​Behind-The-Scenes Look at Gotham's Special Effects

New York City, a soundstage, some computers, and a layer of virtual filth make up Batman's stomping grounds.

Posted by Xander Pakzad

Gotham has a lot riding on it. There have been so many versions of the eponymous city, this one is challenged to stand out while staying true to its history. Judging from the trailers alone, I think the crew succeeded. To make sure it doesn’t look like New York City with a few new signs, they employed a variety of techniques to construct the fictional but believable city we all know and love.

It’s amazing how different a skyline can look with a little clouds, rain, and fog. Even adding the gothic architecture and gargoyles makes it look like a totally different place. It's hard to believe just a few years ago, those all would've been practical, hand-made set pieces. Now they're all 3D-modeled and placed in afterwards.

(Wouldn't it be cool if they took this 3D-modeled Gotham and used it in the Arkham games? Two penguins with one stone, am I right?)

Our favorite shows have been taking us behind-the-scenes a lot lately. Here, the producers of The Flash talked about making the pilot, from casting Grant Gustin to turning him into the lightning-fast Barry Allen.

A few months ago, we got a whole tour of Arrow’s production including the set, stunts, wardrobe, and script.

I know these videos are promotional more than anything, but I hope they become the norm. I know I’m not the only geek when it comes to stunts and special effects.

Also, if you haven’t checked out our blog on Game of Thrones’ CGI, check out the incredible before-and-after video here.

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