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Batman (Comics, TV, and Movies)

Last modified: 2019-08-06 by peter hans van den muijzenberg
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Batman is a DC Comics super-hero, whose home is Gotham City.
Elias Granqvist, 29 April 2008



Albeit fictional, Gotham city is located in a real country, the US. From its name at least, it's definitely supposed to be a fictional New York.
James Dignan, 11 October 2004, and António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 June 2008

Gotham State

[Very dark blue flag bearing a torch with rays and stars, and the name, all yellow).]
image by Marc Pasquin, 20 November 2014

In the 1989 film version of Batman (directed by Tim Burton), there is a brief scene that takes place in a government's office (either the mayor's of the District Attorney's one). Behind the desk are a US national flag and another flag. The flag has the words "GOTHAM STATE" on it so what it represent is easy enough to guess and the general design is that of the US state of Indiana but in a simplified manner.

A similar flag is seen earlier on a podium during a speech by Harvey Dent which seem to be a variation: more stars and the word "GOTHAM" only. Considering how briefly it is seen and the fact is is folded, it's hard to tell if it is the same one but looking different due to the way it's scrunched up or if they needed an extra one and someone simply went out and bought an Indiana flag and sticky taped "GOTHAM" on to it.
Marc Pasquin, 20 November 2014

Gotham City

[Very dark blue ~2:3 flag with small seal image centered on it surrounded
by wide ring of 13 small golden yellow stars pointing outwards (the ring
seems to be assymetrical as a whole, i.e., there is no one star at the top or bottom).]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 June 2008

The flag of Gotham City as used in at least one of the Dark Knight movies made can be seen in a short movie clip on Adventure from Chicago. Unfortunately the flag never really unfurls. However, a good picture is shown on the same site and another picture on Flickr.
Elias Granqvist, 29 April 2008, and Valentin Poposki, 15 November 2008

It's a very dark blue ~2:3 flag with a small seal image centered on it surrounded by a wide ring of 13 small golden yellow stars pointing outwards (the ring seems to be assymetrical as a whole, i.e., there is no one star at the noon position).

The seal disc shows a sailship with "1620" in white on the sea. This is surrounded by a blue ring fimbriated white, seal-style, reading something in yellow capitals; behind the disc two crossed swords pointing upwards and a coil of rope edging it; laurel wreath made of two branches tied below and over the bottom part of all this a large golden yellow scroll reading "Gotham" in black serifed capitals.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 June 2008

The Batman movie "The Dark Knight" has a flag for Gotham City which is really that of New Hampshire with the name "Gotham" on a ribbon across the lower part of the state seal.
David Ott, 27 August 2008

The Joker

[red and blue field, head of joker]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 October 2006

A flag flown from a freighter comandeered by the Joker in an episode of the animated series "The Batman" (episode "The Laughing Cats", 2006). Vertically divided dark red/very dark blue with the countercharged head of a jester. (screenshot detail)
Eugene Ipavec, 8 October 2006

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