Gotham spoilers: Scarecrow gets new origin story

Gotham Season 1 will rewrite Scarecrow’s origin story for the Batman Begins TV show

Batman in the grip of Scarecrow's Fear Gas
Batman in the grip of Scarecrow’s Fear Gas

Speaking at Stan Lee’s Comikaze (via Zap2It), Gotham TV series director (and lest we forget, director of 1995’s Judge Dredd) Danny Cannon revealed that not only is classic Batman foe Scarecrow going to be putting in an appearance in the show, but his origin story is getting a complete rewrite.

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“We’re breaking the story now,” said Cannon. “The villain will be seen as a child, before he takes on the Scarecrow moniker.

“In fact, it’s something that will be passed on to him from his father, which will create an eventual enemy for Batman while still having an adversary for Jim Gordon.”

Our Fear Gas-wielding psychiatrist psychopath Professor Jonathan Crane then won’t be Scarecrow so much as Son of Scarecrow.

With the growing importance of Arkham Asylum in the show, it’s easy to see how Scarecrow could make his debut in the family business…

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Gotham is airing on FOX in the US and on Monday nights on Channel 5 at 9pm in the UK. For more on the comics that have inspired the show, pick up our 100 All-Time Greatest Comics bookazine now!