Posts Tagged ‘Gotham City’

The New York City-Gotham City Connection

February 4, 2009

Long before Batman first appeared in a comic book in 1939, New Yorkers were calling their city Gotham—thanks to Washington Irving, who came up with the moniker in 1807.

gothamcity Gotham is the name of a British village where, legend has it, residents were “wise enough to play the fool.” It was kind of backhanded compliment from Irving regarding how cunning New Yorkers were, even in the 19th century.


Just as Gotham, England was the inspiration for New York’s nickname, New York inspired Gotham City. Batman’s hometown is supposedly based on Manhattan below 14th Street.

In this still from the 1989 Batman movie, Gotham City’s skyline looks awfully similar to ours.