Now You Know #3
By Jim Bauer
November 24, 2022 5:13pm CST
If you are a fan of Batman, you know of the famed Gotham City. One question that has always been on the minds of people, but many die-hard fans probably already know, is what city Gotham City is modeled after? Many have thought it reminds them of Chicago. Others say it's New York City. And both tend to make sense if you have ever been to either one of these cities. But according to Batman aficionados, the city that Gotham City is actually modeled after is none other than St. Louis, Missouri. It is said that the original map of Gotham City is the map of St. Louis in reverse. Now you know.
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• Daytona Beach, Florida
That is interesting because I thought that Gotham City was supposed to be NYC. Then I got curious and took another look online and found this Gotham City is traditionally depicted as being located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Gotham's look and atmosphere was primarily influenced by New York City. Finger chose the name "Gotham" so that the residents of any city could identify with it. Now I am all confused please explain?
• United States
The thing about Batman, and other stories like it, is that it is fictional and there have been many people involved in the telling of the story—so, things can become convoluted and confusing sometimes. At the same time, there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer. This came from IMDB regarding the original television series, "The "Giant Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City is a reverse image of St. Louis, right down to Forest Park, Fairground Park, Tower Grove Park, Lafayette Park, and Horseshoe Lake on the Illinois side, as well as the other river and road networks." But of course that was featured on the television show. It may not have been the original reference. At the same time, scenes have been shot in many major cities and "altered" to give the scenes that "Gotham feel," including Chicago, London and Pittsburg. So, the actual "origins" of Gotham may be rooted in many places over the years as the comic has evolved as opposed to just one.
• United States
All kinds of interesting history regarding "Gotham" as well. Quite detailed for a fictional place. But then, sometimes fiction has it's following—like Star Wars and Star Trek and there is some very detailed "historical information" that someone (and many) have taken the time to create.