The police procedural series set in the world of the Gotham City Police Department ran for 40 issues between 2003 and 2006, and was the brainchild of Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka. It gained all kinds of critical acclaim, including an Eisner award, while inexplicably turning out to be a complete commercial failure.
Having read the first TPB covering issues 1-10 a while ago, I managed to grab the remaining three and have hungrily devoured them over the last week or so. And I have to say, it’s an absolute crime (no pun intended) that this series never made it to our Television screens. The series is intelligent and gritty, and features some brilliantly conceived three-dimensional characters all trying to go about their jobs in the shadow of the ‘Bat’, as well as some terrific appearances by well-known Bat villains. I mean, what’s not to like?
Apparently, it was a distinct possibility back in 2006, with co-writer Brubaker confirming that “everyone at Warner Bros. just loved Gotham Central. And if they hadn’t had a moratorium on Batman TV shows, could’ve set up Gotham Central at the WB in a heartbeat.”
We have Birds of Prey to thank for that, I guess.
But with Avengers spin-off “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” set to hit our screens next month, and the CW’s Arrow doing so well, surely now would be a perfect time for this project to be resurrected. Right? Right?? You can’t change a channel these days without seeing some police procedural with weird initials, so why in the name of all that’s holy do we not have a G.C.P.D. series yet?
So who’s with me? Any other Gotham Central fans out there?
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson aka (Ceej)
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