While it’s not known whether he’s out looking for the likes of the Joker, the Penguin and Poison Ivy, it does appear Batman has some sort of real life counterpart in Japan, where various people have caught ‘Chibatman’ in a highly detailed bat-suit, riding around on a pretty badass three wheeled bat-cycle.
When Batman and Superman were created, their respective home towns of Gotham City and Metropolis were invented as generic east coast American big cities, mostly being representative of New York, but also just like Christopher Nolan’s Gotham, incorporating parts of other east coast and midwest cities such as Pittsburgh, Chicago and Newark. Over the decades, as stories evolve, both Gotham and Metropolis have at times exhibited qualities that could put them nearly anywhere in the US, but they’re still at heart, northeastern metro areas. But where? According to many versions, New York exists alongside both Metropolis and Gotham, so where does that put the two fictional big cities? Despite the map above from 1978, neither town has ever officially been pinpointed on a map, though the header image, from an issue of ‘The World’s Greatest Heroes’, is probably about as accurate as it gets— if NYC exists in the DC universe, that puts Gotham in southern New Jersey and Metropolis just across the river, sitting on top of, or possibly right next to, Dover, Delaware.
We’ve seen one moody photo of someone who may or may not be Ben Affleck wearing the short-earted bat-suit from Batman vs Superman, but yesterday at San Diego Comic Con, DC showed off the entire cape and cowl apparatus, but not the suit itself. Or maybe there is no actual suit, just Affleck pecs.
Even though DC is coming late to the comic movie metaverse thing, looking at their film schedule through 2018, it may come at just the right time. Marvel has burned through their A string and while I’m sure they’ll make plenty of money with Doctor Strange and Ant Man, no one on the planet needs to be taught who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash are, and DC doesn’t have its biggest characters stuck in perpetual loan to other production companies.
-May 2016 – Batman v Superman
-July 2016 – Shazam
-Xmas 2016 – Sandman
-May 2017 – Justice League
-July 2017 – Wonder Woman
-Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
-May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
"According to my source, "Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie."