Top 10 Batman movie locations

Batman, the Dark Knight, bringing order to the streets of Gotham... However, it is impossible to be satisfied with just one city to embody the dark city.

From London to New York to Chicago, discover how each city tries, in turn, to become Batman’s Gotham.

1. Gotham Globe Office – Batman (1989)

Saint-Pancras Renaissance Hotel in Batman - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Saint-Pancras Renaissance Hotel – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Most of the scenes were shot in the studio or outside London (Wayne Manor is the magnificent Hatfield House, located in North London), but the Gotham Globe offices were filmed at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in the Ladies Smoking Room. Dating from 1873, the establishment was closed at the time of the shooting and has since been completely renovated. Today it is a five-star hotel and the Ladies Smoking Room, the first place in Europe where women were allowed to smoke in public and reserved for private events. As for the map of Gotham, annotated by Batman (Michael Keaton) and observed by Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger), it is actually a map of the city of Vancouver.

Address: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, United Kingdom

2. Dr. Chase Meridian’s office – Batman Forever (1995)

Dr. Chase Meridian's office - Batman Forever
Dr. Chase Meridian’s office – Batman Forever

Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) has a very nice office, materialized in Surrogate’s Court. This probate court deals with both properly drafted wills and cases of death without a will or heir. Batman Forever was directed by Joel Schumacher on behalf of Warner Bros. Following numerous protests, the company did not want to entrust Tim Burton with a third Batman. Multiple letters were sent by mothers who considered Batman Returns inappropriate for their children because of its very dark vision.

Address: 23 Chambers Street, New York, USA

3. Gardens of Wayne Manor – Batman & Robin (1997)

The black sheep of the Batman saga still has some great locations, mainly for the gardens of Greystone Mansion.

Address: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

4. Wayne Enterprises – Batman Begins (2005)

Wayne Enterprises - Batman Begins
Wayne Enterprises – Batman Begins

Wayne Enterprise HQ turns out to be, in reality, the Chicago Board of Trade Building. In The Dark Knight Rises, however, it is the Trump Tower in New York.

Address: Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, USA

5. The Gotham Opera House – Batman Begins (2005)

Garrick Theatre - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Garrick Theatre – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) is attending a performance at the Gotham Opera House with his parents when he has an anxiety attack in the theater. The Garrick Theatre is as famous for its architecture as it is for its comedy. The scene of the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents was shot at the Cardington studio. At the genesis of the project, it was envisaged to tell the story of an older Batman and Clint Eastwood was approached to play this Bruce Wayne. He declined the offer.

Address: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, UK

6. Bruce Wayne’s penthouse – The Dark Knight (2008)

While waiting for the reconstruction of his mansion, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) lives in a penthouse. The latter is located in Chicago, on East Upper Wacker Drive.

Address: 71 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA

7. Luxury restaurant (closed) – The Dark Knight (2008)

Luxury restaurant - Batman / The Dark Knight
Luxury restaurant – The Dark Knight

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) walks into one of his Gotham City restaurants on the arm of a famous ballerina and runs into Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) having dinner with Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). A London institution, the Criterion is mentioned by Arthur Conan Doyle in Sherlock Holmes. Opened in 1873 across from Piccadilly Circus, the establishment saw the suffragettes meet in the 1920s. A true player and witness to its era, it closed in 2015 before reopening as Savini Criterion, which in turn closed in late 2018. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, who died in 2008, has been honored with nearly 60 awards, a Golden Globe, an MTV Movie Award and an Oscar. After Peter Finch in 1977 for Network, this is only the second time an actor has won an Oscar posthumously.

Address: Savini Criterion, 224 Piccadilly, London, UK

8. Gotham Stock Exchange – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Gotham Stock Exchange is supposed to be located inside this easily recognizable building right across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Only the exteriors were used in the filming of Bane’s (Tom Hardy) attack on Wall Street. During this sequence, we recognize different parts of the neighborhood. Robin Williams, Adrian Brody and Sean Penn are among the actors auditioned for the role of the Joker in the history of the Batman.

Address: 23 Wall Street, New York, USA

9. Wayne Manor – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Wollaton Hall - Wikimedia Commons photo by Lee Haywood
Wollaton Hall – Wikimedia Commons photo by Lee Haywood

Wollaton Hall is the exterior of the Wayne family’s elegant mansion. Destroyed then rebuilt, the manor has suffered a lot of damage but still remains standing. In reality, the house built in 1580 houses a natural history museum and other museums in its outbuildings.

Address: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom

10. Gotham City Cemetery – The Batman (2022)

Batman (Robert Pattinson) and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) meet one last time in the Gotham City cemetery, before they go their separate ways. The first is determined to stay and fight crime while the second hopes to start over far from the city. A vibrant conclusion to the new adventures of the masked vigilante. The Glasgow Necropolis was created in 1832, following the inauguration of Père-Lachaise in Paris. Established to serve the needs of an ever-growing population, the cemetery houses more than 3,500 monuments, including the John Knox monument.

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, October 7, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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