By Jonathon Dornbush
November 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST

Batman had his origin story in Batman Begins, and Gotham has its origin story in… Gotham. But what happened on the streets of Bruce Wayne’s city even before Gotham?

A new parody trailer from The Warp Zone highlights just how silly the idea of a prequel series can seem. While Gotham has done reasonably well, the initial idea was met with skepticism, and some of that skepticism has been warranted.

To prove why a prequel series can be so problematic when trying to set up so many beloved characters and relationships, The Warp Zone has put together a trailer for a series that leads up to GothamGotham Begins, as well as the prequel to that fake prequel, Gotham Begins Origins.

Obviously, Gotham hasn’t been subtle with its pre-Batman status, as cheesy dialogue and other issues have been markers of the series since it began. The trailer does raise one concern, however–since The WB already aired Smallville, can that show’s prequel Krypton be too far behind?