I see people saying this is a bad idea...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotham_Central
And yet I remember this being pretty popular for a while.
And those kinds of shows are way more popular than comics of that nature are.
That's what I was talking about above. There are just a lot of concerns I have (not that I won't at least watch the first couple episodes if it does end up getting on the air).
One is that it's not Gotham Central, it's Gordon's origin. We already had a Gordon origin story in Batman Begins. Gotham Central was fantastic in large part because it was built around Batman and his universe existing. The pressure of being a cop in a world in which Batman is necessary is just really compelling. If the cops are solving all the issues with the freaks, why would Batman even need to exist?
Second, it does not seem like DC really "gets" their characters in live action adaptations. DC seems ashamed of their past these days and Gotham Central was definitely not built on that mindset. Brubaker and Rucka absolutely embrace the depths of history and continuity and find ways to twist things to shed new light on it. Brubaker and Rucka not being involved is cause for concern. This show, as described, is not set in Batman's world. It's a police procedural that happens to share some names with Batman characters and may have some bizarre villains. It could be cool, but it does not sound like anything more than another attempt to play catch-up with Marvel without bothering to understand why Marvel has been successful.
Finally, there are just an absurd number of police procedural shows. It's a popular genre but Gotham will also be fighting against shows that literally have the most viewers in the world. If it ends up against CSI or NCIS then it's going to be a bloodbath. It just seems like the show as they're describing it now is taking Smallville and combining it with CSI. I don't imagine DC/WB is going to approve of a truly gritty show like Homicide or a nuanced, disturbing drama like the Wire or the Shield. It seems like the classic Venn diagram problem. The audience for people that like procedurals AND superheroes is going to be smaller than the audience for each individually.
Edit: It's also worth noting that Gotham Central was a commercial failure and if there's one thing the nu52 is based on, it's that blindly chasing money always comes before critical success.