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Because of yesterday's strange and ultimately hilarious for us - since we're not a recognized government or royal figure in Britain - stunt that involved a man dressed as Batman staging a protest at Buckingham Palace, Gothamist thought it a great opportunity to look at the meaning of Gotham City. Wikipedia's definiton:

Gotham City is a fictional city appearing in DC Comics, best known as the home of Batman. At one point, DC placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey, though its features and location have been altered at times due to the capricious nature of the writers, editors and storyline. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but with more exaggerated vices. It has been said that, metaphoricaly, Metropolis (home to Superman) is New York during the day, and Gotham is New York at night. This comparison is helped by the fact that Metropolis is more often seen during the day, and Gotham more at night. Longtime Batman writer and editor Dennis O'Neil has also said figuratively that Metropolis is New York above 14th St., and that Gotham City is New York below 14th St.

Gothamist loves the idea that Gotham City and Metropolis are two sides of the same coin or the yin and yang of the city, but we'd like to point out that Spiderman is a New Yorker, as is Daredevil.

The Buckingham Palace Batman's accomplice was dressed as Robin, of course. The upcoming Batman film, Batman Begins, has filmed exteriors in Chicago...meh, better that than a backlot, we suppose (check out a Gotham Post picture from Chicagoist) but still. And Gothamist's interview with Joe Quesada, the editor in chief at Marvel Comics.

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