See where the Dark Knight prowls with the official map of Gotham

Gotham City is practically another character in most Batman stories. Some writers treat it like the Dark Knight's mistress, others like his child, others like a monster he has to tame, but it's almost always at the center of everything. And now, thanks to a new guidebook, you can see exactly what it looks like.

This version of Gotham comes from The Dark Knight Manual by Brandon T. Snider, which makes it the official view of Christopher Nolan's Gotham. The comic-book city might look a bit different depending on who's drawing it, but this is the layout of the city you're seeing in The Dark Knight Rises.

If you take a look around, you'll notice the names of all the bodies of water that surround the city, along with the names of bridges, parks and every Gotham neighborhood. Near the top you'll see Gotham Stadium, which has a big role to play in Nolan's final Batman adventure, and near the middle you'll notice there's one place where all the rail lines converge. Though it's not labeled, viewers of Batman Begins will remember that must be Wayne Tower. And keep an eye out for the notorious Narrows.

The idea to name Batman's city Gotham, by the way, came from writer Bill Finger, who, though he's not officially credited, was responsible for many important additions to the Batman mythos.

"Originally I was going to call Gotham City 'Civic City,'" Finger said in The Steranko History of Comics in 1970. "Then I tried 'Capital City', then 'Coast City'. Then I flipped through the New York City phone book and spotted the name 'Gotham Jewelers' and said, 'That's it,' Gotham City. We didn't call it New York because we wanted anybody in any city to identify with it."

Check out the full map of Gotham below. The only thing that's missing is a set of markers for all of the Caped Crusader's major battles.

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(Via Huffington Post)

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