Be ambitious (but not TOO ambitious)
This one is absolutely critical. When dealing with a comic book franchise, there’s always the urge to go “big.” We think, in this instance, that’d be a bad idea. This series is supposed to focus on the average Joe cops trying to keep peace in a city gone wild, with crazed psychopaths starting to suit up and raise hell. The last thing they need to do is use young Jim Gordon as a Batman stand-in and give him an arch-nemesis. Instead, focus on the cases left behind in this city on the “brink.”
Think of it as like the first season of CBS’s beloved series Jericho, which struck gold by focusing on one small town and how it was affected by a nuclear attack. The stories were “small,” but they were compelling as hell — and the series lost some of that magic when it astronomically upped the stakes in its abbreviated second season. If written well, even the smallest stories can break your heart and leave you on the edge of your seat. Give us those small stories of Gotham we’ve never heard.