Since his debut back in 1939, Batman has been thrilling comics fans with his crime-fighting exploits. Through the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, onto TV screens in the 1960s, and then into movie theaters in the 1980s, Batman has been a cultural touchstone for more than 75 years now.
The Caped Crusader may live in Gotham City, but fans around the world have found new and interesting ways to bring Batman from TV screens and the comic book pages into some unique real-life spaces. If you love all things Batman, you’ll be excited to know you can essentially organize a world tour around the Dark Knight.
Whether you want to visit some iconic film locations, check out the history of the character, or just sip a coffee in a themed café, here are 20 real-world places you can visit and pay homage to one of the greatest comic characters of all time. On this journey, you’ll venture from the usual places in the US, to various locations around the UK, to far-flung locales in India and Singapore.
Fire up the engines on the Batmobile, and add some (or all) of these insane Batman homages to your bucket list.
20 This Theme Park In Abu Dhabi Cost More Than $1 Billion
On Yas Island, about 40 miles outside of Abu Dhabi, you’ll find 1.65 million square feet dedicated to Warner Bros.’s newest theme park. Six immersive areas in the park bring iconic characters to life through 29 different attractions.
Batman shares space with the Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and Wonder Woman, but Batman fans will love the chance to visit some of the iconic sites of Gotham City, like the Monarch Theater. Themed rides, like the Joker Funhouse and a Riddler-inspired attraction, round out the experience. It’s fun for the whole family, but it’s also close enough to other attractions that you won’t feel bored for even a second.
19 Visit The Real Wayne Manor
Batman is the alter ego of Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist and owner of Wayne Enterprises. Being insanely wealthy helps Bruce pay for all of the cool gadgets Batman uses, but it also means he gets to kick back in the ultra-fancy Wayne Manor.
For The Dark Knight Rises, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, UK, got to stand in for Mr. Wayne’s swanky abode. The good news is you can visit without needing a paycheck the size of Bruce Wayne’s. The hall is usually free to enter, unless there are other exhibitions going on, and all-day parking costs are quite reasonable too.
18 This Brooklyn Lounge Will Appeal To Dive Bar Enthusiasts
Not every destination on this list is as high-brow as Wollaton Hall, but all of them offer up a uniquely inspired Batman experience. Take, for example, the Gotham City Lounge in Brooklyn, New York.
This place is the stuff dive bar dreams are made of. The space is jam-packed with superhero memorabilia from wall to wall. The drinks are probably some of the most reasonably priced in all of New York, and if you love a good dive, this is a great option. Even if it’s not your scene, you might check it out just to satisfy your craving for all things superhero. Keep in mind, you’ll need to be 21 or over!
17 This Pittsburgh University Was Turned Into A Jail
This next location is also the film set of an iconic scene in Christopher Nolan’s masterful Batman trilogy. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane releases prisoners from the Blackgate Penitentiary. Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University had the honor of standing in for the prison.
The jailbreak and the subsequent brawl between the Gotham City police and the escaped prisoners were filmed in the Software Engineering Institute and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. While there isn’t much to see in terms of memorabilia, keen-eyed film fans will revel in walking through the halls and spotting the exact locations that appear in the final film.
16 This Taiwanese Motel Has A Batman-Themed Room
It’s not exactly unusual for hotels to have themed suites up for grabs. If any Batman fans happen to be passing through Taiwan, you might want to check out the Eden Motel’s Batman-inspired suite.
Keep in mind the Eden is a particular kind of hotel, and the property bills the room as a “momentary sensual escape.” It might be the perfect place to bring your nerdy significant other for a getaway. The suite is decked out in memorabilia, and everything that can be bat-shaped is, from the mirrors to the TV. The suite starts around $111 US, which is more than reasonable for your own personal Gotham.
15 The New York Stock Exchange Is Another Iconic Film Set
We’ll hop back to the US, touching down in New York City again. Although DC has explicitly stated Gotham is in New Jersey, not NYC, it hasn’t stopped fans from equating the Big Apple with the Caped Crusader’s stomping grounds.
Nor has it stopped various locations around NYC from being the perfect stand-ins for some of Gotham’s locations. Check out the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, which plays the Gotham Stock Exchange in The Dark Knight Rises. It also served as the filming location for the final showdown between Batman and Bane. Just be warned that security is tight, to prevent real-life Banes from hatching any schemes.
14 Upstate New York Has The Superhero Of Nerdy Pizzerias
You might think NYC is the best place to grab a slice of pizza, but if you want to mix your pies with cheesy superhero memorabilia, you’ll want to take a trip to Grand Island in upstate New York. There you’ll find Say Cheese Pizza. The place is hard to miss, since it has a giant Spider-Man mounted on the roof.
The pizzeria is home to all kinds of comics goodness, from life-sized statutes of Batman and Superman to its very own comic book shop, right in the middle of the restaurant. In fact, the place started out as a comic shop where you could grab a slice too. Today, any comic-related item in the restaurant is for sale.
13 Trace Batman’s Roots In Nottinghamshire
We’ve already paid one visit to Nottinghamshire to see Wayne Manor, a.k.a. Wollaton Hall. But that’s not the UK town’s only connected to the Caped Crusader. In fact, the connections go far deeper than you might think!
About 5 kilometers from Wollaton Hall, you’ll find a small village called Gotham. Legend has it that Gotham’s 13th-century residents didn’t want their leader, John to travel through the town, which meant he’d have to build a road and raise their taxes. So everyone in town began to act mad, which scared John off. Who knew Joker and Riddler had such deep historical roots?
12 Pittsburgh’s “Museum With Character” Will Delight Film Buffs and Comic Book Nerds Alike
While you’re in Pittsburgh, book a trip to the city’s cultural district to visit the ToonSeum, a museum dedicated to celebrating the art of cartooning. Be sure to check out the schedule, which often includes programming for children, book signings, and even cartooning classes.
Hidden among the galleries, you’ll find original comic book art featuring all of your favorite characters, as well as the Lou Scheimer Gallery and a comic book library. Batman fans are in for an extra treat, as The Dark Knight Rises actually filmed some of its scenes in the ToonSeum building! That’s metatextuality at its absolute finest.
11 Grab A Superhero-Inspired Latte Or Lunch In Singapore
Are you visiting Singapore? The last thing you might expect to do is grab lunch inspired by an American cultural icon. But you can, thanks to the DC Comics Super Heroes Café at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Kids of all ages can enjoy an immersive café-retail experience set in the DC universe. Opt to dine in or take out various superhero-themed dishes. The Justice League gang is all well-represented. Our favorite picks for Caped Crusader fans are the Dark Knight charcoal-brioche bun burger, the “just desserts” offered up by Joker, and Batman’s Late Night Summer Latte. It’s sure to be a hit with any Batman fan of any age!
10 This Old Train Station Is A Pop Culture Phenomenon
Michigan Central Station celebrated its centenary in 2013. While it may have started life as a train station, it’s gone on to become one of the most photographed structures in all of Detroit. And it makes an appearance in many movies, music videos, and more. Since the station has been decommissioned, it’s become a mix of crumbling grandiosity and contemporary graffiti.
Perhaps its crowning achievement, however, is that it was selected as the scene of the final fight in Batman v Superman. The building’s windows have since been replaced, but the beauty and desolation of the once-grand building still resonate and provide an appropriate backdrop for the climactic fight.
9 This Turkish City Is Worth It For The Name
This next spot isn’t really “Batman” inspired, but any Batman fan worth their salt should probably take a trip to this Turkish city. Located near Bati Raman mountain, there’s a major river in the area called the “Batman.”
The name has also been used for a province, a dam, and Batman University, which isn’t quite what it sounds like. It would probably still look pretty cool on your resume. About 350,000 people live in the city of Batman. In 2008, the mayor of the city tried to sue Warner Bros., but the suit never got off the ground.
It may not revolve around the superhero himself, but it’s still a cool place to visit—and the name rocks!
8 This Museum In Indiana Has A Replica BatCave Set
Almost everyone has seen at least one episode of the campy, iconic 1960s Batman TV series, starring Adam West as the titular character. While Batman has largely shed the silliness associated with the series, it’s still a fan-favorite, running in syndication for years now.
Whether you’re a fan of the series or of Batman more generally, you’ll want to visit the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum in Indiana. It features one of the largest comic book and superhero memorabilia collections in the world, with more than 60,000 books and 10,000 toys. And yes, it has a replica Batcave set.
7 Grab Another Latte In Mumbai
The last scene of The Dark Knight Rises shows Alfred arriving at a restaurant in Florence, Italy, where he happens to spot Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle in passing. Bruce nods to him, and Alfred has a drink. We’re left to ponder what Bruce does next.
Maybe he spends his time traveling around the world, checking out different cafes and restaurants. We think he’d like to make a stop at Leaping Windows Café, a superhero-themed café in Mumbai, India. Enjoy a cuppa or a sandwich as you leaf through some of your favorite DC comics, surrounded by beautiful wall art. When the bill arrives, it’ll be hidden inside a comic book!
6 Visit Oklahoma For A Glimpse At An Amazing Action Figure Collection
If you happen to be anywhere near Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, be sure to stop in at the Toy & Action Figure Museum. This museum is dedicated to the art and sculpting of action figures, and it houses more than 13,000 of them. Many of them are collector’s items, never having been taken out of their original packaging.
If that’s not enough to delight your nerdy sensibilities, you’ll be delighted to know that there are several different sections to the collection. And yes, one of those sections is dedicated solely to Batman action figures. Whether or not you love action figures, you have to admire the dedication.
5 Buckle Up For An Epic Review Of Superhero History
If you’re a new fan or just want to brush up on your comic book history, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, is just the spot to do it. The museum offers 750 comic books alongside toys and collectibles dating back to the 1700s! It’s possible to trace the origins of modern collecting here.
An entire room of the museum is dedicated to US comic book art. You’ll be taken on a whirlwind tour of Golden and Silver Age comics, told through the art of comic book covers. The tour winds up with the more modern, complex superheroes we know and love today.
4 Travel To India For This Famous Batman Set Location
Fans of The Dark Knight Rises will recognize Mehrangarh Fort as the location of the prison pit Bruce Wayne crawled out of in the film. The fort, located in Rajasthan, is one of the largest in all of India, and it has its own magnificent history. Batman is just a small part of the story here, which makes it all the more fun to discover.
The fort still bears the scars of historical battles around its seven gates, as well as housing a museum and a temple. The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is another attraction you can visit. Finally, the site was also used in the live-action version of Disney’s Jungle Book in 1994.
3 Batman Fans Have Another Reason To Visit Heinz Field
Many fans travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Most of them are football fans, and they usually arrive to see the Steelers take on a rival team under the lights. If you’re a Batman fan, though, you’ve got another reason to find a trip to Heinz Field exciting.
The stadium was featured prominently in The Dark Knight Rises, where comic books and sports fandom meets. In the film, Bane sets off bombs that cause the football field to collapse under the very feet of the players. In reality, Heinz Field is a lot safer than the movie might lead you to believe.
2 Quick, Robin! To The Batcave!
Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy brought us a darker, grittier version of the Dark Knight, and subsequent DC movies have tried to keep with this interpretation. The campy 1960s Batman will always be an icon, however, and one of the things you can do is visit the entrance of the TV series’ Batcave.
Bronson Canyon, part of Griffith Park in LA, served as the exit/entrance location for the Batcave in the series. Many other notable TV series have filmed here, including Bonanza, Twin Peaks, and Wonder Woman. Take a walk along the Bronson Caves Trail and enjoy a small part of Hollywood history.
1 This Is Probably The Ultimate Batman Destination
We’ve left what’s probably the best, although the most obvious, Batman-themed location for last. You’ll head down to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and you’ll get to visit their iconic Batman Museum.
The museum is currently dedicated to the Batmobiles of the various movies, from the 1980s through to the most recent films. Check out the Batpod from the Dark Knight trilogy, or gaze upon the iconic Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 film. Don’t forget the more expansive DC Universe exhibit at the studio as well. Afterwards, check out what else Burbank, California, has to offer in terms of movie magic and history.
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