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.
- Wayne Enterprises: Formerly headed by Bruce Wayne, the company is the head business of Gotham City and one of the most powerful multi-billion-dollar corporations on the planet. After Bruce left Gotham in 2015, his cousin, Kate Kane, started a real estate development firm subsidiary for the company in its old building.
- Hamilton Dynamics: A powerful arms industry and defense contractor company that financed Crows Security and was formerly owned by the late CEO Catherine Hamilton-Kane.
- Hewitt & Associates: A respected law firm in Gotham.
Cafés and restaurants
- Dusty's Roadside Diner: A diner frequented mainly by bikers and truckers, which was located on the road just outside of Gotham.
- The Hold Up: It is a gay bar opened by Kate Kane and Mary Hamilton.
- The Catch: An old fishermen's bar on the Strip.
- Slice of Gotham: A second-rate restaurant in Gotham City.
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.
The situation worsened after Batman mysteriously disappeared in around 2015. The crime skyrocketed at an all-time high, to the point that many citizens believe the city is in dire need of vigilantes. Since 2018, 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.
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. 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.
The mysterious Batman, however, disappeared sometime around 2015. Three years later, in 2018, 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, since many initially and mistakenly believed Batwoman to be the finally returned Batman himself.
- Orpheum Theatre: A historic theatre in Gotham.
- Gotham Cathedral Church: One of the city's most ancient and notable religious buildings until it was abandoned sometime prior to 2019.
- Loeb Bridge: One of the three massive bridges that connect Gotham to the mainland. It's sometimes used by the GCPD or the Crows in order to transport criminals to Arkham Asylum.
- Brown Bridge: One of the three massive bridges that connect Gotham to the mainland.
- Trigate Bridge: One of the three massive bridges that connect Gotham to the mainland. It is implied to be the biggest or, at least the most trafficked.
- Blackgate Penitentiary: A massive prison located outside Gotham.
- Gotham Juvenal Detention Center: A youth detention center in Gotham.
- City Hall: The administrative building of Gotham.
- Gotham University: Presumably a prestigious university in Gotham, it is where Mary Hamilton studies medicine.
- Gotham Preparatory High School: A private high school that Kate Kane once attended.
- Point Rock Academy: It's 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 is where criminals suffering from mental illnesses are incarcerated, presumably because most of these patients are considered to be very dangerous.
- Mary Hamilton's secret clinic: Mary Hamilton runs a secret and illegal clinic for the citizens of Gotham who cannot afford regular hospitals.
- Gotham General Hospital: The main hospital in Gotham City.
- Gotham City News: The primary source of the latest news in Gotham City.
- Gotham City Gazette: A newspaper publisher located in the city.
- The Gotham Observer: One of the main newspaper outlets in Gotham.
- Vesper Fairchild's radio talk show: Vesper Fairchild hosts her editorial-type talk show, where she presents news and her say on the matters at hand.
- Uptown Gotham: A gossip magazine in Gotham City.
- 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: Formerly headed by Commander Jacob Kane, the private security business is currently being run by Agent Sophie Moore.
- City Hall
- Crows Security headquarters
- Gotham City Bank
- Mary Hamilton's secret clinic
- Temple of Justice
- Twin Pines Inn
- Beth Kane (from Earth-TUD14)
- Diane Moore
- Julia Pennyworth
- Anissa Pierce
- Jefferson Pierce
- Jennifer Pierce
- Lynn Stewart
- Tyson Sykes
- Michael Akins (incumbent)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
- 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.
- 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.
- Maps of Gotham City in the original multiverse seemed to indicate it was located somewhere in the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay, and it was stated that Dollywood, in Tennessee, was in the South respect to Gotham and reachable in a few days. 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.
- Further suggesting it, Gotham City's exterior scenes for were shot in Chicago.
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- ↑ Batwoman's Gotham Has A Lot Of Similarities To Tim Burton's Batman
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