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Character Hoarding

I'm not excited about the new Gordon/Gotham PD series coming from Fox. That's not to say that it won't be good, the casting in particular seems to be well done and I'm sure they will do a great job with iconic characters like Gordon and Bullock. The problem I have is that the whole purpose of the series will be to build up to events that the people running things at Time Warner will never let us see in a TV show. A TV show about the origins of a character that we will never see on said TV show is a bad idea no matter how well made it is.

This is an attempt to cash in on Batman's name without actually using the character, saving him for Man of Steel 2:Fight for your right to party. Gordon is a great character, Gotham is a great setting, but without Batman it's just another procedural for a TV market already overflowing with them. And those are at least set in a real place.


SHIELD is a prime example of this. Marvel jealously guards its superhero IPs, leaving Agents of SHIELD as a spy show set in the Marvel Universe but without the main thing that makes the Marvel Universe stand out, its superheroes. The show we get is a watered down version of Person of Interest without the storytelling quality that show brings. SHIELD's inability to exploit its connection to the superhero universe that spawned it has been one of the biggest strikes against it. What should have been an asset is now a burden that impedes the show's ability to tell its own stories. Fans like me wait for any Marvel character to pop out, meanwhile everyone else watches NCIS to get the same type of show but with a tried and true formula.

I think the biggest casualty of this has been female superheroes. Characters like Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Batgirl, She-Hulk, and many others are viewed as too valuable to appear in something like Arrow or SHIELD, but not a sure bet to anchor a major feature film, no matter how much evidence is produced to the contrary. The result is that it may be 3 or 4 years before any of the major female superheroes takes lead in a film, and even that may be an overly optimistic prediction.

My point? Not sure if I have one, other than I think the practice of hoarding characters is stupid and is an insult to creators who want to work with these characters and fans that have supported multiple iterations of popular characters across a number of mediums time and time again. I'm not saying just throw any character on the TV and see what happens(though I don't think that would be a bad thing). By all means have a plan, but don't waste opportunities or do something that is being done better without the specter of a major superhero you can't use hanging over it. I think Gotham, no matter how good it is, will always be in the shadow of its most interesting character. A character that will never be on the show. That strikes me as a waste and a missed opportunity.

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