Gotham Central technically falls under the umbrella of a Batman title, but make no mistake about it: This series is as far away from a superhero book as you can get. By making the Gotham City Police Department the central focus of the series, writers Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka created a comic book that read like a gritty crime fairy tale set in the most twisted city in the DC Universe. In the series, Batman is rarely ever seen; instead, he’s treated like a background element, always creeping in the shadows, watching the cops do their work.

But who needs the Bat when you have characters like Marcus Driver, Renee Montoya, Crispus Allen, and Maggie Sawyer bringing the drama hard and heavy? The transition to TV would be seamless as all of these issues were rooted firmly in reality. Gotham Central would fit perfectly on networks like FX and HBO where the content could be a little more visceral and faithful to the book’s violent tone.

Cop dramas are a dime a dozen, but there is something unique about putting the spotlight on a police department that has a caped vigilante watching its every move and sometimes undermining its authority. Plus, the appearance of villains like Two-Face and Mr. Freeze would make this show appeal to both hardcore comic fans and longtime crime show buffs.