Gotham City, also known as simply Gotham, is a crime-ridden city in the United States.
Gotham City was founded around 200 years ago by the Crowne family, the Dumas family, the Elliot family, the Kane family, and the Wayne family. After Caleb Dumas was (according to Dumas lore) falsely accused of forcing himself upon Celestine Wayne, his hand was cut off by Celestine's brother Jonathan Wayne and the Dumas' family holdings were seized and they were banished socially. The Dumas were forbidden from being mentioned by the press on orders from the Wayne family and streets and buildings were renamed that then carried the Dumas name.
- In the DC comics, Gotham City was in a crime-infested state before Bruce Wayne became Batman.
- Gotham is a long-standing nickname for New York City, which provides the basic visuals for the series.
- The five families that founded Gotham City are the Waynes, the Kanes, the Crownes, the Elliots, and the Cobblepots. In Gotham, the Cobblepots' role as one of the founding families was replaced with the Dumas.