2. Gotham City
First Appeared: Batman #4 (Winter 1940)
Founding Father: Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Notable Residents: Bruce Wayne, the Joker, Harvey Dent, Commissioner Gordon
There are so many reasons Gotham City ranks among the coolest of all fictional cities. They're reasons you could list by name dropping dudes like Jack Nicholson, Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Frank Miller, etc. But above all those names stands one: Robert Sylvester Kelly. Of all the fictional cities on this list, only one can claim a musical tribute from the genius we know as R. Kelly. Though "Gotham City" was recorded for the Batman & Robin soundtrack, easily the worst of the Batman films, it still counts as a success. Because R. Kelly recorded it. "A city of justice," Kelly sings, "A city of love." "We all need it, we can't live without it." Yes.