It's only been two weeks, but Fox's Gotham is already rapidly developing into one of the Fall season's most promising shows - which is lucky, really, because it's about Batman, and none of us take too kindly to people doing a terrible job of adapting the Caped Crusader for the screen.
The thing is, watching the first two episodes of the show got us here at Moviepilot thinking: how on earth are they going to spend the whole series not showing us the young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) becoming Batman?
After all, the show clearly doesn't have permission to show a young Batman fighting crime - in much the same way Smallville couldn't show Clark Kent in the Superman costume until its final episode.
So, then, are we really going to spend the show's entire run watching a young Bruce Wayne be sad about his parents' deaths, and then...just being a teenager?
Not a chance.
Instead, it looks increasingly like the show's creators have been given free rein to reinterpret Bruce (and Batman's) origin in order to have it fit the requirements of Network television. Sure, his parents were still killed by a gunman, and sure, he's still being raised By Alfred in Wayne Manor, but beyond that? It's open season on a whole new proto-Batman.
Our best bets for likely changes?
Catwoman Will Train Bruce Wayne
Notice how young Selina Kyle is totally obsessed with young Bruce Wayne in the the show? And, for that matter, how she's a mysterious, shadowy, acrobatic badass?
Well, odds are those two things are going to find themselves coming together sooner rather than later - and create a very different relationship between the two than comic-book fans will remember.
Less with the anti-heroic burglar, then, and more with the love interest/mentor?
Or, y'know, both...
He'll eventually have actual villains to worry about, too, though, and odds are...
His Enemies Will Be Way Older Than Him
So, sure, Catwoman is roughly Bruce's age, and Poison Ivy seems to be similarly young - but every other major villainous figure from Batman's history seems likely to appear as a much older figure than Bruce. The (future) Riddler and Penguin, for example, must be at least fifteen years older than young master Wayne.
Bane, Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face - pretty much the whole Rogues Gallery: if they're going to face the young Jim Gordon, then they're going to be entering middle age by the time Batman hits thirty. Which means Gotham season 18 could be kind of depressing.
Either that, or the show is going to introduce the Joker as a really out there school bully in Season 2. At which point we'll presumably all stop watching.
Bruce Will Skip the Playboy Phase
Now, it's possible that Gotham season 5 - if the show lasts that long - will detail Bruce's awkward teenage years, and a whole bunch of broken hearts at Gotham's leading private school for boys.
But, let's be honest, that's a whole different show than the folks over at Gotham are making.
More likely? Bruce will skip the partying stage - and head straight to being the angry, troubled and vengeful young man we saw Christian Bale play in The Dark Knight Trilogy...
He's Going to Spend a While as a Sidekick
Namely, Jim Gordon's.
The two have already been set up with a mentor-protege relationship, but unless every episode is going to end with Gordon teaching Bruce a valuable lesson about not trusting policemen or gangsters, at some point the show will almost certainly have Wayne assist his new mentor with some sort of crime-solving. Or, alternatively, be kidnapped by some villain or other, and require a bunch of saving.
So, he'll be Robin, then.
The League of Shadows Will Be Sidelined
Remember all that stuff with Ra's Al Ghul training Bruce from The Dark Knight Trilogy?
Well, get used to that being a part of the movies, and not much else. Otherwise, we're going to see a season where a teenage Bruce heads off to Asia to get trained to be an assassin. Which - while a good way of solving a contract dispute - is about as likely as us actually seeing him don a Bat-suit.
That's partly because it suggests a lot more development into Batman than we're likely to see and partly because - the possibly, but not guaranteed to be, crossover friendly - Arrow already has them sewn up, but either way, it's a long shot.
So, unless Alfred has some really adventurous summer vacations planned for Young Master Wayne, Bruce is probably going to have to learn the beginnings of being Batman in Gotham itself.
So, sorry buddy, the gap year's off the table...
So, what do you guys think? What other changes to Batman's origin story do you think [Gotham](series:1127075) will make? Are we on the right track at all? Let us know below!