- "This is why nobody talks about Gotham, okay? City might as well be dead."
- —Oliver Queen to Barry Allen and Kara Danvers[src]
Gotham City, simply known as Gotham, was a major city in the United States. It was home to several important businesses and corporations, such as Wayne Enterprises, Elliot Estates, and Hamilton Dynamics. Gotham was mentioned to have had a population of 1.6 million people. However, as only the one-percenters brought the good part of city to them, Gotham was notorious for its hostile nature. Crime, corruption, and poverty were widespread to the point that Gotham was considered a sort of "ghost city" that nobody ever talked about.
- Wayne Enterprises: The head business of Gotham City, one of the most powerful multi-billion dollar corporation of the planet, owned and run by Bruce Wayne until he left Gotham in 2015. After that, his board of directors were presumably scammed by get-rich-quick deals, causing the company to go bankrupt. In 2018, Bruce cousin, Kate Kane, took the opportunity to convert Wayne Enterprises into a real estate development firm. Its known subsidiaries were Wayne Tech, Wayne Security, and Wayne Enterprises Research & Development, which were all still running up to the destruction of the universe.
- Elliot Estates: A company founded, owned, and led by Tommy Elliot, which granted him the status of a real estate mogul even wealthier than Bruce Wayne.
- Hamilton Dynamics: A powerful arms industry and defense contractor company that financed Crows Security and was owned by Catherine Hamilton-Kane.
- Pyra Electrics: An electrical company that worked closely with Hamilton Dynamics and designed all of their conductors.
Cafés and restaurants
- GC Jitters: Similar to CC Jitters, it was a coffee shop located in Gotham City.
- Marley Coffee: Having portable stalls roam around populous areas of the city, Marley Coffee sold various coffee beverages.
- Dusty's Roadside Diner: A diner frequented mainly by bikers and truckers, which was located on the road just outside of Gotham.
- Alessandro's: A high-profile Italian restaurant in Gotham City.
- Slice of Gotham: A second-rate restaurant in Gotham City.
Gotham City was widely notorious as a breeding ground of crime. According to many, Batman's presence in Gotham generated a new breed of "crazy" criminals as the city was terrorized for years by the notorious madman known as the Joker.
The situation worsened after Batman mysteriously disappeared in around 2015. According to Kate Kane, Batman's absence made the residents of Gotham go to "five different kinds of Hell", and implied that crime was at an all-time high. This was evident when in 2018, a criminal who went by Alice, along with her Wonderland gang, began attacking Gotham to satiate her personal vendetta against the Crows Security's head, Jacob Kane.
Another incident in December 2018 included five men claiming to be from the Gotham Tourism Bureau as they tried to mug Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Kara Danvers. The heinous nature of the city was a result of the rampant poverty, akin to an endemic disease, that affected almost all of Gotham's citizens who do whatever they need to in order to survive.
Gotham was prominent for having registered the first known case of vigilantism in the figure of Batman, a brutal individual who dressed like a bat, fought against evil, and struck terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere. However, Batman's very existence has always sparked debate, with many arguing that he was nothing but an urban legend created by the Gotham City Police Department to instill fear in criminals, while other dismissed him as being simply a "myth". One of Batman's apparent associates was a young individual known to the world only as "Robin".
The mysterious Batman, however, disappeared sometime around 2015 and three years after that, the equally-mysterious Batwoman took his place. She alone took on crime, and more so especially since Batman left, as his absence brought out the worst criminals in the city. However, many initially mistakenly believed Batwoman was Batman himself, having returned after years of absence.
- Gotham Art Museum: The Gotham Art Museum contained historical pieces of art. It is where the official Bat-Signal was located and kept.
- Bat-Signal: In the past, Gothamites would turn on the Bat-Signal as a distress signal for Batman whenever someone needed help. In 2018 though, the city government decided that it was best they ultimately switch off the signal to signify the permanence of Batman's absence. Some citizens protested against this, as even though the vigilante was nowhere within the city, the searchlight continued to instill fear in criminals, along with hope for its ordinary and desperate citizens.
- Movie in the Park: As of 2018, the Gotham City government, in partnership with Crows Security, reinstated the Gotham City: Movie in the Park event at Robinson Park, intended to display the city's residents' resilience from giving into the fear of local crime.
- Museum of Antiquities: The museum contained artifacts of Gotham's past. A new exhibit was opened in 2018.
- Orpheum Theatre: A historical theatre in Gotham. It hosted the city's annual Humanitarian Ball.
- Robinson Park: A public park located in Gotham City and known for it's associated cultural event Movie in the Park.
- Burnside Park: A once ardent public park that was abandoned prior to 2018 and was in ruin up until its destruction in the Anti-Monitor Crisis.
- Loeb Bridge: This structure was one of Gotham's many massive bridges. It was sometimes used by the GCPD or the Crows in order to transport criminals to Arkham Asylum.
- Blackgate Penitentiary: A massive prison located outside Gotham.
- Gotham University: Presumably a prestigious university in Gotham, as it was where Mary Hamilton was taking up nursing.
- Point Rock Academy: It was a strict military academy located in Gotham, where some of its students studied to become employed at Crows Security.
- Arkham Asylum: A psychiatric asylum "for the criminally insane", Arkham was where criminals suffering from mental illnesses were incarcerated, presumably because most of the patients are considered to be very dangerous. Many of the patients admitted to the asylum were meta-humans; Caitlin Snow showed her cryogenic powers to a nurse, who then stated that there are others with cases similar to hers.
- Gotham Inquisitor: Founded in 1943 or earlier, the Gotham Inquisitor was known as the longest-running newspaper publisher in Gotham.
- Gotham City Networking, Inc.: As a news media company, Gotham City Networking, Inc. published newspapers and other media.
- Gotham City News: Was a television news station broadcasting in Gotham City.
- Vesper Fairchild's radio talk show: A radio talk show hosted by the famous Vesper Fairchild was one of the most important and popular sources of information for Gothamites.
- Gotham City Police Department (GCPD): The GCPD was the police department of Gotham, in charge of the Gothamites' security, and also overseeing and associating with the operations of private security companies such as the Crows.
- Crows Security: With Batman's departure from Gotham, the Crows took over as the protectors of Gotham City, albeit only for the most prestigious of civilians.
- Burnside Orphanage
- Crows Security Headquarters
- Elliot Tower
- Hamilton Dynamics Laboratories
- Mary Hamilton's secret clinic
- Miller Farm
- Wayne Tower
Bruce Wayne lived in Gotham with his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, until one fateful night, they were murdered, leaving him as the sole survivor. Sometime after, Bruce began to operate as the vigilante Batman long enough for the public to be aware of him. However, Batman's presence was heavily disputed, with some believing the vigilante was made up by the Gotham City Police Department to scare criminals.
In January 2003, a notorious criminal known as the Joker hijacked a school bus carrying 34 children and was pursued by Batman. Through happenstance, the bus hit a car with Bruce's two cousins, Kate and Beth Kane, and aunt, Gabi Kane. Despite Batman's efforts to save them, the car fell off a bridge into the river below, leaving Kate as the only survivor. Batman, as well as the whole city, searched for Gabi and Beth's bodies for months until seemingly succeeding. In reality however, only Gabi's body was recovered; a group of men led by Catherine Hamilton recovered skull fragments of a deer to pose as Beth's body, with Catherine bribing the coroner to match them to Beth's DNA.
Batman's presence soon ensured that Gotham became a relatively peaceful city. In 2015 however, Batman left Gotham for unknown reasons. Since then, the city was rarely visited by anyone due to crime rates and corruption skyrocketing. Crows Security became the new protector of Gotham, albeit only available for wealthy individuals.
In 2018, the Bat-Signal was finally shut off to signify the permanence of Batman's absence, but the event was interrupted as a new villain, Alice, aimed to wage war against the Crows. Due to Batman's absence, Kate was forced to uphold her cousin's legacy and eventually became the new vigilante of Gotham City known as Batwoman.
- Talia al Ghul
- Barry Allen
- Kara Danvers (from Earth-38)
- John Diggle
- Mar Novu (from an unknown dimension)
- Julia Pennyworth
- Oliver Queen
- Cisco Ramon
- Caitlin Snow
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
- In "", it was revealed that Gotham borders Blüdhaven. Since Blüdhaven was close enough with Star City to have a direct train line with it, it is implied that Gotham was that close to Star City as well, thus making it approximately 600 miles from Central City, which was the known distance between said city and Star City.
- As it was stated that Dollywood, in Tennessee, was in the South respect to Gotham and reachable in a few days, it is strongly implied that the city was located in the East Coast.
- Gotham's citizens referred to themselves as Gothamites.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Gotham City is the home of the hero known as Batman. Gotham City is located in the Northeastern United States, in close proximity to Metropolis, with the majority of DC comics references placing Gotham City specifically in New Jersey.
- In real life, "Gotham" is a nickname that writer Washington Irving attached to New York in November 11, 1807 referencing a village in England inhabited, according to folklore, by people who feigned madness and were branded as true fools.
- The filming of Gotham City in took place in Chicago.
- This was also the location for Gotham where Batman Begins and The Dark Knight was filmed.
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