Gotham City is a fictional city in DC universe. It is one of the most well known fictional cities because Batman identifies it as his home. The city is located in the Northeastern United States. The comics seem to place Gotham in New Jersey. Although the city may resemble New York its unique and distinct features come from Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and New York City.
Have you ever wondered why Gotham has Batman as it’s hero or question why there is a hero at all? It’s full of corruption, drug dealers, and violence. Much like the real world right? Only we don’t have a superhero like Gotham does.
Well, actually, they don’t have just “bad guy”, but actual mentally ill villains. Examples? Riddler, The Joker, Mister Frost…the list could go on.
All of these villains commit crimes related to robbery, kidnapping, and even murder.
Gotham is filled with alleyways which ironically is where all the crime fighting goes down most of the time.
It all goes down in the alleyways.
The city is always seen as gloomy and cloudy. There are rarely scenes in movies or even comics where Gotham is seen as bright and happy.
The Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) isn’t one of the best departments. Some officers like Jim Gordon are still good cops, but almost half are corrupted. By corrupted I mean that they give certified info to the criminal with the highest bid.
By all this we can sense that Gotham isn’t one of the safest fictional cities right? Right.
The bat signal is shown in the picture above. It is popular in the city because…well you guessed it. It’s famous and popular because of Batman. Whenever there is a need for Batman (which is almost everyday) the bat signal is shone at night. The signal can only be seen at night which is why Batman only fights crime after sundown. And why he’s called the Dark Knight.
It basically all adds up together.
That’s Gotham City for you boys and girls.