham.
During The Long Halloween, the weakened Falcone family is targeted by a serial killer named Holiday. Falcone demonstrates his wiliness by using a careful mix of murder and influence to protect his family from police investigation. The situation changes when Batman and Dent discover one of Falcone's warehouses, containing millions in stockpiled cash. They burn the money, striking a blow against Falcone he cannot ignore. This drives him to take desperate measures, hiring costumed "freaks" in the form of what becomes Batman's Rogues Gallery. Infuriated by Dent's efforts to disrupt his operations (and convinced that Dent is secretly Holiday) he persuades his former rival Sal Maroni to kill Dent while standing trial for murder. Falcone arranges for Maroni to obtain a vial of acid, which he hurls at Dent during a court proceeding on August 2, Falcone's birthday. The acid disfigures the left side of Dent's face, leading to him becoming Two-Face. At the story's climax, Two-Face leads the rest of Batman's Rogues Gallery (consisting of Catwoman, Joker, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Solomon Grundy) on a raid of Falcone's private penthouse. Two-Face then personally kills Falcone following a coin flip that lands on the scarred side. Falcone's son Alberto ultimately confesses to all of the Holiday killings in an attempt to be accepted into the family business.
In Batman: Dark Victory, Falcone's grave site is robbed and his body goes missing. His finger is cut off and sent to his daughter, Sofia Gigante, the new leader of the Falcone family. She recognizes this as an "old-style message", signifying that someone is out to take everything away from the Falcones. Alberto is placed under house arrest to keep him safe, and he begins to hear his father's voice in the home. Ultimately, the dead body of corrupt District Attorney Janice Porter, a former ally of Carmine's, ends up in Alberto's bed while he is sleeping. His father appears in a mirror, calls him a failure, and urges him to commit suicide. Knowing that his father abhorred suicide, Alberto figures out that the voice is part of a ruse, and shoots the mirror: The voice of his father turns out to be Calendar Man, who then shoots him as he tries to escape. When Batman and Gordon investigate, they find secret passages for the Calendar Man to move freely about the house. They then learn that Scarecrow had laced Alberto's cigarettes with fear toxin. Not until the end is it revealed that Two-Face has Falcone's body in his possession, having frozen it using Mr. Freeze's cryogenic technology. Selina Kyle briefly visits the grave at the conclusion of the story, where it is revealed that she believes that Falcone is her biological father and is determined to learn the truth.
In 2011, "The New 52" rebooted the continuity of the DC Comics universe. Carmine Falcone appears in the second issue of Batman Eternal. He is depicted as a former mobster determined to reclaim his empire after Commissioner Gordon, the man who took everything from him, is framed for mass murder.
Falcone's plot to retake control of Gotham City progresses well, as he is shown to control Gotham's Mayor, Sebastian Hardy (who has managed to stay in office for five years thanks to Falcone's influence), while also taking advantage of Gordon's downfall to bribe members of the GCPD to do his dirty work. While Falcone and Mayor Hady instruct the police to hunt down Batman, Falcone family soldiers begin attacking arms caches belonging to his chief rival Penguin. After Jason Bard and Vicki Vale obtained proof of the new Police Commissioner's Jack Forbes connection to Falcone, they blackmail Hady into giving up Falcone, and as a result of Forbes being arrested for his crimes, it also allows the GCPD to arrest Falcone as well.
It is revealed at the conclusion of the story that Falcone was unaware of the larger plot against Batman, and was simply informed that he would have a chance to strike by an anonymous letter sent to him by the true mastermind.
In "DC Rebirth", as part of the "War of Jokes and Riddles" storyline, which takes place after the events of Zero Year, Falcone is contacted by the Joker with strict instructions to kill the Riddler within an hour. His men ultimately fail to complete the assignment, leading the Joker to have Falcone's men assassinated. The Penguin then takes over his business interests on Joker's behalf.
The following are relatives of Carmine Falcone:
The Lego Batman Movie Falcone is referenced in the Lego Batman Movie through a company called "Falcone's Legit Construction Co." which is a joke on how the company is probably a front for criminal activities. Two-Face also uses a Falcone's Legit Construction Co. crane which could be a joke on how Two-Face murdered Carmine at the end of the Long Halloween.