In A Town This Bent...

Courtesy of DC Animation.

It's odd that, considering that Batman is the only DC property that makes consistent money, or that Warner Bros. is willing to get themselves excited about, the Dark Knight has only appeared in animated form on television since the '66 series. Wonder Woman had a live action series, there was an attempt to make a Justice League show (of all things), there have been two real people Superman series in the last twenty years (one of which lasted for exactly half that length), Green Arrow has had two major television roles, Flash had one, and is getting another. They came this close to making an Aquaman TV show, for the love of gods.

It's not like they haven't tried to move the Caped Crusader onto the small screen. Smallville tried no less than three times: initially pitching the series as the journey of a young Bruce Wayne, creating the character of Adam Knight, and the role that eventually became Oliver Queen (who remained pseudo-Batman in all but name only). But most of the reasoning behind that was DC didn't want to interfere with Nolan's cinematic efforts. That, and the memory of Birds of Prey was still fresh in the minds of the dozen people who watched it (though, again, no actual Batmaning in that series). There was also interest in getting the fantastic Gotham Central adapted to screen, though that went nowhere (again, partly due to the Dark Knight films).

Now that everyone is firmly in reboot mode, Warner's is taking another shot, this time with a series called Gordon, which is under development by Mentalist creator Bruno Heller at FOX. The series will follow a young Jim Gordon in his early career as he works in the corrupt Gotham Police force in the very pre-Batman days, once again avoiding the issue of having competing Batmen on screen of different sizes at the same time. I have no problem with this. I think a lot of Batman's world would work far better on television than in films (Batman: the Animated Series proved this long ago), and setting a police procedural in that environment seems like a no-brainer. I'd much rather have a straight up Batman series, on FX or HBO, but I'll take what I can get.

It's not on the CW, so Gordon probably won't be played by a former catalogue model acting while a Top 40 track is dubbed over the dialogue. That, at least, is something.

Via ComicsAlliance.
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