by Brett White
The Marvel Universe makes its live action television debut tomorrow night as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” parks its helicarrier on ABC’s Tuesday night lineup. This is big news for Marvel, and the show’s success could end up being good news for DC Comics as well.
See, Marvel isn’t the only comic book company with material for a superhero-tinged procedural just waiting to be adapted. DC Comics has “Gotham Central,” a series starring the day-to-day police-work done by the detectives in the Gotham City Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit. Batman’s not the star here—in fact he’s mostly a nuisance that leads to a lot of paperwork—but many of his rogues show up with deadly ramifications for the officers involved. It’s a beloved series, and “Gotham Central” co-writer Ed Brubaker has thoughts about a TV adaptation, as he revealed to USA Today
“The book is actually more popular now than when we were doing it,” said Brubaker. “There’s been talk of ’Gotham Central’ on TV since when we were doing the comic even (in the mid-2000s). Everyone at Warner Bros. really loved it. [’Dark Knight’ trilogy director] Chris Nolan after they did ’Birds of Prey’ had asked them to just please not do any Batman-related stuff until he was done with his trilogy — looking at ’Birds of Prey,’ you can see why. It was not the world’s greatest pilot.”
“Every season, I wait to see if they’re going to announce something like that, and just a couple of months ago there was some article in the Hollywood Reporter about them supposedly developing it. I haven’t heard any confirmation on it or anything. You can easily see it. It’s bizarre to me. Since my career began, the entire entertainment world has changed the way they deal with comics.”
Hollywood has adapted one of Brubaker’s popular stories, though, and it’s hitting theaters next April. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” not only offers a faithful interpretation of Brubaker’s seminal story, he also thinks it’s really good.
“I read the script and I was really blown away by it,” said Brubaker, echoing statements he made a few months ago. “The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I’d want it to be, I was so thrilled to see that. But to me the biggest thing, too, is it’s the first time Marvel has put out a movie where there’s a specific book the title of the movie relates to. And now they’re doing that with ’Avengers: Age of Ultron.'”
One difference that Brubaker doesn’t mention, though, is that “Age of Ultron” only shares a name with the limited series; the story is totally different. But “Winter Soldier” is based on its namesake, something that Brubaker is incredibly thankful for.
“They’re putting out a hardcover collection of ’Captain America: Winter Soldier’ and that’s because that movie is coming out. That is the first time Marvel has one specific book to point people to, as opposed to when ’X-Men: First Class’ came out and there’s 15 trade paperbacks and people who see the movie don’t know which one to pick up. So it’s exciting, as the guy who gets royalties for that book.”
Yep, that’s something to be thankful for.
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