Many interesting projects startup and end up lost in the sea of development hell, or are just turned down altogether. One project has been lost to time, and I always delight in bringing up:
An animated Batman series called Gotham High.
Starring teenage Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon as they attend the public high school, Gotham City High alongside similarly aged versions of Batman villains. Sparked by a bit of concept art done by Jeffrey Thomas depicting teenage Joker and Harley Quinn, he would give it to DC who liked it.
Thomas was set to create and run the show with Celeste Green. It had the idea that each character could be used to fill a trope.
Matt Hagen (Clayface) – The art kid, Harvey Dent (Twoface) – The class president, Oswald Cobblepot – The dorky kid, Waylon “Croc” Jones – Star football player, Edward Nygma – The nerd, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)- The girl next door, Bruce Wayne (Batman) – The rich kid who all the girls liked, Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) – The punk, Selina Kyle (Catwoman) – The goth, The Joker – The class clown, Harley Quinn – Love-sick girlfriend, Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy) – The popular girl, Bane – The wrestling team star, Victor Fries (Mr. Freeze).
Not pictured: Kirk Langstrom (Man-bat) – The teacher
No information was given on the nature of their interactions. If we would see a fully suited Bruce Wayne, taking on the villains of Gotham based out of his school or something all new.
The show was canceled mid-production, no reason given. With only a few scraps of information released, as well as some promo art. It is interesting to see how this show would have been received by the fans.
Maybe one day we will see this world in animated or comic form. We can only hope.