Oh, what could have been.
Gotham High was the concept for proposed animated television series about Bruce Wayne‘s high school years, complete with all his allies and enemies representing various high school cliques. Hey, The Joker‘s the class clown! Scarecrow is so emo! Catwoman and Poison Ivy are the hotties! Edward Nigma and Oswald Cobbepot are nerds! And of course, Bane and Killer Croc are the jocks.
The idea was developed by artists Jeff and Celeste, who came up with this plot:
We all go through incredible changes as teenagers: growth spurts, bad skin, a sudden insatiable need to uphold justice and avenge your murdered parents…. Well, that is if you’re Bruce Wayne. As if being a freshman at Gotham High wasn’t tough enough, Bruce’s insomnia and technological fascinations are taking their toll. Instead of spending his time studying, he has begun to obsess over an emerging personality trait: Batman. But under the watchful eye of his guardian and steward, Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce is forced to put his intelligence to good use: graduating high school. But given his classmates, can Bruce survive Gotham High?
Peep the entire gallery of concept art below.