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    Gotham City (Earth-1: Pre-Crisis)

    Doesn't Batwoman take a night off?
    This is Gotham, home of the infectious reptile teeth, dudes in pig masks, a killer vine causing my bestie to get her baddie on. If I have learned anything, it is to be prepared for everything at all times.

    Gotham City is a city in Illinois, and the home of local vigilante, Batman, as was his successor, Batwoman.

    History[edit | hide | hide all]

    Home of Criminals[edit | hide]

    Since the late 1990s, Gotham City has been polluted with a high number of criminals, some of whom possessed exceptional abilities and posed as threats to the city. Thankfully, Gotham was defended by a local vigilante, the Batman, who worked alongside the Gotham City Police Department.[1]

    For a decade, Batman, stylized as The Dark Knight, protected Gotham City from all sorts of danger and sent the powered criminals to Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, he left Gotham City in 2015 for unknown reasons, while the city was again polluted by its criminals despite the effort of the GCPD and Crows Security.[2]

    A New Era[edit | hide]


    In 2018, another masked vigilante began operating in Gotham City. She was given the title "Batwoman", who succeeded the Batman's legacy and continued his mission to protect Gotham from criminals and terrorists, among them were Alice, who was soon sent to Arkham.[3]

    Batwoman 2.0

    The successor, stylized as the Scarlet Knight, soon perished like the Batman. The title later fell into the hands of Ryan Wilder, who initially operated as Batwoman with the Bat-Team's approval.[4] Eventually, the Bat-Team gave her approval while waiting for the original Batwoman to return. Kate Kane then returned, though severely injured and brainwashed by Black Mask and Enigma. The Bat-Team was forced to work against their former leader and successfully put an end to Black Mask's Evening of Anarchy with the help of Alice.[5]

    Defenders of Gotham[edit | hide]

    The return of Poison Ivy

    While battling Black Mask, Batman's trophies of his former enemies fell into the Gotham River. Numerous individuals picked up the items and began to affect the peace in Gotham, some succeeding the trophies' original owners. Now with a new vigilante, Batwing, Batwoman worked extensively in search of the trophies. She was then threatened by Renee Montoya to work with Alice, joining the Rogues Unit to complete their search.[1] Their search led to the escape of Poison Ivy, and she continued her mission began a decade ago. The Bat-Team restored the mind of Ivy's protégé, their teammate, Mary Hamilton, who then returned to the team and successfully apprehended Poison Ivy.[6]

    Vigilantes[edit | hide]

    The Bat-Team
    • Batman: After his parents' assassination, Bruce Wayne was determined to rid crime from the streets of Gotham City. With the help of Alfred Pennyworth and Lucius Fox, Bruce donned a protective suit and operated as the intimidating Batman. However, after defeating a roster of villains, Bruce murdered the Joker and fled the city in 2015.
    • Robin: Robin was Batman's former partner in vigilantism. At some point, he was murdered by the Joker with a crowbar.
    • Batwoman (Kate Kane): Returning to Gotham City after years of training, Kate Kane discovered his cousin's identity as Batman and became his successor, Batwoman. She protected the city from his villainous sister, Alice, and was hunted by her father. Unfortunately, Kate was declared deceased after her plane was destroyed by Whisper. Kate was soon brainwashed by Enigma and Black Mask to think that she was the latter's deceased daughter. The Bat-Team restored her mind as she officially transferred the title to Ryan Wilder before leaving to search for Bruce.
    • Batwoman (Ryan Wilder): Upon witnessing the destruction of Kate Kane's jet, Ryan Wilder found the Batsuit at the crash site and wore the costume. She attacked the False Face Society albeit having no vigilantism experience and caught the attention of Kate Kane's team. Eventually, she was allowed to keep the suit and operate as Batwoman until Kate returns. Ryan defended the city from Black Mask's influence and was officially given the title when Kate's mind was restored.
    • Batwing: Luke Fox aspired to be a black Batman in his childhood and expressed his idea to his talented father. Lucius Fox then built an exosuit for him, though he was unaware until he accidentally stumbled upon it while researching to thwart Black Mask's Evening of Anarchy. He then continued to don the suit despite his post-traumatic stress disorder, operating as Batwing.

    Residents[edit | hide]

    Current Residents[edit | hide]

    Former Residents[edit | hide]

    Alternate Timeline Residents[edit | hide]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Tribute Mentioned
    No Country for Old Dads Mentioned
    The Demon Mentioned
    All Doll'd Up Mentioned
    Elseworlds, Part 1 Appears
    Elseworlds, Part 2 Appears
    Elseworlds, Part 3 Appears
    Emerald Archer Vision
    Pilot (Batwoman) Appears
    The Rabbit Hole Appears
    Down, Down, Down Appears
    Who Are You? (Batwoman) Appears
    There Will Be Blood Mentioned
    Mine Is a Long and a Sad Tale Appears
    Present Tense Mentioned
    I'll Be Judge, I'll Be Jury Appears
    Tell Me the Truth Appears
    A Mad Tea-Party Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two Mentioned
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three Mentioned
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five Mentioned
    How Queer Everything Is Today! Appears
    An Un-Birthday Present Appears
    The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two: Lynn's Addiction Mentioned
    Marathon On a map
    Take Your Choice Appears
    Drink Me Appears
    Grinning from Ear to Ear Appears
    The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation Appears
    Through the Looking-Glass Appears
    A Narrow Escape Appears
    If You Believe in Me, I'll Believe in You Appears
    A Secret Kept from All the Rest Appears
    O, Mouse! Appears
    Whatever Happened to Kate Kane? Appears
    Prior Criminal History Appears
    Bat Girl Magic! Appears
    Fair Skin, Blue Eyes Appears
    Gore on Canvas Appears
    Do Not Resuscitate Appears
    It's Best You Stop Digging Appears
    Survived Much Worse Appears
    Rule 1 Appears
    Fear Me Mentioned
    Time Off for Good Behavior Appears
    Arrive Alive Appears
    Initiate Self-Destruct Appears
    I'll Give You a Clue Appears
    And Justice for All Appears
    Family Matters, Part 1 Mentioned
    Armed and Dangerous Appears
    Good-Bye Vibrations Mentioned
    Rebirth (Batwoman) Appears
    Kane, Kate Appears
    Power (Batwoman) Appears
    P.O.W. Mentioned
    Welcome Back, Kara! Name Seen
    Mad as a Hatter Appears
    Loose Tooth Appears
    Freeze Appears
    Antifreeze Appears
    A Lesson from Professor Pyg Appears
    How Does Your Garden Grow? Appears
    Pick Your Poison Appears
    Armageddon, Part 4 Mentioned
    Trust Destiny Appears
    Meet Your Maker Appears
    Toxic (Batwoman) Appears
    Broken Toys Appears
    We're All Mad Here Appears
    We Having Fun Yet? Appears
    Flesh and Mud Appears
    A Night Out Appears
    The Man in the Yellow Tie Flashback
    Rogues of War Pictured
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 1 Mentioned
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 2 Mentioned
    A New World, Part 2: The Blues Name Seen

    Notes[edit | hide]

    • The state of Gotham City has never been specifically mentioned. However, in a hand-drawn map in Marathon, it seems to be located near Lake Michigan, in the area of Chicago. This places Gotham City in the state of Illinois.

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    References[edit | hide]

    Other versions of Gotham City
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    Original Multiverse

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