Gotham City is a fictional city which is the home of Batman, a DC Comics character. The city is based on New York City, and became Batman's home in 1941. Gotham was a village in England, near Nottingham, where the people were all very foolish. Author Washington Irving was the first person to describe New York as Gotham in his 1807 book, Salamagundi. In Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight Gotham City is based in Chicago. The Dark Knight Rises Gotham City is based in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Los Angeles. Christopher Nolan based Gotham City on Chicago, New York City, and London. When Bob Kane first thought of a city he wanted it to be like New York City, London, and Chicago. Bill Finger was about to name the city "Civic City".