DC's long-delayed Gotham City series may finally make it to TV

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Sep 24, 2013

One of the best DC comics looks like it might get the adaptation it justly deserves. 

About a decade ago, Greg Rucka and Ed Brubakera came up with a pretty simple idea that, instantaneously, became the concept that every other writer in comics had wished they'd come up with first. The premise asked a simple question -- what's it like to be a cop in Gotham? The execution, though, was anything but simple. As you might imagine, being an average joe on the beat in a town full of crazed super villains is not an easy gig. And so, Gotham Central, a series that delved into the day-to-day lives of Gotham's finest, was a monster success and, all these years later, it's still a big seller.

At one point, there was talk that Gotham Central might make its way to the small screen, but there was a problem -- Chris Nolan didn't want anything else interfering with his movies, But times change and Brubaker gave an intriguing update while out promoting his new series, Velvet.

The book is actually more popular now than when we were doing it. There’s been talk of Gotham Central on TV since when we were doing the comic even (in the mid-2000s). Everyone at Warner Bros. really loved it. Chris Nolan after they did Birds of Prey had asked them to just please not do any Batman-related stuff until he was done with his trilogy -- looking at Birds of Prey, you can see why. It was not the world’s greatest pilot.

Anyone who's ever read Gotham Central can attest that it might be the most ripe for a TV adaptation. It's like The Wire but with super vilains. It's also about finding the more human element in comics, a notion the CW seems into with the success of Arrow.

So while there's no guarantee, Nolan's Batman series is done, DC seems game to diversify a bit, and Gotham Central is still as popular as ever. So cross your fingers and, if you haven't read Gotham Central yet -- what are you waiting for?

(via Uproxx)


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