This fall Marvel will have a TV series on ABC about their superhero universe with little or no direct involvement from their superheroes. Hopefully the series will be a big success and that’ll be good for Marvel Comics and good for fans.
While it may seem like a copycat move, DC has a perfect template in Gotham Central to launch their own series about their properties that does not need a budget built for superheroes. Personally I think the series could be a good fit on a network like USA or TNT, who both seem more interested in hour long dramas than the bigger networks.
I also think that the idea of Gotham City as a character is as strong a hook as the Marvel movies are to help boost interest in a TV series. The idea of Batman and the environment he exists in can create a feeling that the show is much bigger than a standard cop show without actually needing to deliver Batman himself.
I don’t really expect something like this to happen. It would require a much larger amount of respect than Warner Brothers has ever shown in the subject matter to even consider it. But if it does…I just pray they take it seriously and don’t develop it as another teen drama for the godawful CW Network.