Is now the time for a Gotham Central TV show, at long last?

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When people talk about the ideal comic-book television show, the name "Gotham Central" always comes up. The story of cops solving cases in Batman's shadow captured people's imaginations — and co-creator Ed Brubaker thinks a TV show is a serious possibility, if the somewhat similar Agents of SHIELD does well.


USA Today's Brian Truitt interviews Brubaker, and mentions that a lot of people are speculating that the SHIELD series makes a Gotham Central show look "totally doable." Brubaker responds:

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.

Every season, I wait to see if they're going to announce something like that, and just a couple of months ago there was some article in the Hollywood Reporter about them supposedly developing it. I haven't heard any confirmation on it or anything. You can easily see it.

It's bizarre to me. Since my career began, the entire entertainment world has changed the way they deal with comics.


Check out the rest of the interview, where Brubaker talks about his experiences pitching three TV pilots, explains why network TV may finally experiment with becoming more like cable, and also praises the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie. [USA Today]

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This would be less about police operating in Batman's shadow and more about DC operating in Marvel's shadow.

Yeah, right. I said it.