Gotham City

Gotham City


General Information

Official name:

City of Gotham

Created by:

( artist ) Bill Finger (writer) Bob Kane (artist)

First Appearance:

As an unnamed city:
Detective Comics # 27
First identified as Gotham:
Batman # 4


United States of America




Gotham County

Gotham City is the home city of Batman and the Bat-Family. Though it first appeared in Detective Comics # 27, it was first identified in Batman # 4 ( Winter 1940 ). frequently depicted to be on the East Seaboard of the United States, Gotham has changed depiction, including with the city geography and architecture. From the Bronze Age of Comics, Gotham ‘s politics has frequently been depicted as having heavy ties to organized crime and corruptness. Gotham itself has become a major localization in the DC Universe, with many characters like Superman, Swamp Thing, Green Lanterns and Justice League visiting the city on occasions .


In Swamp Thing # 53, Alan Moore writes a fabricated history for Gotham City that early writers have by and large followed. According to Moore ‘s fib, a norwegian mercenary founded Gotham City in 1635 and the british late took it over. To an extent, this mirrors the history of many american cities that changed hands over the course of time. During the American Revolutionary War, Gotham City was the site of a major battle and rumors held it to be the locate of versatile occult rites.

Reading: Gotham City

Shadowpact # 5 by Bill Willingham expands upon Gotham ‘s supernatural heritage by depicting a being who has slept for 40,000 years beneath the land upon which Gotham City was built. Strega, the being ‘s handmaid, says that the “ darkness and much cursed fictional character ” of the city was influenced by the being who now uses the name “ Doctor Gotham. ” many storylines have added more events to Gotham ‘s history, and at the same fourth dimension affecting the city and its people greatly. possibly the greatest in affect was a long located of serial storylines, which started with Ra ‘s Al Ghul releasing a debilitating virus called the “ clench ” during the “ Contagion “ storyline. As that bow wrapped the city was beginning to recover only to suffer an earthquake described as being 7.6 on the Richter Scale in “ Cataclysm ”. This resulted in the federal government cutting Gotham off from the rest of the United States in “ No Man ‘s Land. ” This trio of storylines allowed writers the exemption to redefine the nature and temper of the city. The result suggested a harder city with a more resilient, resourceful, and cynical populace ; a more dramatic and vary computer architecture ; and more write possibilities by attributing new locales to the rebuilding of the city .

name and New York City connection

Before Detective Comics # 48, Batman ‘s adventures were said to happen in New York City. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City, but with overstate elements of the styles and derives its name from a nickname for that real world city, first popularized by the generator Washington Irving in his satirical workplace Salmagundi ( 1807 ). anterior to that the term “ Gotham ” had been used to refer to places with anserine inhabitants since angstrom early on as the mid-15th century. The universe of Gotham, Nottinghamshire in the DC Universe was acknowledged in Batman : Legends of the Dark Knight # 206 ( and again in 52 # 27 ), although the connection between two names within the DCU has not been fully explained. In a narrative titled ‘Cityscape ‘ in Batman Chronicles # 6 it is revealed that Gotham was initially built for the determination of house the criminally harebrained, and Robin reads a diary that tells of how Gotham got its name ; “ I tied have a name for it. We could call it ‘Gotham ‘ after a greenwich village in England – where, according to common belief, all are bereft of their wits. The name “ Gotham City ” is by and large associated with Batman and DC Comics, although it besides appears in the inaugural Mr. Scarlet history by France Herron and Jack Kirby from Wow Comics # 1. Kirby historian Greg Theakston notes that this was published December 13, 1940, concisely before Detective Comics # 48 was published .


In terms of atmosphere, Batman writer and editor Dennis O’Neil has said that, figuratively, “ Batman ‘s Gotham City is Manhattan below Fourteenth Street at football team minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November. ” [ 1 ] Gotham City ‘s standard atmosphere took on a lighter tone in the comics of the 1950s and part of the 1960s, like to the shade of Batman stories of that era. however, by the early 1970s the tone of the city, american samoa well as that of the stories, had become game. In holocene decades, the depicting of Gotham has been as a dark and foreboding rate prevailing with crime, dirt, and corruption .


different artists have depicted Gotham in different ways. But they much base their interpretations on versatile real architectural periods and styles, with overstate characteristics, such as massively multi-tiered flying buttresses on cathedrals, or the huge Art Deco and Art Nouveau statuary seen in Tim Burton ‘s movie version. Within the Batman mythos, the person cited as being influential in promoting the singular architecture of Gotham City during the pre-American Civil War era was Judge Solomon Wayne, Bruce Wayne ‘s ancestor. His campaign to reform Gotham came to a head when he met a young architect named Cyrus Pinkney. Wayne commissioned Pinkney to design and to build the first “ Gotham Style ” structures in what became as the center of the city ‘s fiscal district. The “ Gotham Style ” mind of the writers matches parts of the Gothic Revival in manner and time. In a 1992 storyline, a homo obsessed with Pinkney ‘s architecture blew up respective Gotham buildings in order to reveal the Pinkney structures they had hidden ; the editorial purpose behind this was to transform the city depicted in the comics to resemble the designs created by Nigel Phelps for the 1989 Batman film. After “ No Man ‘s Land ”, Lex Luthor took the challenge of rebuilding Gotham City after the events of “ Cataclysm ”. Gotham ‘s old Art-deco and Gothic structures were replaced with modern glass skyscrapers and buildings .

GCPD and Corruption

A common theme in stories set in Gotham is the rampant and recurring corruption within the city ‘s civil authorities and infrastructure, most notably within the Gotham City Police Department. During stories set early in Batman ‘s career ( most notably “ Batman : Year One “ ), Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb was depicted as having his hands in many pockets. however, Batman found tell for conspiracy charges, forcing Loeb to resign his position. Later stories depicted subsequent commissioners as besides being corruptible, or open to diverse forms of influence. In other stories, Batman has had to take on crooked cops, either acting in connivance with supervillains, working for the mob, or on their own. Later stories, featuring James Gordon as the new Commissioner, show the two characters often uniting to purge corruption from the power. Gordon was the commissioner for about 9 to 10 years of continuity, then retired, handing the patrol force over to his refilling, Commissioner Akins .Template : fact Recent stories have returned Gordon to the position of Commissioner .

Arkham Asylum

See: Arkham Asylum

Sports Teams

Gotham has a wide-eyed kind of sports teams ; like their baseball teams, the Gotham Knights and the Gotham Griffins, their basketball team, the Gotham Guardsmen, their football team the Gotham Wildcats and their ice rink field hockey team, the Gotham Blades. The Gotham Knights baseball team colors are black and gold like the Knights football team. The Griffins team colors are iniquity green and white. In The Dark Knight Rises directed by Christopher Nolan, several Pittsburgh Steelers players portray the fabricated Gotham City football team, the Gotham Rogues. In The Batman, there is a different, or possibly an extra, basketball team called the Gotham Gators .


Gotham City ‘s geography, like other fabricated cities ‘ geographies in the DC Universe, has varied over the decades, because of changing writers, editors and storylines. At respective times the depicting has Gotham on the shores of “ Lake Gotham ”. The majority of appearances, however, place Gotham on the eastern coast of the United States. Maps shown in respective comics have depicted the city in different places. Many of the maps directly use Manhattan, Vancouver, and other real coastlines as their basis, while others are wholly original. One map showing Gotham City in sexual intercourse to Metropolis, the home of Superman, published in New Adventures of Superboy # 22 ( October 1981 ), placed Gotham City and Metropolis on reverse sides of a big true laurel. In Swamp Thing vol. 2, # 53 ( October 1986 ) the geography of Rhode Island was the basis of another function of Gotham City. The current definitive maps of Gotham City are those based on the ones produced for the “ No Man ‘s Land ” story arc. The distance between Gotham City and Metropolis has varied over the years, ranging everywhere from being hundreds of miles apart to being twin cities on reverse sides of a bombastic true laurel. Blüdhaven, a city that for several years was home to Nightwing, is located near Gotham City. additionally, the Seven Soldiers of Victory series Klarion the Witch Boy, calls New York City the “ Cinderella City ”, referring to nearby Metropolis and Gotham as its “ atrocious step-sisters ”. One older theory was proposed by Mark Gruenwald, who by and by went on to be a major writer/editor at Marvel Comics, and published in the 1970s in the DC house fanzine, The Amazing World of DC Comics in an issue dedicated to the Justice League. Gruenwald suggested that Gotham City is located somewhere in the express of New Jersey while Metropolis is located in close vicinity to Washington, D.C. Man-Bat # 3 refers to Gotham City being in the Central Time Zone .
In Nightwing # 153, when Dick Grayson moved back to Gotham City from New York City via commuter aim, it was revealed that the travel time by train was six hours, while the same tripper via vent shuttle between the two cities was entirely 40 minutes. According to the Planetary/Batman one-shot, a Gotham City besides exists in the Wildstorm universe. It is similar to its DC Universecounterpart, but is not normally home to costumed vigilantes. In Captain Atom: Armageddon Gotham City does not exist in the Wildstorm population. The Atlas of the DC Universe, published in 1990 by Mayfair Games Inc. as a supplement to the DC Heroes role-playing game ( under license from DC Comics ), places Gotham City in southerly New Jersey ( and Metropolis in Delaware ). This reservoir, never formally recognized by DC Comics, has since been contradicted with regards to other locations .
A Gotham City driver ‘s license shown in Batman: Shadow of the Bat annual # 1, contains the line “ Gotham City, NJ ”, placing Gotham City in New Jersey. Detective Comics # 503 ( June 1983 ) includes several references suggesting Gotham City is in or near New Jersey. A placement on the Jersey Shore is described as “ twenty dollar bill miles north of Gotham. ” Robin and Batgirl drive from a “ mystery New Jersey airfield ” to Gotham City and then drive on the “ Hudson County Highway. ” Hudson County is the list of an actual New Jersey county .

celebrated Residents

many amusing book series and characters are set in Gotham. The most noteworthy characters are Batman and Robin. Some of the most outstanding characters directly connected to Batman whose adventures are set in Gotham are Nightwing, Huntress, Barbara Gordon and most recently Batwoman. early DC characters have besides depicted to be living in Gotham, including Jason Blood, Ragman, The doubt, Plastic Man, Zatara and Zatanna, and Tommy Monaghan, the anti-hero Hitman. The superhero teams Section 8 and the Justice Society of America are besides shown operational in Gotham City. Within the DC Universe continuity, Batman is not the first bomber in Gotham. Stories featuring Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, set before and during World War II describe Scott living in Gotham, and late depictions [ 2 ] show him running his Gotham Broadcasting Corporation. additionally, the Justice Society of America and the Golden Age Black Canary have been depicted as function in Gotham. Black Canary ‘s daughter, the Modern Age Black Canary, is based in Gotham through much of the Birds of Prey series. Arella ( once Angela Roth ), a supporting quality in Teen Titans and mother of Titan extremity Raven, is shown in flashback to have resided in Gotham City as a adolescent. apart from Gotham ‘s superhero residents, the residents of the city feature in a back-up series in Detective Comics called “ Tales of Gotham City ” and in two express series called Gotham Nights. additionally, the Gotham City Police Department is the focus of the series Gotham Central .

Mayors in the Comic Books

respective mayors of Gotham have appeared in the amusing script series that jointly form the “ Batman Family ” of titles :

  • The first Mayor of Gotham seen in the comics was unnamed, but drawn to look like New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (Batman #12 and Detective Comics #68).
  • Mayor Hayes was introduced in Batman #207 (Dec. 1968).
  • Hamilton Hill — A corrupt politician elected mayor thanks to the machinations of Rupert Thorne. He became mayor in Detective Comics #511 (February 1982). During his early time in office he assisted Thorne’s attempts to identify and defeat Batman, principally by firing Police Commissioner (and Batman ally) James Gordon and replacing him with one of Thorne’s cronies, Pater Pauling. After Thorne was defeated Hill re-instated Gordon but spent the rest of his time in office trying to shift the blame for the state of Gotham onto Gordon’s shoulders. Hill last appeared in Batman #381 (March 1985), in the Pre-Crisis DC universe.
  • Mayor Lieberman, plays a significant role in in Batman vs. Predator #1 (1991) and also appears in Batman: Run, Riddler, Run #1-3 and Justice Society of America vol. 2, #1.
  • Armand Krol — Krol first appeared in Detective Comics #647 (August 1992). Like his predecessor he did not like Commissioner Gordon. Krol also disliked Batman until the “ Knightfall ” serial, during which Batman saved his life. After this he turned increasingly to Batman, rather than Gotham’s Police, to tackle crime in the city. He demoted James Gordon and replaced him as Commissioner with Gordon’s wife, Sarah Essen Gordon. After years of self-serving incompetence, Krol lost election against Marion Grange. (Shadow of the Bat #46, January 1996). During the “lame_duck” period of his Mayoralty, Gotham finally descended into complete anarchy after Ra’s al Ghul unleashed the “Clench” virus, during the “Contagion” series. Krol himself died of the virus during its second release, in the “Legacy” series. (Detective Comics #699, July 1996)
  • Marion Grange — Formerly a District Attorney, Grange was elected after winning Batman’s endorsement. Grange was sworn-in early by the state Governor, in the midst of the crisis caused by the Clench virus and Krol’s inept handling of matters. Her first act as mayor was to forcibly eject Krol from the mayor’s office, and her second was to re-appoint James Gordon as Police Commissioner. (Robin #28, April 1996) She remained mayor until Gotham was devastated by an earthquake in the “No Man’s Land” series, during which she failed to prevent the federal government from cutting off Gotham. Agents of Nick Scratch assassinated her shortly afterwards.
  • Daniel Danforth Dickerson III — His term ran from the end of “No Man’s Land” through the early 2000s. A corrupt mayor, his term ended with his assassination at the hands of the Joker.
  • David Hull — His term ran through the mid-2000s.

While Thomas Wayne ( the beget of Bruce Wayne ) was still living the mayor of Gotham City is named Aubrey James — he is mentioned in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight # 204 ( June 2006 ). A year after the Infinite Crisis, a telephone conversation between Commissioner Gordon and the current mayor indicates a change in the mayoral office. Beyond a address to the mayor as “ she ”, the identity of the new mayor is obscure .

Officers of the Law in the Comic Books

  • Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb — The corrupt commissioner of police during the first year of Batman’s operation in Gotham.
  • Commissioner Jack Grogan – he was Commissioner after Loeb and before Gordon. He was mentioned in the last page of Miller’s Batman: Year One and has a one panel appearance in the Catwoman Year One Annual and also in Batman: The Man Who Laughs and Batman and the Monster Men #1.
  • Commissioner James Gordon — Replaced Grogan and worked with Batman in trying to clean up the Gotham police department. When he retired, he handed the GCPD over to Michael Akins, only to take the job back some years later. The adoptive father of Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl (Post-Crisis), and later Oracle.
  • Commissioner Peter Pauling — Another corrupt commissioner, appointed by Mayor Hamilton Hill. Like Hill, he was working for Rupert Thorne. Pauling issued a shoot-to-kill order for any police officer who spotted Batman, and secretly tried to have Gordon, who was working as a private detective, killed. Pauling eventually died at Thorne’s hands and a desperate Mayor Hill re-instated Commissioner Gordon. Pauling does not appear to have existed in the Post-Crisis DC universe.
  • Commissioner Sarah Essen Gordon — The wife of James Gordon, appointed Commissioner by Mayor Krol while her husband was demoted. This put a great strain on her relationship with her husband and they split up for a while. Although she had previously been a critic of the Batman, she agreed to Mayor Krol’s instructions that she use him. Mayor Krol sacked her after he lost his re-election bid against Marion Grange, replacing her with Andy Howe.
  • Commissioner Andy Howe — A lawyer who served briefly as Commissioner during the lame-duck Mayoralty of Armand Krol. (Detective Comics #693, January 1996) When the “Clench” virus was released in Gotham and the city descended into anarchy, most police officers ignored Howe and took orders from James Gordon, at that point a private citizen. Howe lost his job when Marion Grange became Mayor and immediately re-instated James Gordon. (Robin #28, April 1996)
  • Commissioner Michael Akins — Took over from James Gordon. He left the position under unspecified circumstance.
  • Chief Clancy O’Hara — The longtime chief of the GCPD and aid to James Gordon, one of the few uncorruptible. He is distinguished by his big Levitz-era bushy mustache. O’Hara was the first victim of The Hangman, found hanging from the Westward bridge with a rope around his neck with a note and newspaper clipping.
  • Captain Maggie Sawyer — Relocated from Metropolis to head the GCPD Major Crime Unit
  • Detective Harvey Bullock
  • Detective Andy Grubs — First introduced in Hawkman vol. 5, #28, he stated that he moved to St. Roch, Louisiana to get away from the likes of Batman and his foes.
  • Crime Scene Investigator Jim Corrigan
  • Officer Josie MacDonald – Introduced in her own backup strip in Detective Comics #763 (Dec 2001), Josie Mac has divination powers, which give her a knack for finding things (but not people). In her first appearance she is, ironically, in Missing Persons. She goes on to join the Major Crimes Unit.
  • Officer Harper – The grand-niece of Jim Harper, who comes from a long line of police officers.
  • Renee Montoya – Lieutenant of GCPD.
  • Detective Arnold Flass – James Gordon’s partner during Commissioner Loeb’s tenure in “Batman: Year One” and in the film Batman Begins. Killed by the Hangman during Batman: Dark Victory.

noteworthy Areas, Landmarks, Institutions and Businesses

In addition to Arkham Asylum, early major facets of Gotham City seen in Batman and related comics include :
many other areas and landmarks have been referred to more inconsistently in the comics and most are named in court to authoritative Batman creators. These include :

  • Aparo Expressway — Named for artist Jim Aparo.
  • Aparo Park — Also named for artist Jim Aparo.
  • Archie Goodwin International Airport — Named for writer and editor Archie Goodwin.
  • Barr Town — Named for writer Mike W. Barr.
  • Cape Carmine — Named for artist Carmine Infantino.
  • Davis Avenue — Named for artist Alan Davis.
  • Dixon Dock — Named for writer Chuck Dixon.
  • Finger River — Named for Batman co-creator Bill Finger.
  • Finger Memorial Park — Also named for Batman co-creator Bill Finger.
  • Grant Park — Named for writer Alan Grant.
  • Kane County Morgue — named for Batman’s creator Bob Kane, services Gotham City.
  • Miller Harbor — Named for writer and artist Frank Miller.
  • Novick Tunnel — Named for artist Irv Novick.
  • Puckett Park —- Named for writer Kelley Puckett. During No Man’s Land, Batman buried 6 residents of his territory here after they were murdered by Two-Face.
  • Robbinsville — Named for artist Frank Robbins


  • Robinson Plaza — Named for artist Jerry Robinson.
  • Robinson Square — Also named for artist Jerry Robinson.
  • R.H. Kane Building — Named for Batman co-creator Bob Kane.
  • Robert Kane Memorial Bridge — Also named for Batman co-creator Bob Kane.
  • Sprang Bridge — Named for artist Dick Sprang.
  • Sprang River — Also named for artist Dick Sprang.
  • The Westward Bridge — Named for actors Adam West and Burt Ward.

Gotham City is a major economic center within the United States of the DC Multiverse ; its crucial industries include : manufacture ; ship ; finance ; fine arts, represented by its numerous museums, galleries, and jewelers ; and the production of giant bangle props. In addition to its commercial seaport, it besides supports a naval shipyard. major businesses based in Gotham City include its most noteworthy pot : Wayne Enterprises, which specializes in respective industrial aspects and advance technological research and growth. noteworthy newspapers in Gotham City include the Gotham Gazette. In the Silver Age comics, the editor-in-chief of Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet, Perry White, had once worked for the Gazette early in his career .

In other Media


The 1960s live-action Batman television receiver series never specified Gotham ‘s location. The relate spinoff movie, however, showed Gotham to have a harbor and a beach. One episode refers to Gotham Rock, implying a placement analogous to Boston. [ 3 ]

DC Animated Universe

In a first season sequence entitled “ Joker ‘s favor, ” Batman: The Animated Series depicted a driver ‘s license of a Gotham sphere resident, listing his hometown as “ Gotham Estates, NY “. This implies that Gotham City borders or is within the country of New York, and has suburbs ] ( such as Gotham Estates ) within commuting distance. In one episode, when Bruce Wayne leaves for England, it shows Gotham City located on New York ‘s Long Island, clearly in the like localization of Queens County. Another episode of the same television indicate, however, implies that Gotham resides in a department of state of the same list. A prison workshop was shown stamping license plates that read “ Gotham – The Dark Deco State ” ( as a reference to the artistic dash of the series, this plate may have been intended to plainly be one of the ocular gags that were common on the program ). In addition, the sequence entitled “ Harlequinade “ states that Gotham City has a population of approximately 10 million people. During the events of the send to video Batman & Mr. freeze : SubZero, a computer screen displaying Barbara Gordon ‘s personal information shows Gotham City, NY, but besides displays her area code as being 212, a coarse Manhattan area code
Batman Beyond envisions a Gotham City fifty years into the future known as Neo Gotham City. In it, a futuristic computer architecture which mixes gothic and asian influences, evocative of the films Akira and Blade Runner, with raised streets looping around buildings, has replaced the gothic architecture based on early twentieth hundred american city .

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Burton Films

A map of Gotham City used in the film Batman ( 1989 ) was actually an turn back function of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In the lapp movie, a map of the Axis Chemical plant was actually a map of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Nigel Phelps created charcoal city drawings for the beginning Batman film directed by Tim Burton. The specify designs for the Batman movie were an try to imagine what might have happened to New York City had there been no planning commission and had it been run by pure extortion and crime. Hence, there were no altitude restrictions, the skyscrapers were cantilevered toward the street rather than aside, there were lots of bridges over the streets. In recurrence, the city appeared to be extremely dark and claustrophobic. The person buildings in this version of Gotham were by and large based on the make of Shin Takamatsus, specifically the Monarch Theatre and Flugelheim Museum exteriors were lifted directly from his work. The Old Gotham Cathedral was based on Antoni Gaudí ‘s Sagrada Família. Some of the other influences were Otto Wagner, Norman Foster, and Albert Speer. The concept was to to having contrasting artwork styles from different eras all over the populace so that concluding look would hopefully rest nowhere in any specific time. For Wayne Manor, Knebworth House, a Gothic Tudor mansion 28 miles north of London was used for the exterior. The inside however, is Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. For Tim Burton ‘s second Batman film, Batman Returns ( 1992 ), Bo Welch oversaw over the production design duties, artwork was done by Tom Lay and Tim Flattery. The second movie leans more on World ‘s Fair, fascist russian statues and recently 50’s/early 60 ‘s industrial design for Gotham Plaza. Some critics drew comparisons to Fritz Lang ‘s Metropolis. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] The Arctic World pavilion at the Old Zoo with extreme distorted, expressionist angles was very different from anything seen the first film. This sphere was inspired in Central Park in New York .

Schumacher Films

When Joel Schumacher took over directing the Batman films from Tim Burton, Barbara Ling handled the production plan for both of Schumacher ‘s films ( 1995 ‘s Batman Forever [ 7 ] and 1997 ‘s Batman & Robin [ 8 ] ). Ling ‘s imagination of Gotham City was a aglow and wonderfully bizarre evocation of Modern expressionism. [ 9 ] Its futuristic-like concepts ( to a sealed extent, akin to the 1982 film Blade Runner [ 10 ] ) appeared to be classify of a cross between Manhattan and Neo-Tokyo. Batman Forever was going to be shot in Cincinnati, using the honest-to-god metro burrow. The exterior of the Gotham City Hippodrome ( the arena where the “ Flying Graysons ” performed their trapeze work ) is based on the exterior of Union Terminal, a celebrated 1930s Art Deco caravan station in Cincinnati. [ 11 ] Exterior scenes of Wayne Manor for Batman Forever were filmed at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Long Island, New York. The production team had to change the school ‘s “ W ” on the entrance gate because it had an anchor behind it. When left at Wayne Manor in Batman Forever, Dick Grayson informs Bruce Wayne that he is leaving. To this, Bruce replies that the circus would be center to Metropolis, which is the city of Superman. The outside set for Two-Face ‘s hideout in Batman Forever was the like set used in the beginning disappearance of Max Shreck in Batman Returns. The Arkham Asylum that was seen in Batman Forever was designed as a tall, spiraling castle-like structure, with narrow hallways lined with brightly-lit field glass bricks. During Mr. Freeze ’ s attempt to freeze Gotham in the film Batman and Robin, the targeting screen for his giant star laser locates it somewhere on the New England shoreline, possibly as far north as Maine .

Dark Knight Trilogy

Batman Begins ( 2005 ) leaves the localization of Gotham equivocal. alfred comments that the caverns below Wayne Manor that are to be converted into the Batcave were once used by a Wayne ancestor to hide escaping slaves in the Underground Railroad. This places the localization anywhere from the northeastern United States to Iowa. In another picture involving the new ‘ Batmobile ‘, a reference book to I-17 is made. In reality, however, Interstate 17 is located wholly within the state of Arizona. For Wayne Manor itself, the former Rothschild estate, Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, was used to portray its exterior and inner. The Gotham depicted in Batman Begins is a digitally-enhanced Chicago, dispatch with its celebrated elevated aim tracks, horizon, and subterranean streets filmed on Lower Wacker Drive. Various Chicago skyscrapers are visible in respective shots, including a partially of the Sears Tower, Two Prudential Plaza, and the counterpart Marina City towers. even the car license plates shown throughout the film are evocative of Illinois ‘ license plate design. The Chicago Board of Trade was the ocular inspiration for the movie ‘s Wayne Tower design. Director Christopher Nolan worked with production couturier Nathan Crowley to create the count of Gotham City. Nolan designed Gotham City to be a large, mod metropolitan area that would reflect the versatile periods of architecture that the city had gone through. Elements were drawn from New York City, Chicago, Tokyo, and Detroit, the latter for its raise freeways and monorails .
In Batman Begins, the Narrows was based on the slummish nature of the now-demolished wall city of Kowloon in Hong Kong. One luminary change in this version of Arkham Asylum from the comics was the location. While the localization has varied in the comics, it is broadly located some distance outside of Gotham City, often in a rural or forested location. however, Batman Begins has it in the center of Gotham City, located in the Narrows. In The Dark Knight, Chicago was used for Gotham City, with most of the film being done there. In The Dark Knight Rises, multiple cities were used, including Pittsburg, New York, Newmark, Los Angeles, London and Glasgow .

DC Films

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Video Games

LEGO Series

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Batman Arkham Series

entirely little parts of Gotham appear in the game series. In Batman: Arkham Origins, Gotham is consisted of two areas, Old Gotham and New Gotham. In Batman: Arkham Asylum merely a small island named Arkham Island is seen in depth but the City can be seen across the water. In Batman: Arkham City Old Gotham is walled murder to become the new prison named Arkham City. In Arkham City, it is surrounded by Old Gotham from Arkham Origins, which shows similarities with the gothic architecture in the comics. besides, Arkham City includes Crime Alley, The Bowery, and early areas, showing its urban decay in this city-wide prison. About one class late, in Batman: Arkham Knight, without the Joker ‘s chaotic presence, Gotham ‘s citizens have never felt safe, and crime in the city has dramatically declined. however, Scarecrow ‘s latest plan forces Gotham ‘s civilians to evacuate the city. entirely criminals remain in the city, leaving Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police overwhelmed .

Landmarks in other media

  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • The Statue of Justice — The statue varies from the comics in that she is shown holding a shield and a torch.
  • Stonegate Prison — The city’s main prison as opposed to “Blackgate” in the comics.
  • Batman Beyond
  • Crime Alley — Bruce Wayne used his influence to keep the street preserved during the rebuilding of Gotham, making it the only part of the present-day Gotham City to remain as it is.
  • Batman (1989 film)
  • Axis Chemicals — The factory where Jack Napier fell into a vat of chemicals and became the Joker. The name differs from Ace Chemical Processing Inc. in the comics.
  • Christopher Nolan’s Universe
  • The Narrows — An even seedier, grittier portion of Gotham than the East End, an actual slum. Dangerous and dilapidated, the residents of the city often view the area as the “skid row” of Gotham. The area is located on an island in the middle of Gotham River between Midtown and Downtown, connected to Gotham proper by nine drawbridges (as depicted in a map commissioned by Christopher Nolan based on the No Man’s Land map; the novel says three drawbridges and a tunnel). Arkham Asylum is located in this area, at the East end of the Narrows. The Narrows was later evacuated of all sane inhabitants after the mass breakout from Arkham. GCPD officers erected gaurd towers, searchlights, and kept the drawbridges raised, in order to keep people from getting off or on the island without permission. The Narrows is now an “extension” of Arkham asylum. Occasionally, fires start in the dilapidated neighborhoods, apparently caused by an inmate who was an arsonist trying to drive out “demons” residing in the buildings (as explained in the Gotham Knight novel).
  • Mooney’s – The nightclub of Fish Mooney, which was later taken over by the Penguin.
  • Galavan Tower – One of the tallest skyscrapers in Gotham City. The building’s penthouse was inhabited by Theo and Tabitha Galavan.
  • Van Dahl Mansion – Penguin’s house on the outskirts of Gotham City. It was originally owned by his father Elijah Van Dahl.
  • The Sirens – A nightclub owned by Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan and Selina Kyle. The name is an allusion to the Gotham City Sirens.
  • Cherry’s – A fightclub in the Gotham Narrows, originally owned and operated by Cherry up until her death. The club was later taken over by Lee Thompkins who turned it into her headquarters when she tried to help the people of the Narrows.

Alternate officers of the jurisprudence

  • Batman (1989 film)
  • Lieutenant Max Eckhardt, played by William Hootkins. A corrupt cop echoing some of the Pre-Crisis aspects of Harvey Bullock.
  • Birds of Prey (TV series from 2002-2003)
  • Detective Jesse Reese – Was played by Shemar Moore. The only honest cop in New Gotham who can help the Birds of Prey.
  • The Batman (TV series started in 2004)
  • Detective Dix, played by Dan Hedaya. The mentor and former partner of Harvey Bullock who retired after an accident left him paralyzed. He was later murdered by Jane Doe during No Man’s Land.
  • Captain Nathaniel Barnes, played by Michael Chiklis. A former marine who becomes the new GCPD captain after the death of Sarah Essen. He is later infected with the Alice Tetch virus and becomes the Executioner, a brutal vigilante who murders criminals.
  • Commissioner Reynolds, played by Harry Sutton Jr.


Mayors in other media

  • Batman (1960s live-action TV series)
  • Mayor Linseed, played by Byron Keith. His name was a play on the name of New York City’s then-mayor, John Lindsay. The governor of “Gotham State” was Stonefeller (as opposed to Nelson Rockefeller, who was governor of New York State during the same period). There was also a West River (as opposed to New York’s East River), and “Bernie Park’s Gallery”, compared to the real Park Bernet Gallery.
  • An unnamed mayor played by George Wallace.
  • Hamilton Hill — Lloyd Bochner provides his voice in this television show. In Batman Beyond, there is a high school named after him.


  • The name Gotham was chosen by both Bill Finger whilst looking through a phone book for names. He decided on the name after spotting a jewelry business called ‘Gotham Jewelers’.
    • Original names prior to Gotham included Civic City, Capital City, and Coast City. Some of these names were later used for other cities in the DC Universe, with Civic used as the main place of operations for the Justice Society and Coast City being used for the second Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).
  • In old English, Gotham translates to “Goat’s Town”.
  • A village in Nottinghamshire also shares the name Gotham. The town is located roughly three miles south from Wollaton Hall, which was used as the filming location for Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises.



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