Where is Gotham City located?

  • Has there ever been a definitive location cited for Gotham City in the DC Universe United States? I remember hearing somewhere that it is close to New York (the DCU has a New York), but how close?

    I always thought Gotham City WAS New York. Metropolis was Kansas City, Chicago was Central City and San Francisco was Coast City.

    I too have assumed that Gotham was analogous to NYC, but New York City does exist in the DCU, and it's the setting of one of the New 52 books (can't remember which).

    Obviously, it's near Springfield, where the Simpsons are.

  • From the Batman Wiki

    Before Detective Comics #48, Batman's adventures were said to happen in New York City. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City, but with exaggerated elements of the styles and derives its name from a sobriquet for that real world city, first popularized by the author Washington Irving in his satirical work Salmagundi (1807).

    Because it is a work of fiction, it can be wherever it is convenient for the writers.

    Maps shown in various comics have depicted the city in different places. Many of the maps directly use Manhattan, Vancouver, and other real coastlines as their basis, while others are completely original. One map showing Gotham City in relation to Metropolis, the home of Superman, published in New Adventures of Superboy #22 (October 1981), placed Gotham City and Metropolis on opposite sides of a large bay. In Swamp Thing vol. 2, #53 (October 1986) the geography of Rhode Island was the basis of another map of Gotham City. The current definitive maps of Gotham City are those based on the ones produced for the "No Man's Land" story arc.

    Lots of references place Gotham City as being in New Jersey.This map gives the Gotham City and Metropolis positions from across a bay. Ref: Karridian.net

    DC New England

    This is somewhat consistent with this quote:

    Gruenwald suggested that Gotham City is located somewhere in the state of New Jersey while Metropolis is located in close vicinity to Washington, D.C.

    There are several other comics which place Gotham City in New Jersey, with references to proxity to the Jersey Shore and Hudson County. Based on the "No Man's Land" I believe it is now generally accepted that the city is located south of New York City in the state of New Jersey, situated on the coast.

    Batman vs Superman:

    In the film, Gotham and Metropolis are separated by Gotham Harbor (similar to the No Man's Land map, and the New Adventures of Superboy #22 comic). Although it is not specifically stated which state either reside in.

    I don't agree with where Metropolis is, lol. In Smallville, Metropolis was about 3-4 hours north of Smallville which is in Kansas.

    Yes, never would I have believed that Metropolis was so close. However, the question is specifically about Gotham City.

    One of my pet peeves about the TV show "Smallville" was how close they made Metropolis and Smallville, but that was purely a device for the show, outside the standard canon.

    I thought Smallville was official canon...

    @OghmaOsiris most often, every different media adaptation for the DC comic books are in their own canon continuity. Which has already generated lots of confusing situations when continuities cross over themselves. Superhero comic books: confusing people since 1938.

    As MovieBob would say, "COMICS. ARE. WEEEEEIRD."

    This puts Gotham near real-life Atlantic City, and Metropolis near...not much. Lewes, Delaware would be the closest.

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