Have you ever ever needed to wander the again alleys of Gotham? Let’s be trustworthy, the reply might be not. It’s no secret that hazard lurks below each busted streetlight in Batman’s hometown. However within the pages of Exploring Gotham Metropolis, a brand new guide that explores the wealthy historical past of the well-known fictional metropolis, you’ll get an unprecedented up-close take a look at Gotham’s neighborhoods, landmarks and websites the place legendary battles between heroes and villains have been waged.
Written by Matthew Okay. Manning, colorfully illustrated by Studio Muti and revealed by Perception Editions, this tall tome is filled with all of the Bat-tastic particulars you can need. You’ll really feel like a vacationer discovering the very best spots within the storied metropolis, from Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum, to Ace Chemical and Crime Alley. All of Gotham’s well-known locales and their secrets and techniques are yours to find.
And what secrets and techniques they’re! Even the most important Darkish Knight followers are more likely to be taught one thing new. Let’s check out 5 of the long-lasting places lined by the guide—and some enjoyable information it’s possible you’ll not find out about them—as we kick off your sightseeing adventures.
Stately Wayne Manor is outdoors of Gotham Metropolis correct locally of Bristol Township. The home was initially designed and constructed over 150 years in the past by Ambroos Lydecker for the Waynes, one of many first households of Gotham. Since then, it’s been transformed and virtually destroyed on a number of events. Alfred Pennyworth retains the expansive grounds and home in pristine situation. (Are we certain he’s not a superhero?)
On one of many manor’s many flooring you’ll discover the bed room of Damian Wayne. Do you know virtually each Robin nonetheless has a bed room within the grand home?
You would possibly assume you recognize the Batcave all the best way right down to the Bat-Cow who wanders its dim caverns, however you’ve by no means seen it stage by stage like this. There’s a command stage for coaching, the Corridor of Trophies that’s dwelling to the large penny and Tyrannosaurus rex, the tech-filled Corridor of Armor and the storage filled with Batman’s fantastic toys. There’s even a mysterious sublevel—quantity 7—that no customer has ever seen. Solely Batman is aware of what he retains there.
We’ve acquired one other little-known reality for you from Exploring Gotham Metropolis: There’s multiple Batcave. Batman retains smaller “caves” throughout Gotham, together with within the East Finish, the Narrows and beneath Arkham Asylum. Talking of which…
Gotham’s well-known asylum was as soon as the sprawling non-public residence of Amadeus Arkham. The physician devoted his life and donated his home to the care of the mentally ailing, naming the ability the Elizabeth Arkham House for the Criminally Insane as a tribute to his mom. Sadly, Amadeus later grew to become a resident himself after his personal deteriorating psychological situation got here to mild.
Inside Arkham you’ll discover cells that match their uncommon occupants. The Riddler scribbled codes and messages on his partitions; Clayface was housed in an hermetic house to stop his escape. Intriguingly, the unhinged Amadeus Arkham carved unusual occult symbols into the ground of his cell, which remained hidden for years.
The attractive Outdated Wayne Tower was designed by Cyrus Pinkney, the architect who imagined Gotham Metropolis’s placing skyline. The landmark is likely one of the most well-known constructions in Gotham. Vacationers typically head to the commentary deck for a panoramic panorama of the complete metropolis, unaware that the constructing was the positioning for fights for the way forward for Gotham.
Bruce Wayne took on the Talon and the Courtroom of Owls right here—and virtually died.
You won’t know the identify of this park, however you actually acknowledge the antihero who typically operates there. Poison Ivy feels at dwelling on the 300 sq. acre park nestled in the course of Gotham. The botanist has a deep connection to all life on Earth by the Inexperienced, so naturally she’s drawn to the most important inexperienced house within the metropolis.
Criminals from muggers to super-villains are additionally drawn to the favored park. Conscious that the world was a hub for crime, Bruce Wayne hid a small Batcave beneath the Robinson Park reservoir. Over time, Batman has squared off towards corrupt Gotham Metropolis police, Black Masks, Scarecrow, Dr. Phosphorus and numerous small-time crooks on this in any other case peaceable protect.
With a whole bunch of illustrations, particulars and information concerning the historical past of Batman’s dwelling turf, Exploring Gotham Metropolis is a must have for Bat-fans of all ages. Discover it now at your native bookstore or on-line.
Kelly Knox writes about all-ages comics and animation for DCComics.com and her writing may also be seen on IGN, Nerdist, and extra. Comply with her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to speak superheroes, comics and crafts.