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Gotham High, a teen Batman series that (thankfully) wasn't

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Mr. Poolman

Twenty-Something

Postby Mr. Poolman » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:05 am

http://nerdbastards.com/2011/01/09/bruce-wayne-in-high-school-d-c-tells-bruce-to-get-a-g-e-d/

Bruce Wayne in High School . . . D.C. tells Bruce to get a G.E.D.
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(Article by NerdBastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)

Batman in high school? Wait . . . Batman in high school, with a cast of villainous school mates? Does the Joker plot to infect everyone with Mono using the drinking fountains? Does Killer Croc have to go to Arkham Hall for detention after class? My first gut reaction is, “Oh Hell No”!

Jeff and Celeste are the artist / writer team behind Gotham High, a rejected/neglected animation series. Did we all dodge a bullet with this series idea? I for one, love Jeff’s art, he’s got chops and I expect to see more of him in the future.

Smallville for Batman though . . . I was really not feeling it at first pass. Now a pitch for the Madhatter to mind control Batman into a high school trap like this sounds like a fun story arc. Then I started thinking about the possibilities. The Riddler pulling off crimes at school while posting clues in the school paper? Scarecrow using the High School chemistry lab to cook up nasty new formulas? Bane using drugs to get on the varsity team? Joker pulling practical jokes that go just a bit too far? Bruce trying to keep the lid on Gotham High?

At first I wasn’t sure this could carry a television audience for anything past one episode, now I am thinking there could be some fun stuff there. What do you think? Could they have carried it off? Did D.C. blow it with another great idea because they keep trying to copy Marvel instead of going their own direction? The picture below is the original drawing that started it all.

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From Jeff and Celeste’s blog page:
Gotham High
Hey everybody! We have a huge treat in store for you this week from the Jeff and Celeste vault of awesomeness. Batman is both mine and Celeste’s favorite superhero and some time about a year and a half ago, we were approached to create a spec series based off of an old drawing of mine that we then sent to DC. Unfortunately, the project got lost in the sea of all the other Batman related projects in the works. But hey, it was still fun to make.

The Story Synopsis:
We all go through incredible changes as teenagers: growth spurts, bad skin, a sudden insatiable need to uphold justice and avenge your murdered parents…. Well, that is if you’re Bruce Wayne.
As if being a freshman at Gotham High wasn’t tough enough, Bruce’s insomnia and technological fascinations are taking their toll. Instead of spending his time studying, he has begun to obsess over an emerging personality trait: Batman. But under the watchful eye of his guardian and steward, Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce is forced to put his intelligence to good use: graduating high school. But given his classmates, can Bruce survive Gotham High?

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I swear stuff like this would drive Dark Knight fans on a suicide watch.
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eltopo

Twenty-Something

Postby eltopo » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:06 am

sadly I think I would watch this if they made it
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CountD

Undead Member

Postby CountD » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:07 am

kid friendly? could be just what the dr. ordered
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Mr. Poolman

Twenty-Something

Postby Mr. Poolman » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:13 am

CountD wrote:kid friendly? could be just what the dr. ordered

Sure
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GHERU

Rain Partier

Postby GHERU » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:19 am

eltopo wrote:sadly I think I would watch this if they made it

me too
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eltopo

Twenty-Something

Postby eltopo » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:20 am

Mr. Poolman wrote:Sure
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lol
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Strict31

Rain Partier

Postby Strict31 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:36 am

Did D.C. blow it with another great idea because they keep trying to copy Marvel instead of going their own direction?


I think DC's got a pretty good handle on the animation side of things. Almost all of their animated productions have been pretty damned great so far. Compared to Marvel, most of their animated efforts have been pretty mediocre. Avengers is pretty cool, and people seemed to like Spectacular Spidey. But the quality of their animated works has not matched the level of DC's toons.

DC hasn't been trying to copy Marvel, because Marvel hasn't put out anything matching DC's quality. And even the Avengers, which, like I said, is pretty cool, is fairly dull in terms of the animation.

Maybe DC needs to copy Marvel's movie success, but I think the reverse is true when it comes to animated shows.
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AaronW

Rain Partier

Postby AaronW » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:41 am

I'm starting to like the new Avengers series as much as the JLU/Batman stuff.
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Strict31

Rain Partier

Postby Strict31 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:45 am

Aaron wrote:I'm starting to like the new Avengers series as much as the JLU/Batman stuff.


And they're already starting to fuck with the scheduling of it.
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Mr. Poolman

Twenty-Something

Postby Mr. Poolman » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:49 am

Strict31 wrote:
I think DC's got a pretty good handle on the animation side of things. Almost all of their animated productions have been pretty damned great so far. Compared to Marvel, most of their animated efforts have been pretty mediocre. Avengers is pretty cool, and people seemed to like Spectacular Spidey. But the quality of their animated works has not matched the level of DC's toons.

DC hasn't been trying to copy Marvel, because Marvel hasn't put out anything matching DC's quality. And even the Avengers, which, like I said, is pretty cool, is fairly dull in terms of the animation.

Maybe DC needs to copy Marvel's movie success, but I think the reverse is true when it comes to animated shows.

Agreed.

I think they meant the last Spider-Man cartoon which featured stylized designs.
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oogy

Zombie Guard

Postby oogy » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:51 am

That looks and sounds real similar to X-Men 90210 (Evolution).
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Eric Ratcliffe

Staff Writer

Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:11 pm

It looks like it would have been fun. :?

The Juan Percenter

Rain Partier

Postby The Juan Percenter » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:13 pm

doombug wrote:It looks like it would have been fun. :?


For me to poop on
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avengingtitan

Rain Partier

Postby avengingtitan » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:27 pm

That looks so bad. I do wish the Bruce Wayne pilot from a few years ago had gotten made. I read the script for it and it was pretty awesome, Alfred was a total bad ass even though he didnt wanna be. :-D
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Muppetesque

Cunning Linguist

Postby Muppetesque » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:33 pm

oogyboy wrote:That looks and sounds real similar to X-Men 90210 (Evolution).


I was thinking the same thing -- but even evolution left the high school after a season or 2.

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