Art Notes

Led by The Joker, the worst villains from Gotham City have escaped Arkham Asylum, bringing mayhem, violence, and destruction to the streets. Only one person can stop these criminal monsters – the Dark Knight.

In The Dark Knight Saves Gotham City, the true strength of Batman’s power is made manifest. Summoned to Gotham City by the Bat-Signal, the Caped Crusader and his sidekick Robin face a formidable challenge as their most evil nemeses have joined forces. The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and their band of evil masterminds are stopped dead in their tracks as the heroes arrive. As lightning races across the city skies, the Dark Knight and his companion prepare to fight an epic battle to save the citizens of Gotham City – a battle that the world’s most power crime fighters will undoubtedly win.


Key Points

  • The Dark Knight Saves Gotham City is second Limited Edition artwork by Thomas Kinkade Studios featuring Batman, and the first piece that includes his sidekick Robin.
  • This painting features some of Batman’s most powerful foes, including The Penguin, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Clayface, The Riddler, Bane, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and Scarecrow.
  • In the background to the left, we see Batgirl making a stealth entrance to help her friends.
  • Catwoman crouches in the shadows, trying to decide if she should fight with or against the Dark Knight.
  • As with the first Limited Edition release – Batman, Superman and Wonder WomanThe Dark Knight Saves Gotham City includes tributes to some of the important people in our heroes’ lives.
  • A sign at the top of one of the buildings reads “The Flying Graysons,” which pays tribute to Robin’s family. Before joining the Dark Knight, Dick Grayson was part of an acrobatic circus troupe with his mother and father. Upon their death, he became Robin “the Boy Wonder”.
  • In the night sky, we see the bright “W” on the Wayne Industries building directly across from the Bat-Signal – underscoring the Dark Knight’s dual identity.
  • Hidden nods to DC villains also lie within in this painting.
  • The hotel is named “Al Ghul,” after Super-Villain Ra’s al Ghul.
  • “Oswald’s Umbrellas” refers to The Penguin, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot.
  • Banners that adorn the skyscrapers read, “We Believe in Harvey Dent,” the alter-ego of Two-Face.
  • The silhouette of Commissioner Gordon can be seen on the rooftop.
  • “Martha’s” and “Thomas’ Pizzeria” pay tribute to Bruce Wayne’s mother and father.
  • “Gordon Cafe” and “Barbara’s Hair Salon & Spa” are named after Commissioner Gordon and his daughter, who is also known as Batgirl.
  • “Selena’s Jewelry” refers to Selena Kyle, also known as Catwoman.
  • A memorial to a creator of Batman appears on signage located on the roof. The year marks the introduction date of Batman.
  • The street sign in the center of the painting is also important. TK Road and 16th Avenue recognize the legacy of the Studios’ founder, Thomas Kinkade, and 16th Avenue is in reference to the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman #16.


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Title: The Dark Knight Saves Gotham City
Collection: D.C. Super Hero Fine Art
Painted: 2017
Published: 2017
Style: Narrative Panorama
Classification: Thomas Kinkade Studios
Subject Location: Gotham City

Genre: Cityscapes, D.C. Super Hero Fine Art, Movies, New Releases, Thomas Kinkade Studios

Tags: Batman, Comics, DC, Gotham City, Harley Quin, Justice League, Mr. Freeze, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Two Face

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