As you're probably aware of by now, the game is set in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) and this world encompasses much more than just Gotham City and Metropolis. While the DCAU exists within the real world including London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, and any other real world locales you can think of, the main action takes place in fictional cities that exist exclusively in the DC universes.
Here, in alphabetical order, you'll find brief descriptions of the major cities that appear in the game and suggestions for which series, movie, or comic where you can get a good look at them, if applicable (for more detailed information see the DCAU wiki). If you know of any other cities or still-existing planets within the DCAU that aren't listed here, drop us a comment and we'll add it in.
Blüdhaven: Issue #12 of Batman Adventures vol. 2
A thriving city located in New Jersey and just a bus or train ride away from Gotham City, Blüdhaven is the current home of Nightwing. Once run by corrupt police, gang lords, and scared city officials unable to do anything about it, the streets were cleaned up after a hard-fought battle led by Nightwing and a few courageous cops, lawyers, and other officials willing to stand up and do the right thing.
These days "The 'Haven", as the locals call it, is a much safer place to live, though just like nearly every other city in the DCAU, it gets more than its fair share of crazies on top of the non-supervillainy crimes. And the residents of Blüdhaven are rarely too shy to stop their local hero and celebrity to ask for autograph after one of his TV appearances.
Central City: Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance"
Located just over the river from New Jersey in Pennsylvania, Central City is, as the welcome sign so proudly declares, "Home of The Flash", who even has his own holiday -- Flash Appreciation Day.
Dakota: any episode of Static Shock
Located in urban Michigan, Dakota bears nearly all of the hallmarks of your stereotypical "inner-city" setting. The public schools lean towards overcrowding, recreation centers are safe havens for kids trying to stay off the streets and out of trouble, because those streets are run by violent gangs that the police just can't handle. And it only got worse after the night of the Big Bang, when the police, trying to stop a gang war, accidentally blew up canisters of an experimental gas developed by Alva Industries. Everyone who breathed the gas was either physically mutated, given metahuman powers, or both.
Nowadays, these "Bang Babies" are mixed in the mostly minority population, some of them hiding, others more out in the open. Some just want to lead as normal a life as they can, others want to take advantage of their newfound powers and become supervillains; and still others, like Dakota's own Static and his sidekick, Gear, decide to use their powers to stop those and other villains.
Gotham City: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm or Mystery of the Batwoman (for Gotham City 40 years in the future see Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker)
Located in the darkest part of New York, Gotham City is one of the two largest and most famous cities on Earth 12. Nearly single-handedly run by companies owned by Wayne Enterprises (owned and run by millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, legal guardian of Tim Drake and former resident Dick Grayson), it's home to some of the most dangerous criminals in the world and had the highest murder rate in the country until the Batman stepped in. With the help of then-soon-to-be-Commissioner Gordon, he cleaned up the streets, later on aided by Robin, the Boy Wonder, and Batgirl. But it's still a pretty scary place to live.
The citizens of Gotham range from the homeless to the down on their luck to the working stiff to the wealthy elite (or the Trust Fund Crowd). Not to mention the criminally insane currently residing in Arkham Asylum, an institution not exactly known for keeping the really determined whack jobs off the streets for long. Some of them stay because they can't leave; others stay because won't leave. No matter which side they rest on, though, just about every one of them will stand behind their city and its Dark Knight when it comes down to it.
They're still known to be pretty cynical and, while most of that can be attributed to the criminal element, some of it might also have to do with the layer of pollution so thick that it dyes the sky the unnatural almost-red color.
Jump City: any Teen Titans episode
Just off the coast of this sunny Californian city lies a miniscule little island, home to Titans Tower, the oh-so-stylish T-shaped headquarters of the Teen Titans. Jump is a relatively clean-cut city. They don't get a lot of "normal" crime, save for the occasional mugging. They have, however, been host to alien invasions, interdimensional near-catastrophes, werewolves, bank robbing magicians, the creepiest of creepy fanboys, and the end of the world as they knew it.
The Teen Titans have saved them every time, though, and the citizens of Jump City are always ready to thank their heroes. Especially when they started giving even more back to the community by setting up the Titans Urban Reconstruction Fund (T.U.R.F.), an organization dedicated to helping rebuild property damage caused as a result of their frequent battles.
Metropolis: any Superman: The Animated Series episode
The light to Gotham City's sometimes oppressive darkness, Metropolis is, quite literally, a thriving metropolis on the shores of Maryland. Home to the famous Daily Planet newspaper and the even more famous Superman, the city has seen its fair share of crimes, criminals, and alien invasions -- all foiled by the Man of Steel, of course. Like Gotham City and Wayne Enterprises, LexCorp owns and runs quite a lot of the city while Lex Luthor, the CEO, maintains the facade of Just Another Businessman to keep people from realizing that a lot of his research and development budget goes to trying to kill Superman.
After so many attempts, though, it's been hard for the people of Metropolis not to notice what's going on. Certainly Superman has his detractors, but for the most part the people see him as a symbol of hope and have faith that he'll always be there to save them.
Smallville: the Superman: The Animated Series episodes "The Last Son of Krypton"
A classic small town in Kansas, Smallville is the hometown of illustrious Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, adoptive son of local farmers and still residents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. This mostly quiet farming town doesn't really see much action of the super kind; there was that one alien invasion of the body snatchers, but Superman and Supergirl were there to save the day.
Other than that, Smallville and its citizens are probably some of the most "normal" of the DCAU cities. The local high school and its occasionally rambunctious students cause most of the trouble in town, but for the most part, the people of Smallville are friendly, down to Earth folk willing to lend a hand if the neighbor's tractor breaks down or if one of the older fellas is having a little trouble getting his harvest to the market.
Star City: not shown
Illinois is home to this bustling city which is, itself, home to the superhero Green Arrow and once home to his former partner Speedy. A man with a moral compass that makes him a vocal proponent for fighting for the underprivileged and not just against supervillains. The criminals that he battles in Star tend to be corrupting influences in the local government.
As with LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises, Star City has its own conglomerate in Queen Industries, owned and operated by local millionaire playboy Oliver Queen, known to most as simply Ollie and former guardian of youth Roy Harper.
The citizens of Star City are always willing to rally behind their local hero as well as their beloved playboy.
Steel City: Teen Titans episodes "Titans East" parts I and II
Nearly the opposite of Jump City's clean cut brightness, this Michigan city is the home of the Titans East branch of the Teen Titans. It's polluted, occasionally corrupt, and has caught the attention of some of the Teen Titans' most big name villains like Brother Blood, but it's home to everyone who lives there.
Atlantis: Justice League episode "The Enemy Below"
Once an artificial island paradise, Atlantis sunk below the waves of the Atlantic Ocean when the power keeping it afloat was channeled into an element called Trident and used to stop an attack from the monster Ichthultu.
The city and its people weren't heard from again until their army attacked a US submarine that unknowingly trespassed in their territory. After a good number of negotiations between the UN and Atlantis' current leader, King Arthur (also known as Aquaman), Atlantis has finally been recognized as an official country.
Atlanteans are characterized by their literally thick skin (said to harder than a rhino's), their ability to breathe underwater through their gills while still maintaining functioning lungs (though they don't fully develop until after puberty), and their fierce and sometimes violent desire to protect the oceans.
Gorilla City: Justice League episode "The Brave and the Bold"
Not so much a city as its own self-contained country, Gorilla City is just what you would expect out of a city with the word "gorilla" in it. Well, almost. Hidden deep in the jungles of Africa, Gorilla City is home to an advanced civilization of gorillas of -- or possibly even above -- human intelligence. Developing after an alien spacecraft crashed in the jungle, their technology is impressive at least and beyond what some people might even think possible at best. They hide themselves from the world using a shield that makes the city invisible, keeping the human race from finding out about them.
While Gorilla City had been living in peace since it had first been founded, that was disrupted by Grodd, one of their own scientists, developing a mind control helmet and trying to take over the city, and then again when he tried to use the city's technology to de-evolve the humans of Earth back into apes. Both times the Justice League helped Solovar, head of Gorilla City security, defeat Grodd's plans.
Themyscira: Justice League episodes "Paradise Lost"
Home of Princess Diana (known to the rest of the world as Wonder Woman) and the legendary Amazons, this paradisiacal island is hidden in the Bermuda Triangle through the power of the Greek gods. The island is ruled by Queen Hippolyta and protects the Gates of Tartarus.
The culture is based almost exclusively in that of ancient Greece. The all-female population wears traditional togas and sandals, long hair, and are trained in archery and sword fighting. Men are forbidden from setting foot of the island with very few exceptions including the Justice League who, along with helping the Amazons in times of need, are also dear friends with their beloved Princess Diana, ambassador to the UN.
Tamaran: Teen Titans episode "Betrothed"
Tamaran is the home planet of the Teen Titans’ own Starfire. Once a lush, tropical planet ruled over by Starfire’s parents, a Gordanian invasion reduced it to a barren wasteland. The rightful heir to the throne, Starfire’s younger brother, Wildfire, was secretly sent away from Tamaran to protect the royal bloodline and soon after, Blackfire negotiated a “truce” with the Gordanians that ended in Starfire being taken away as a slave and her parents falling ill from heartbreak and dying soon after. Blackfire took over the planet then as the Grand Ruler, arranging a fake invasion by the Dranthax to eventually marry off Starfire to their prince. Starfire defeated Blackfire and made her childhood nurse, Galfore, the new and current Grand Ruler.
The Tamaraneans are a warrior culture, most aspects of it (even their language and table manners) seeming incredibly hostile to outsiders, even if they aren’t really. The people are characterized by golden-orange skin, short oval-shaped eyebrows, green eyes, and hair colors ranging between red (the most common) and black. Their powers, similar to Starfire’s though she’s proven herself to be the strongest, are fueled by their emotions -- flight by joy, super strength by confidence, and starbolts (both the ones shot from their hands, and those from their eyes that develop after their second puberty) by fury. Not to mention, of course, the unique ability to learn and become fluent in any language just by kissing someone who knows it.
Gordania: not shown
Found in the Vega star system, the Gordanians are a race of intergalactic slavers, infamous around most of the galaxy for invading and attempting to conquer other planets (such as Tamaran and Thanagar, former home of Hawkgirl) and enslaving their people. They left Tamaran when Blackfire negotiated the release of the planet in exchange for Starfire, but their battles continue with the Thanagarians.
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