The Syndicate by Clay Rodery
A commission piece for a article about rebooting the Batman film franchise after Dark Knight Rises on io9.
Says Will Brooker in the article: "Let’s take the Bat-Man back there, and name the show after his first adventure, ‘The Case of the Chemical Syndicate’ from May 1939. Bruce Wayne is a drawling playboy who smokes the occasional pipe with his pal Commissioner Gordon. Gotham is run by mobsters and hired thugs, and Gordon and his boys are powerless to break the racket. But all that changes when a stranger appears one night — a muscular figure in a gray leather get-up, built like a linebacker with a helmet covering his face — and starts bringing his own justice to the city.
The Syndicate is a 24-episode drama, a mosaic told through the lives of the heroes and villains, but most importantly, the ordinary people of Gotham — the institutions, the police department, the schools, the society balls, the businesses. And the real twist? We never actually see Bruce Wayne change into costume. Even dedicated fans will start wondering: is Wayne actually the Bat-Man in this show? Expect discussion boards to go crazy with speculation every time The Syndicate drops a clue”.