June 24, 2013

Whatever Happened to “The Narrows” in Batman?

So I was watching Batman Begins on TV yesterday and it’s arguably still my favourite batmofilm, but one thing which niggles at me about the (now complete) trilogy is as follows:

Gordon: The Narrows is lost. And we still haven’t picked up Crane or half the inmates of Arkham that he freed.
Batman: We will. We can bring Gotham back.

… OK…. so when are we going to save the Narrows? They are never even referenced again in The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises are they? Or was I smoking crack and miss something?

The Narrows played such an integral part in Batman Begins as it was essentially where all the evil was properly released in Gotham with the release of  the stolen Micro Emitter.

For those who don’t already know, according to Batman Wikia “The Narrows is an island in the middle of the Gotham River, situated between Midtown and Downtown Gotham City. It is home to the a decaying and dilapidated neighborhood in which Arkham Asylum is located. It is also the place where Ra’s al Ghul began his assault on Gotham City”.

Rumour has it that The Narrows was eventually quarantined to keep all of the now utterly insane people under control to prevent them from escaping and wreaking havoc on the rest of the city. Apparently some managed to escape though and Gotham still had it’s fair share of nutters on the loose.

Upon further digging and with thanks to Batman Wikia I discovered that Batman: Gotham Knight reveals that the inhabitants of The Narrows were repurposed, and the entire island (renamed Arkham Island) became asylum grounds. The asylum itself was transformed into a high-security fortress, with checkpoints and sniper towers augmenting the natural barrier of the island. This depiction was later utilized for Batman: Arkham Asylum.

As much as I love Nolan’s TDK Trilogy it would have been nice to even have a sentence discussing the fate of The Narrows, preferably by the end of The Dark Knight Rises stating that they had brought it back, rather than having to watch a (not very good) spin off cartoon.

So… for now, let’s just say Godzilla came along and stamped all over it. Cool?


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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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