Eight years ago, April 2006, I was a senior in high school when I walked into my local Newbury Comics shop, flirted with the hot goth chick that worked there for a bit, then proceeded to walk over to the reserved cabinet for regular customers – I’m not sure if every Newbury Comics does this, but at mine, regular customers could sign up and have titles pulled/reserved for them so as not to miss out on an issue because you didn’t go to the shop on the week of release and that “hot new title” was short-ordered and sold out, so you have to wait a couple of week or a month or two for a restock – I picked up my stack of comics that was put aside for me that month. In it was the last issue of one of my favorite Batman comic book series up to this day – Gotham Central. This comic was not your typical Batman monthly title because instead of the usual - following Batman around in his escapades - the title solely focused on the Gotham City Police Department and the difficulties of its officers living and working in the infamous city of Gotham City. One of the things that made this series so great to me was that it had more of “human” angle. When one of Batman’s rogues popped up in an issue, it was a big deal. Seeing the story unfold from the GCPD’s perspective made you see just how dangerous these rogues are. When Batman showed up in a panel or two, man, it made him seem larger than life, and it truly was awe-inspiring not only from the characters in the story's point of view, but it made you, the reader, get that feeling as well.

This is the problem I have with the upcoming Gotham television series that will be airing on FOX. Yes, I know, I know, I’m already being negative and the show is not even airing yet and we really don’t know if it will be good or not. With the dumbass proposed changes I’ve seen floating around to the status quo just to make this new drama show “compelling”, “exciting”, or “new” just feels unnecessary to me. But no, let’s tell the story of James Gordon, a rookie detective in Gotham City, who is hoping to restore the city back to the “pure version” he remembers as a kid. Let’s partner him with an old legendary cop by the name of Harvey Bullock who will teach the new kid the ropes. To make this even more interesting let’s play with the idea of telling the origin stories of future Batman villains, like The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Two-Face, and The Joker…the origin of the Joker… seriously? I mean, COME ON! That totally defeats the purpose of the character. You do not need to make all these changes because you want to draw viewers in by making a Batman TV show that’s not a Batman TV show because he doesn’t exist yet, but you want to pull from the tragic, colorful and rich backlog of characters for said TV show because you want to piggyback on the “success” of a certain TV series airing on a rival network.

You could have easily created a GCPD television series that focused on the cops and not feature Batman. That way if a writer wants to use The Riddler in a story arc at some point, he can and doesn’t need to come up with some asinine way to introduce him to the series. In a nutshell, all I’m saying is they should have really just made a television adaptation to Gotham Central and be done with it. In the right hands, it could have been a gem.

End rant.