Carmine "The Roman" Falcone is a fictional character in DC Comics' shared universe, the DC Universe, who 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, the top of his penthouse is shaped like Roman architecture.
Falcone later appeared as a major antagonist in the mini-series 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's and his daughter Sofia's temper matching Sonny's. Lastly, his elder son Mario's deportation to Sicily, physical appearance and desire to redeem and legitimize the Falcone family name are all traits shared with Michael Corleone.
In The Long Halloween, Vincent Falcone, Carmine's father, brings his dying son to Thomas Wayne's Manor. Carmine had been shot several times by Sal Maroni's father Luigi. Fearing Luigi Maroni would finish the job at a public hospital, he pleads for Wayne's help in saving him at his home. A young Bruce Wayne watches his father perform the surgery secretly. Wayne saves Carmine and this develops a connection between the Waynes and the Falcones. At Thomas Wayne's funeral, Carmine tells Bruce how his father saved him and he can always ask a favor of Carmine.
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