The folks who produce SMALLVILLE for the CW have created the longest-running live action comic adaptation show by doing a Superman series without Superman (albeit with Clark Kent). Some years ago, they also tried to do a Batman TV show without Batman: the hopelessly-convoluted BIRDS OF PREY, which ran only one low-rated season.
Now, oddly enough, they are developing yet another Batman-less Batman series as a possible replacement for SMALLVILLE. THE GRAYSONS is planned to tell the tale of Dick Grayson's (aka Robin's) life before his parents are killed and he ends up as Batman's apprentice.
I have to say that I have no idea how they would make such a series interesting. Nor how the zen-like practice of creating superhero shows without showing the superhero can be spread over multiple series.
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