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Gotham City, simply known as Gotham, is a major city in the United States. It is home to several important businesses and corporations, such as Wayne Enterprises and Hamilton Dynamics. Gotham is notorious for its hostile nature; crime, corruption, terrorism, and poverty are widespread to the point of making it one of the most dangerous cities in the US, nevertheless being a thriving metropolis. Although its exact location is unknown, Gotham seems to be an island city somewhere on the western shores of a large lake in Northern America.[1][2]

Overview

Businesses

Companies

Wayne Enterprises (Earth-Prime)

Wayne Enterprises

Cafés and restaurants

Nightlife

  • Curse: A very exclusive, invitation-only EDM nightclub in Gotham.[5]

Shops

Crime

Gotham City is infamous as a breeding ground for crime. According to many, Batman's presence in Gotham generated a new breed of "crazy" criminals as the city was terrorized for years by notorious madmen such as the Scarecrow.[3]

Mouse and Alice over Catherine's grave

Alice and Mouse the leaders of the Wonderland gang.

The situation worsened after Batman mysteriously disappeared in around 2015.[2] The crime skyrocketed at an all-time high, to the point that many citizens believe the city is in dire need of vigilantes.[3][1] Since 2018,[2] Gotham has suffered numerous attacks at the hands of a criminal who went by Alice, along with her Wonderland gang and second-in-command Mouse, aimed at satiate her personal vendetta against the Crows Security's co-founders, Jacob Kane and Catherine Hamilton-Kane, eventually killing the latter.[1]

Other well-known criminals are the murderous vigilante Executioner,[6] the serial-killer Nocturna[5] and the "serial slasher" Duela Dent.[6]

Vigilantism

Batman

Batman, the original vigilante.

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, operating at least since 2002.[1] 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 others dismissed him as being simply a "myth", prompting the public opinion to reward Star City's Green Arrow as the first vigilante.[7]

Batwoman

Batwoman, Gotham's new vigilante.

The mysterious Batman, however, disappeared sometime around 2015. Three years later, in 2018,[2] the equally mysterious Batwoman took his place. She alone took on crime and protected Gotham from highly dangerous criminals acting extremely more publicly than her predecessor,[3] since many initially and mistakenly believed Batwoman to be the finally returned Batman himself.

Landmarks

Culture

Structures

Education

Health

Arkham (Earth-Prime)

The gates of Arkham Asylum.

Media

Security

  • 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.[3]
  • Crows Security: Formerly headed by Commander Jacob Kane, the private security business is currently being run by Agent Sophie Moore.[3]

Buildings

Neighborhoods

Residences

Known individuals

Known residents

Current residents


Incarcerated residents

Former residents


Known visitors

Known mayors

Known commissioners

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 5

Batwoman

Season 1

Black Lightning

Season 3

The Flash

Season 6

Trivia

  • 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 on November 11, 1807, referencing a village in England inhabited, according to folklore, by people who feigned madness and were branded as true fools.[8]
    • Batman creator Bill Finger took inspiration from that nickname[8] and New York City itself provided the basic visuals for the fictional city.

Location

  • It was revealed that Gotham is connected to the mainland by three bridges, Loeb, Brown and Trigate, and that those are the only ways of accessing and exiting the city which, therefore, seem to be in the center of a massive bay.[1]
    • Maps of Gotham City in the original multiverse seemed to indicate it was located somewhere in the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay,[9][10] and it was stated that Dollywood, in Tennessee, was in the South respect to Gotham and reachable in a few days.[11] If the multiverse merge hasn't changed it, this further proves said location.
  • According to Cisco's map of Earth-Prime, Gotham is located on the western shores of Lake Michigan, somewhere between Chicago and Milwaukee, likely making it a city of Illinois or Wisconsin.[2]
    • Further suggesting it, Gotham City's exterior scenes for Batwoman were shot in Chicago.[12]

References


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