Don’t run off too quickly on this one, but I’ve been watching the Rizzoli and Isles TV show a lot recently and it’s left me thinking about the differences and similarities in the characters. Same thing with the Injustice comic to the main DCU. Possible spoilers ahead kids, I’m gonna get to ifing.
I like alternate universes, especially when fan cannon comes into play, seeing how little changes effect the characters and their world. Like, what would happen if the Surgeon, the first Rizzoli and Isles villain, had died in the first book instead of being paralysed at the end of the second. That would have definitely effected the second book, there would have been no Surgeon to have an Apprentice, so there would have been no need for Agent Dean to be called in, so he and Rizzoli wouldn’t have met at that time or under those circumstances. They probably wouldn’t have had sex or gotten married. This could have resulted in Rizzoli taking longer to cool down. I’m not even sure how that would have effected her working with Isles.
Change it a little more, make Isles more similar to her TV persona, more open and friendly but socially uncomfortable. How does it change things? The characters in the books aren’t as friendly as their TV counterparts and Isles was introduced in the second book, when Rizzoli was still very abrasive and closed off. While not a ton is done with Rizzoli and Isles’ non-work interactions in the books, by the end of the last book it is more than safe to say that they’re friends even if to a less touchy extent than on the show. How would a different Isles change that?
Heck, switch gears. What happens if, instead of Batman, we have Detective Bruce Wayne of the GCPD? He’s still richer than the Catholic church, his back story is still more or less the same, same intense training before returning to Gotham, he just decides to become a cop to clean up his city rather than Batman. It could still have the Robins in various ways, Dick Greyson as a junior detective who gets partnered with Bruce would work easily, especially since he was a police officer in some of the older Nightwing comics. Jason Todd could show up as either another partner, if they wanted Dick to move to another precinct or division, or an informant of Bruce’s who later becomes suspect and gets killed by the Joker as a result. Barbara Gordon and Tim Drake would make awesome CSI type characters. There’s a ton that could be done with that, both as a Gotham Central esque book focusing on that and to see what would happen with the rest of the DCU’s heroes without Batman there.
They did something similar with The Nail, where Superman wasn’t found by the Kents and was instead raised by and Amish couple. He didn’t become Superman until much later on than in the main world and his world reflects that. I really like seeing stuff like that even if it doesn’t have a lasting effect on the main continuity.
That’s about it for now, I could go on about stuff like this for novels and novels and more.