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When it comes to live-action superhero TV shows, we seem to have experienced something of a golden age in recent years. There has been an abundance of different series based around the characters and stories of Marvel, DC and beyond; from Daredevil to Doom Patrol, to the Arrowverse, to Legion to Riverdale to The Walking Dead, comic book TV shows are everywhere. But this wasn’t always the case, only a decade-or-so ago, superhero TV shows were a rare sight, with only a handful of shows existing on mainstream channels, and even fewer existing within years of each other. Years before any of the aforementioned beloved shows were ever even considered, there was a singular trailblazer that aimed to deliver a faithful, yet grounded, take on one of DC Comics’ iconic superheroes, years after his days on the big screen had seemingly ended, and proved an enormous success, spanning 10 seasons, 217 episodes, and almost 10 full years. I’m talking, of course, about Smallville… However, it may surprise you to learn that Smallville wasn’t always going to be a Superman TV show at all, and in fact, originally, the producers behind the series were heavily working on creating a similar-style of show about Batman, even going as far as planning multi-season arcs and plans that would follow Bruce Wayne from a scared orphan, to a Dark Knight of Justice. If before Superman, there was Smallville, then before Batman, there was Bruce Wayne, and in this video, I want to discuss how this proposed series came to be, how it would approach bringing Batman to the world of TV, and the factors that caused it to never see the light of day.
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