Batman The Telltale Series: The Original Story
Kent Mudle has been having conversations and answering questions for the past few months. Occasionally, he has shed the light on numerous aspects about the various Telltale games he has worked on. One of these questions was about concept art for a young Harvey Dent, which was answered...with interest:
Oh man do you guys want a big post about the OG plans for Batman season one?? Cuz I’m writing it now! I wasn’t involved the entire time, but this is at least a rev I was working on before it was all blown up and redone.
So the friendship between Bruce, Harvey and Oswald was the emotional core of the season. They all knew each other as kids, each from powerful families. Little Harvey was actually a bully that Bruce and Oz worked together to overcome in a snowy flashback that served as a tutorial for the game’s combat mechanics. Harvey took a Scarf from Bruce, and Oz helped him get it back.
Then later in Bruce’s childhood, Oswald moves away. Bruce gives him the scarf. He leaves for England.
When Oz appears in Gotham again as an adult, he’s got the scarf, and that’s how Bruce remembers him.
AND NOW here’s the original structure for the season, which I really wish we’d done. The central choice dilemma is that both Harvey and Oswald are each teetering on the edge of becoming super villains. Both of them have issues, but are way less far gone than they are so quickly into S1’s final plot. Oswald used to be so much more grey, a guy that clearly wanted to do the right thing by his family name, but has little option but criminal activity to achieve it, and is ashamed of that.
At a dramatic moment in episode 3, you would get to save ONE of them from falling to the dark side, but the other becomes their canon villain form, and the resulting chaos gets Bruce thrown in Arkham.
Episode 4 was still Arkham, but it was the entire episode, instead of just half of it. Lady Arkham has the same secret identity, but she’s dealt with and defeated inside Arkham. She was not the original end villain, just a sub plot with an awesome twist.
Episode 5 Bruce emerges to find Gotham now ruled by either Penguin or Two-Face. Now free from Arkham (like Shawshank style) he must don the cowl and defeat the monster he made to save Gotham!
Looking back we took some of the good stuff here and made it into season 2. S2 really sure feel like a re-do or second draft of what S1 was gonna be, and better for it. Like a lot of John Doe is how Oswald was going to be originally (misguided friend that idolizes Bruce but is caught up in criminal activity)