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View Poll Results: Which was the best Gotham City?
New York City 62 44.60%
Chicago 62 44.60%
Both were equally good 14 10.07%
I'd like to see my city as the next Gotham City 6 4.32%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 139. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-13-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Frankly Gotham City is a FICTIONAL city. It's not associated with any city. So I don't see how Chicagoans claiming their city is Gotham being any more pompous and arrogant than NYers taking it for granted that Gotham refers to NY.

Gotham is Gotham!
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Everybody knows that Gotham is Richmond, VA.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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So if someone make a popular movie and set it in a facsimile of New York City but calls it Windy City, does that mean that New York can be the Windy City?

New York has been called Gotham city for 200 years. For 200 years. 200 years. 2 centuries!

Now on the strength of a movie based on a comic book, people want to call Chicago, Gotham city!

You post-modernist, revisionist wankers!!!


This book, Gotham: The History of New York to 1898

is not about Chicago. Imagine!



I take my city nicknames very seriously as you can see :-)

ABQConvict
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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So if someone make a popular movie and set it in a facsimile of New York City but calls it Windy City, does that mean that New York can be the Windy City?
Something tells me that Chicagoans wouldn't even care if you took Windy City mainly because the majority of the nation still do not know why it's called that in the first place.
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Old 03-14-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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This thread is stupid to begin with. Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher created their versions of Gotham City in a Hollywood studio. Christopher Nolan wanted to make Gotham City believable as a major North American city and chose Chicago because it is less distinct than NYC and the elevated trains. I voted for Chicago as being the best Gotham City on film to date. However, while the films were shot mainly in Chicago, parts were also filmed in London and Hong Kong. In fact, Kowloon's Walled City was the inspiration for the Narrows in Batman Begins.

To all of those arguing Gotham City's true location, you're all right. Gotham City has been shown to be in many different locations over the decades. It was originally modeled after NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. It has ranged from actually being NYC, to being a neighboring city sharing a large bay with both NYC and Metropolis. It has been located entirely within the state of New Jersey. Its physical geography resembles the Rhode Island coast. It has also been a Midwestern city located on the shores of Lake Gotham. It has, at one point, even been located on the West Coast approximately where Vancouver is located. Nobody knows where it is, that's the fun of it.
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: cape girardeau
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Chicago is the Big Apple people, not Gotham city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!geesh!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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This thread is stupid to begin with. Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher created their versions of Gotham City in a Hollywood studio.
Pinewood Studios in the UK, actually.

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Christopher Nolan wanted to make Gotham City believable as a major North American city and chose Chicago because it is less distinct than NYC and the elevated trains.
I think the alleys play a big part, too. Chicago has tons of alleys. New York has far fewer. Also, they don't really use any shots of the el in Batman Begins... They used it far more in Spiderman 2.
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I voted for Chicago as being the best Gotham City on film to date. However, while the films were shot mainly in Chicago, parts were also filmed in London and Hong Kong. In fact, Kowloon's Walled City was the inspiration for the Narrows in Batman Begins.
Well... the scenes shot in Hong Kong were of Hong Kong. The vast majority of the films are pure Chicago. This was especially evident in TDK. I saw a good bit of filming for both movies around the city.
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Nope. Superman's city was always suppose to be NYC. Gotham meant to resemble Chicago. There is a reason why both of the new Batman films (especially Dark Knight) was filmed in Chicago.
I kno right. I Agree.
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