Selina Kyle answers reader questions.
Isnít Gotham city just an unpublished name for New York City?
is. Gotham is synonymous with New York, and when the Batman comics
were first written, the name was more commonly used. Everyone would
have recognized it not as a generic East Coast city but THE East
Coast city. Outside of comic books there is still no gray area at all.
Variety calls its New York section "Gotham," and Gotham Magazine
highlights the best of upscale Manhattan each and every month. Gotham is
New York, end of discussion.
into the comic book trap of thinking New York, Metropolis, and Gotham are
all clustered together as sister cities. If Gotham and New York both
exist, then there is another Wall Street, Broadway, Diamond District,
Fashion Mecca, Publishing Center, Business Megalopolis, Embassy Row and UN
right across the river, and both are diminished. Gotham becomes an
also-ran, and the Batmanís City is no also-ran.
matter of interest, Metropolis isnít an East Coast city at all. It
is what we know as Chicago, the biggest city closest to farm
we say in the real neighborhood,