Since Tim Burton bat Man Y batman returns reinvented the DC icon as a grim and violent avenger, most live-action iterations have followed suit. More often than not, when Gotham City is recreated on the big screen, audiences see vast modern skylines, dark alleys, and shadowy locations that are brutally ominous. Burton’s Gotham was replete with elaborate Gothic architecture, created through expansive settings, detailed miniatures, and matte paintings. When it came time to modernize Batman for the 21st century, Christopher Nolan used Chicago as a stand-in for Gotham in the dark knight trilogyhelping to maintain a sense of realism and weight in each film.
For Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder filmed certain parts of Gotham in Detroit, recreating a very grounded but grim version of Gotham. for 2019 jesterTodd Phillips shot as many locations as possible, touring New York and New Jersey to capture the kind of grit and immediacy he loved in Martin Scorsese’s films. Taxi driver and Sidney Lumet dog afternoon. And yet, after decades of a dark and dirty Gotham City, while the essence of this iconic city may never change, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit may well cease to be go-to locations for future DC movies. As Cathy Yan showed in Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of a Harley Quinn)Los Angeles holds immense potential for directors looking to put a new spin on Batman’s iconic home.
Cathy Yan brought Bird of Prey to Sunny LA to show Gotham in a new light
Birds of prey, released in 2020, filmed many of its scenes in Los Angeles. What was perhaps an unprecedented creative decision ended up bringing this unique vision of Gotham to life and vigor. Although filmed on the sunny west coast, Yan maintained the danger, grit and eccentricity of Gotham City through a cosmetic application of CGI, specific lighting and camera angles. Gotham city Birds of prey it stands out in a positive way, announcing its own individuality – whatever Los Angeles landmarks some fans have noticed is nowhere to be found. By transplanting Gotham from the Midwest/East Coast to Los Angeles, Yan managed to underscore Gotham’s seedy nature in a way he hadn’t done before.
The bright side of the Los Angeles aesthetic brings to mind palm trees and gorgeous beaches, but the city has a lot to offer in terms of ruggedness and its own particular brand of wear. Yan knew where to go to accentuate this look. During post-production, she used CGI to highlight parts of Gotham that movies tend to omit, such as Ace Chemicals, Founders Pier, Amusement Mile, or the offices of the Janus Corporation, a company owned by the Sionis family. Since Gotham has a very different skyline than what audiences are used to seeing now, Yan had a chance to experiment with how he would explore this setting. As a result, she was given more freedom to draw from the source material and build a Gotham City more faithful to the comics.
Todd Phillips to Move Gotham City from New York to Los Angeles for Joker 2
A jester The sequel, with Phillips returning as director, will be released in 2024. Titled Joker: Folie à Deux, Lady Gaga has joined the cast as Harley Quinn, and the movie will reportedly be a musical. Little is known about the film so far, aside from some casting updates, as well as the fact that a considerable part of the story will take place in Arkham Asylum, a famous and historical aspect of Gotham that Phillips briefly showed in the first film. Since filming will take place in Los Angeles, this could mean a new trend for DC movies. (Historically speaking, however, Birds of prey It wasn’t the first time a DC movie set in Gotham City had been filmed on the West Coast: The Adam West-starring movie batman: the moviereleased in 1966, it was filmed exclusively in California).
Cathy Yan Birds of prey, while not a huge commercial success, received generally positive reviews and amassed its own fan base, proving that a Los Angeles-based Gotham City worked just as well as one based in Chicago or Detroit. According to James Gunn, Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn in the near future; however, many fans are still waiting for a proper version. Birds of prey continuation. Depending on how things develop, as well as the success Joker: Folie à Deux becomes — Los Angeles may yet solidify itself as cinema’s real-life answer to Gotham City.