A few years ago, there was buzz going around of a cartoon in the works called Gotham High which would feature Bruce Wayne in high school and his rogues gallery of villains being his peers. The show never got anywhere, but DC has decided to bring the property to comic form; and well, it’s… something.
Check out the trailer:
Here’s the official description:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.
After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.
When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.
With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!
Needless to say, fans are not loving this new take on Batman, and the like bar currently has 1.9k likes versus 17k dislikes. If you ask me, it basically looks like a Riverdale spin on the Batman property, with Catwoman being at the center of a love triangle between Bruce Wayne and … Joker. No doubt other characters in the Bat-franchise are also going to appear, either as students or maybe teachers or other characters around the high school.
If you ask me, it’s not really anything to get angry about. Just think of it as a version of Elseworlds. I mean, teenage romance probably isn’t your thing, but I’m sure there are some people who would be into it. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Gotham High comes out April 1.