Gotham City - Gotham City was the
setting for the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68 starring Adam
West as the caped crime fighter, Batman and Burt Ward as his loyal
sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder. This dynamic duo operated from The
Batcave (beneath Wayne Manor) just a mere 14 miles outside the city.
The crime drama BIRDS OF PREY/WB/2002-03 (set in New Gotham) told the updated tale of a now disabled Barbara Gordon a.k.a.
Batgirl (Dina Meyer) who operated a high tech crime team out of
New Gotham City's Clocktower.
" Legend tells of a caped crusader, Batman, guardian of New
Gotham, and his one true love, Catwoman, the queen of the criminal
underworld. Their passion left behind something extraordinary, a
daughter, Huntress. Half metahuman, she has taken up her father's
mantel and under cover of the night, fights to protect the innocent
and helpless. Joining her in this struggle, Oracle, who was once
Batman's protégé, Batgirl. She was caught in the crossfire of the
war between Batman and Joker, now she fights crime a different way,
a master of the cyber-realms and mentor and trainer to heroes.
Together, they have taken in a young runaway, Dinah, a metahuman
herself with powers to open hidden doors to the mind, powers that
she is only beginning to explore. Together, these three are the
protectors of New Gotham - the Birds of Prey."
The term "Gotham" has also appeared in a variety of
television scripts over the years:
- Gotham City Trust Savings Bank was the financial institution
that handled the tax-free million dollar checks delivered by
Michael Anthony (Marvin Miller) the personal secretary of the
eccentric tycoon John Beresford Tipton on the drama THE
- The Gotham Bus Company employed the loudmouth Ralph Kramden
(Jackie Gleason) as a bus driver on the sitcom THE
- Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll) was a bank Vice-President who
dealt with a number of New York State banks including Gotham Trust
Company on the sitcom TOPPER/CBS/1953-55.
The Batmobile glides through Gotham
TRIVIA NOTE: Gotham City has long
been inferred to be the City of New York. The name "Gotham" was
first used by Washington Irving in "Salmagundi" (1807). Previously, it
had been used in English folklore to denote a village
(Nottinghamshire) known as "a home of fools." See also -
"The Big Apple"
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