Batman: Every version of Gotham City ranked from worst to best

ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ ™ & © DC Comics. Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ ™ & © DC Comics. Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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2. Batman

When Tim Burton was hired to direct Batman, audiences knew they were going to get an immersive, memorable movie. Needless to say, that immersive experience is exactly what we got when the film was released in theaters in 1989.

Burton’s movie created a world where a dark avenger like Batman had to realistically exist. Gotham City was largely responsible for that, as the crime within it formed the man who would be bat. That comes across pretty early on in the movie, as Gotham is a cesspool of corrupt cops, criminals, and unsafe streets.

Anton Furst’s wonderful art deco designs instantly set it apart from any old city, and it also imbued it with a sense of nostalgia. The movie’s story did the same, as it was easy to believe that there was crime waiting to pounce behind every smoky alleyway or city celebration. The fact that the crime bosses ran the city in secret also gave it a crime noir feel that we haven’t really gotten from any of the other Batman movies (until perhaps 2022’s The Batman).

The ongoing political battles and the war with crime that the likes of Commissioner Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent were fighting made Gotham City alive from the get-go, and the eerie look of the beautiful architecture did all the rest. This was a Gotham that needed Batman, and we’re so happy we got to witness the beginning of his reign as its protector. And we couldn’t help but marvel as he took his rightful place among the gargoyle statues, looking down over his eerily beautiful kingdom.