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  • Batman, a character created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Gotham City is a fictional U.S. port city located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast. It was originally a stand-in for New York City, but has also resembled other crime-ridden urban centers such as Chicago and Detroit. Some sources, including Mayfair Games' authorized (but now out-of-print) Atlas of the DC Universe, have placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Nolan's (director of the The Dark Knight movie trilogy) Gotham City is located in the middle of the estuary of the Liberty River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river separates most of Gotham from the mainland. The River Merchant divides Uptown from Midtown, while Midtown is separated from Downtown by the Gotham River. The Narrows is a small island in the Gotham River. A creek divides the district of South Hinkley from the rest of Gotham City. Gotham International Airport is in Pettsburg, to the north of the Liberty River estuary. The current DC Universe version of Gotham City is separated from the mainland by the Gotham River, bridged by a series of bridges and tunnels. The east and south sides of Gotham face the Atlantic Ocean. The city is further divided by the Sprang River (named for Dick Sprang) on the northern end and the Finger River (for Bill Finger) to the south. Tiny Blackgate Isle to the south-east is home to Blackgate Maximum Security Penitentiary. (Blackgate is replaced by Stonegate Penitentiary in Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) and its spin-offs.) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The producers originally planned to do the movie first, both to help launch the series and because the larger budget for a movie would allow them to build the numerous vehicles, such as the Batmobile, Batcopter, Batboat, and Batcycle. However, in late 1965 ABC asked the producers to have the series ready to debut the following January (rather than September,) so plans for the film were scrapped to focus on the series. After the tremendous success of the first season, the producers decided to make the film after all to cash in on the show's popularity and to build the Batcopter, Batboat, and a new Batcycle (an early version was used late in the first season.) Edit (Coming Soon)

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