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Modern DC Setting (Stats included!)

Post by Beleriphon » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:17 pm

Hi all. I've been floating the idea of a Modernish DC setting using the established characters with updated back story points and links. I'll give you some of what I've been thinking and please let me know what you think in return. Keep in mind the main thrust of the setting is the superpowers are relatively new, most characters would be either brand new on the scene or only been doing their thing for at most ten years. I'm trying to avoid legacy characters that are superheroes of some kind in their own right. Jay Garrick is there, but he's not necessarily the Flash from the 40s.

Assumed Premises
There is no significant, at least public, superpowered presence prior to the start of the campaign excepted as noted. Mystery men and adventures have existed, so somebody similar to Captain Nemo or Race Bannon are okay, but the Alan Scott being the Green Latern in the 40s didn't happen. The Blackhawks and similar WW2 era heroes are of course awesome. Otherwise I'll update and make characters that related to each other in somewhat different ways than would normally be seen.

Most major DC cities still exist, althought I've tried to find reasonable locations for them to actually exist in the US. My suggestions are thus: Gotham and Metropolis existing in New Jersey and Delware respectively, and sit across Delware Bay from each other. Star City is in the Pacific Northwest more or less sitting on the border between Washington and Oregon. Coast City is in Northern California, its roughly analagous to San Francisco. Keystone is in Illinois, Central City is on the Missouri and Kansas border (in Kansas) directly across from Keystone City in Missouri. Fawcett City is in Minnesota, and some of Captain Marvel's rogues talk like the cast of Fargo. Other places to come as I think of them, I haven't figured out Themescyria yet, but I'll get to it eventually.

All heroes are going to be 150pp/PL10 so that any player can pick an established character, or they can create their own character. I'll throw some hero stats up once I've got the time to do so.

Cut out Heroes and added to following post. Will be modifying for clarity as I go.
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Re: Modern DC Setting

Post by Beleriphon » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:22 pm

Heroes

Superman (rev 1.1)
Superman is the first hero to have publically declared himself. That isn't to say he's the first person to be performing superheroics, but he's certainly a big shiny example of that. This would have been approximately two years ago as of the start of the game. In that times he's stopped a few experiments gone wrong in Metropolis and helped out with natural disasters and human suffering (specifically in several civil wars) the world over. He's generally seen as a force for good, although that doesn't mean everbody trusts him. He's also declared that his in point of fact an alien; suffice to say that has some people wondering what he's actually up to (like Lex Luthor, and other assorted nasty types).

Clark is still the farm boy from Kansas. He still works at the Daily Planet, in the two years he's been there he went from copy editor to the Planet's primary science reporter. Instead of being kind of clumsy and buffonish Clark is more nerdy and geek like. He likes RPGs, Discovery Channel, and finds NASA the best thing since sliced bread (this despite the fact that he can fly to Mars himself, and did once right after graduating high school, Martha and Johnathan still have the handful of sand he brought home). He acts unsure of himself and his own opinions or even what he knows, despite the fact he's almost always right. The science beat is what puts him onto Luthor being into shady stuff.

Clark graduated from the Unveristy of Kansas with a major in english and a minor in journalism. After graduating Clark travelled through much of Euope, Asia and Arfica hoping to find his place in the world. He backpacked across Europe, took the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing and walked the length of the Great Wall of China. During his travels in Africa Clark joined the Peace Corps and took a position teaching english to school children. Clark was a natural born teacher, he was kind and showed them respect that many of them had never known. He finally thought he'd found his calling, he would be a teacher. He could return to Smallville, and teach english in highschool. That all ended when civil war rolled through the village, Clark did his best to stop the villages from being hurt but even a man able to move faster than a speeding bullet can't move faster than all of them. The guerillas took nearly two dozen children with them when they fled.

Clark followed the guerillas that had attacked the village. There was nothing that they could do to stop his white hot fury. He turned guns into slag metal, crushed vehicles with is bear hands, he finally found their leader. He could have killed the man, but he didn't. He held the life of the man in his grasp and all he could think of was telling his father that he killed a man in revenge. Johnathan Kent would have said a man deserves a second chance, that even monsters have souls. Johnathen Kent saved the life of a monster that day, and continues to save the life of monsters every day since.

Batman
Batman has been operating in Gotham for roughly five years as of the start of the game. He's definitely the urban legand Batman though. He rarely deals with the police (Commissioner Gordon has had a few shadowy meetings with him over the years), and makes it a point to never leave evidence he exists. His efforts aren't entirely successful and a few Batarangs or very blurry images of him have popped up over the years, but he's in the same league as the sasquatch as far as hard evidence goes. His primary target has been organized crime, but they're starting to get desparate and turning to the likes of costumed maniacs (ie. the Joker and other members of the rogue's gallery).

So as usual Bruce Wayne's parents are killed in a mugging. Bruce is eight at the time. He graduates from high school, and eventually Princeton. He's going to law school but disappears in half way through the second year leaving his inhertiance, Alfred and his best friend Harvey Dent behind. He reappeasr seven years later and refuses to talk about what happened. Batman begins operating about a year after Bruce Wayne's reappearance. He's currently one of the richest men in the world, his only rivals are foreign princes, a monobranded middle aged Briton, and Lex Luthor.

During Wayne's seven years away Harvey Dent had become Gotham's DA and the mob has really managed to get a strangle hold on the city. Once Wayne reappears Batman sightings start to crop up, fuzzy video show a black shape, and the occasional odd look boomerang are found. In essence the seven years away make up Batman's training and whatever other stuff I feel like including such as Ras al'Ghul.

Robin
Dick Grayson was an up an coming action movie star. Gotham's hero, the local boy that founds incredible success. At the age of 21 he'd already headlined two moderately successful features and was set to star in biggest blockbuster of the year. That is until Gotham's mob though Dick owed them something for his success, being from Gotham City and all. So they arranged a car accident to make a point, an accident that killed both of Dick's parents outside of Los Angeles restaurant. His movie scrapped, likely due to more mob tampering, Dick returned to Gotham and started making inquiries; using his money to hire investigators to find the people responsible Dick got more and more information. He even managed to beat a few thugs up using his martial arts skills. Unfortunately, Dick was getting too close, so the mob sent a hit squad after him. Batman save the young man, the two teamed up and Dick Grayson became Robin, assembling his costume from bits and pieces of wardrobe from his recently scrapped movie.

Dick Grayson was given a job in media relations with Wayne Enterprises, and currently resides with Bruce Wayne at the palatial Wayne Manor. Current rumours in the tabloids suggest the thirty-five year old Wayne in a relationship with the much younger Grayson (the implication is similar to how everybody that mattered knew Rock Hudson was gay, but he still showed up at events with women). Neither do anything to particularly dissaude this notion, Batman is too driven to care and it gives him a better cover and Dick is so used to tabloid rumours that it doesn't bother him.

Flash
The Flash is Barry Allen, member of Keystone City's forensics team. Barry has a master's degree in forensic sciences that he got on a scholar ship to Keystone University. However, in his last year he was injured during a one hundred metre sprint he was about to win; due to the injury Barry walks with a cane. During the lead up to the campaign Barry undergoes an experimental biochemical rejuvination process at the behest of his uncle Jay Garrick. The process repairs Barry's leg, and gives him the powers we're all familiar with. Garrick has also designed a suit that makes sure that Barry wont kill himself with own powers (make him immune to friction type stuff).

Jay Garrick did create a suit in the 70s that allowed is wearer to move with astonishing speed. He briefly wore it to stop a criminal enterprise that was after his expermental work. The suit was bright red with yellow accents.

Green Arrow (rev 1.1)
Oliver Queen: wealthy, good looking, and blessed with a sharp intellect. What more could you ask for? Well, you could ask not to be dealing with a bloody-minded-uncomprimising-liberal-hippy-granola-eater. He's not so bad now, but when Oliver Queen inherited his parents company, Queen Manufacturing, he was into every evrivonmental and social movement that could be considered "liberal". Ollie wanted to save the whales, support PETA, make sure gays could marry, stop the nukes, increase funding to the poor, give prisoners more human rights, he was a strick vegan, and the list went on. That started to change when he was ninteen and attending a new age school in southern California. His parents died in a plan crash while on a business trip to Japan looking to expanding their electrical generation company, or as it would be called now "green energy".

Oliver proved to be a savvy executive and grew the small start up into a national player with advances in electric cars, battery storage capacities, and even superconductors. His motto, do right by the Earth. By the time he'd graduated from Berkley Ollie was a millionaire playboy, by the age of thirty he'd quadrupled the size of his parents manufacturing base, and his own net worth, and the company was well on the way to developing viable cold fusion technology. That all changed while yatching around the world his boat floundered in a storm in the south pacific and he washed up on a deserted island, the rest of his crew had died in the storm or drowned.

For three years he survived on that island alone until he was finally found by a Wayne Enterprises container ship. Returned to civilization Ollie found that Queen Manufacturing had been bought out by Lex Luthor's LexCorp. Luthor wanted the patents, specifically those related to superconductors and battery improvements. Luthor fired the the entire staff, sold most of the assests, and took the power technology that had been developed; he used to it to more or less complete a man portable coil gun program, along with kick start an energy weapon's program.

Ollie took what little of his personal wealth he had left and started again with Queen Industries, with significant investment (somewhere in the neighbourhood of 40%) from Wayne Enterprises to help things along. Since founding Queen Industries Ollie has taken the lessons learned during his ship wreck and applied them to life. Of the things he learned, two have stuck with him through the ordeal, one was was the equation of survival, the other was bow hunting. Oliver found that he had to compromise some of his ideals, like eating meat, when push came to shove. Oliver is still an idealist, but he's developed a pragmatic streak as well; sometimes its just easier to do something himself to stop a wrong then try to change the world. Thus the vigilante Green Arrow was born, out to stop those that prey on the weak and helpless, whether its an abusive spouse, criminal gangs, corrupt politicians, or completely legal but unethical corporations the the Green Arrow ha them his sights.
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Re: Modern DC Setting

Post by Damren » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:38 pm

For the mapping stuff, you might consider trying to find a copy of Mayfair Games Atlas of the DC Universe. It has mapped locations for the major DC Cities & throws in the real ones as well. It has two fold-out maps in which the world map shows a few of the underwater city locations, Gorilla City, etc. It also has brief sections about other dimensions, the 30th century worlds of the Legion and a number of city/town mini-maps.

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Re: Modern DC Setting

Post by Beleriphon » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:12 pm

Villains


Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor is vicious, amoral and completely without any scruples. Luthor possess a certain honour, in so far as he's willing to oblige a legal contract largely because they invariably favor him. A native son of Metropolis Luthor grew up in the poorest areas of the city. The target of an abusive father, and indifferent mother he finally fled from his family at the age of fifteen. He managed to find employment in a variety of electronic manufacturing plants around the city, usually by lying about his age. His natural aptitude for science and invention, not to mention a seemingly inherent understanding of Machiavelli (his detractors have suggested that Luthor invented a time machine and taught Machiavelli a thing or two), led him to secure funding for his own startup.

Since forming LexCorp Luthor rapidly expanded his pool of patents by either buying other companies with his ever expanding personal wealth, hostile takeovers or outright bribery and corporate espionage. LexCorp is currently the leading designer and manufacturer of weapons in the world, as well as one of the largest biotech companies in the United States. Wayne Enterprise medical division is one of its rivals in biotech, the difference is that LexCorp seeks to make a profit off of sickness (more profit in treatments than cures) while Wayne Enterprises seeks to advance medical knowledge for the benefit of all regardless of wealth and often charges minimal fees to license its patents (sometimes as low as a penny depending on the licensee).

LexCorp also puruses patent infringement cases (think the current bout of Apple vs Samsung, only run by Lex Luthor) against anything they think they can win against. Thas has crippled a number of smaller startups, only to have Luthor buy the company after he's bankrupted them due to legal fees.

Luthor justifies all of this since he's the smartest man on Earth (likely true) and really is leading humanity to a more advanced future. Its not wrong to want to make some money while he's at it, right?

Arthur Cobblepot III aka The Penguin

Arthur Cobblepot III is the scion of a dead family. He has none of the wealth or grace of his ancestors, he has no siblings and his parents have been dead for nearly three decades. At the age of fifty Cobblepot likes to present himself as the height monied power. In actual fact Cobblepot is crass and has a terrible sense of humour, he has no refined tastes beyond liking things that are expensive. His pretentions include wearing a top hat and tails as well claiming an ivy league education. Cobblepot never actually graduated high school but possesses a natural affinity for math and accounting. Its possible that Cobblepot may suffer from some manner of Asperger's Syndrome.

Combined with his hawkish features, barking laughter, and stature Cobblepot has picked up the derisive nickname The Penguin amongst most people that know him. Cobblepot despises his nom de plume and it has driven him to blind rage on more than one occassion when somebody mocks him using it, this ends badly for those thinking Arthur Cobblepot can be mocked.

Cobblepot runs the Iceberg Lounge, an upscale nigthclub that caters to the wealthy Gothamites. From the nightclub he has an array of side activies, none of which are outright illegal. These activities range from taking a cut of drug dealers profits for providing them private rooms (which when rented Cobblepot claims he had no idea what was going on in them), providing illicit connections for people (for example hitmen for wealthy sorts wanting to become a widow/widower) and even no questions asked highly secure storage for anybody with the cash to pay him. All of this is designed to give plausible deniability if any of his clients draw unwanted attention, it also gives Cobblepot a shocking level of leverage over the criminal underworld in Gotham given what he knows.

Cobblepot owns and operates a series of pawn shops and second hand stores throughout Gotham named after birds. These provide him a legitimate source of incoming for the residents of Gotham as well as operating a money laundering scheme for members of Gotham's criminal sydicates.
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Re: Modern DC Setting

Post by Libra » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:46 am

You've made a fine start here Beleriphon - please keep the good work coming! :D

I would, however suggest that a good part of the five years Batman is said to have been operating in Gotham (say the first two or so?) were spent setting up the shadowy infrastructure the Dark Knight needed to operate, as well as learning the ins-and-outs of Gotham, rather than In Action during a full-blown War on Crime.
Also, while I infer that you intend Bruce to have used his costume from the first, might I suggest that he only acquired (or created) his costumed identity AFTER Superman went public? (I suggest this partially because it makes more sense for Batman to remain an Urban Myth in Gotham for five whole years if he hasn't been wearing a costume for much of that time.

I'm also rather partial to the idea that Batman modelled a fair bit of his costume design on that of Superman, for the very good and simple reason that the innocents can be reassured that this is a Superhero, rather than Dracula's slightly meaner grandson and so that villains will still get the point that this is NOT someone to fool around with, just like the Man of Steel)
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Re: Modern DC Setting

Post by Beleriphon » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:17 pm

Libra wrote:You've made a fine start here Beleriphon - please keep the good work coming! :D

I would, however suggest that a good part of the five years Batman is said to have been operating in Gotham (say the first two or so?) were spent setting up the shadowy infrastructure the Dark Knight needed to operate, as well as learning the ins-and-outs of Gotham, rather than In Action during a full-blown War on Crime.
I'm really treating it as beating up drug dealers, stopping what he can where he can rather than waging his War on Crime. Its a learning curve for the first year so. Think Batman Begins but stretched out over about year and half or two years. Much of this is investigation rather than going and beating heads. Thus the urban legend part, he really only gets into a major scuffle once or twice a month, and has only managed a major take down of crime twice in five years. That doesn't stop him from beating up muggers and the like as he finds them. His first major forays were against the drug dealers and suppliers.

The primary focus for Batman is organized crime, the Italians, the Russians, corrput cops and politicions or whatever have you. I'm looking at these guys the way Grand Theft Auto does, they are major players in the city but Batman has for the most part been fighting guys like Niko Bellic. They're dangerous but they're still thugs.

Green Arrow on the other hand is the guy that one day woke up and started to fight for justice without any previous impetus.
Also, while I infer that you intend Bruce to have used his costume from the first, might I suggest that he only acquired (or created) his costumed identity AFTER Superman went public? (I suggest this partially because it makes more sense for Batman to remain an Urban Myth in Gotham for five whole years if he hasn't been wearing a costume for much of that time.
I'm aiming to go with his costume be one that is assembled, and at some level borrowed from Wayne Enterprises or other sources as he finds them. It takes him nearly a year to kit himself out completely with most of his gadgets. So, the costume is really body armour that Bruce has modified to suit his nighttime adventures rather than something intentionally to draw attention to himself (like Superman).

My thoughts were that Burce started out wearing off the shelf body armour (Type IIIA stuff) along with some ballistic masks (think like this http://www.bluedefense.com/ballistic-face-masks/). You can start to see where that might turn into Batman's cowl has Bruce realizes he can't really talk wearing it. As he goes along he also notices he need something to break falls when he jumps of a building, turns to base jumping gear but figures its too bulky and not reusable enough most of the time and eventually develops the cape.

I guess Bruce's progression is him buying and using commercially available protective gear, finding it didn't work for what he needed (light weight, high protection) amd taking what Wayne Enterprises had developed as far as materials go and just assembling his own suit, helmets and gear. I'd even go so far as to suggest that his original impetus for the Batcave is he need space for manufacturing and assembly factilities. I'd even say the Batmobile is completely custom assembled by Batman, the only stock parts might be the frame and some of the interior. The rest is assembled in the Batcave using CNC machines found in Wayne's garage (if Jay Leno can customer machine car parts then so can Bruce Wayne).
I'm also rather partial to the idea that Batman modelled a fair bit of his costume design on that of Superman, for the very good and simple reason that the innocents can be reassured that this is a Superhero, rather than Dracula's slightly meaner grandson and so that villains will still get the point that this is NOT someone to fool around with, just like the Man of Steel)
I'm not sure about modelled on, but the two do share more in common that either would want to admit. Both costumes are meant to make a statementl; Superman's costume makes a statement about being a big bright symbol of hope to the people he wants to see him (the average person) while Batman's statement is about scaring the ever living daylights out of the people he wants to seen by (cirminals). I think Superman's costume yells "I'm going to help you and inspire to you greatness!". Batman's costume whispers in the dark "If you make a noise I'll break your jaw".

I'm fond of the idea that both Batman and Superman devoloped similar costume style via concurrent evolution. Superman's costume is derived largely from Kryptonian symbols and colours (as per the spaceship thing he arrived in) while Batman's is meant to give him the tools needed to fight crime and not get killed.

As for your commentary Libra its always welcome, as are your ideas and feedback.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Luthor and Penguin added)

Post by Beleriphon » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:27 pm

Aquaman

Arthur J. Curry is Aquaman. His origins are as dark asthe deepest ocean trench, and his moods as can change as quickly as the seas. Nobody is entirely clear as to what Aquaman truly is, or where he comes from, but it is clear that he'll brook no harm to the oceans of the world. The only clear clue to Aquaman's history is that he shares a name of a retired fishing boat captain from Milbridge, Maine. Perhaps this was the man that raised an orphaned child or perhaps he was true Aquaman's father, but speak ill of Arthur J. Curry of Milbridge ME and you'll earn the wrath of Aquaman.

Aquaman is biologically half human, and half something else. Possessed of great strength and the ability to survive underwater indefinitely he has been referred to in the press as the King of the Seas. Aquaman hasn't specifically commented on the title, but he seems to enjoy the attention.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Now with more Aquaman)

Post by Libra » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:25 pm

He IS a rather outrageous character at times, isn't he? :wink:
As for your commentary Libra its always welcome, as are your ideas and feedback.
You make a number of fair points Beleriphon - although I would suggest that there's perhaps more to the message projected to Batman's costume than "I will make you very, very sorry Forever"; I've always loved and agreed with the scene in The New Frontier where Batman says that he set out to scare criminals, not children (hence my idea that he borrows elements from Superman's costume - what other superhero could reassure the good guys just as much as he petrifies the average villain more than the Man of Steel?*).
*Now that I think on it, Wonder Woman probably tops that list - or should - behind Big Blue alone, because Wonder Woman is an Amazon and Superman is the Big Blue Boyscout, but the point remains since Batman can't pull off the warrior princess look quite as well as Diana does. :wink:

Or, y'know, Captain Marvel but he's a story for another day!
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Re: Modern DC Setting (Now with more Aquaman)

Post by Beleriphon » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:02 pm

Libra wrote: You make a number of fair points Beleriphon - although I would suggest that there's perhaps more to the message projected to Batman's costume than "I will make you very, very sorry Forever"; I've always loved and agreed with the scene in The New Frontier where Batman says that he set out to scare criminals, not children (hence my idea that he borrows elements from Superman's costume - what other superhero could reassure the good guys just as much as he petrifies the average villain more than the Man of Steel?*).
Which why I think the look should be more the grey/black from the 70s rather than the the modern all black. I'd personally leave out the yellow ellipse, but the two tone look is more friendly, at least a little at any rate. It also has the benefit of actually blending into shadows better than all black does.
*Now that I think on it, Wonder Woman probably tops that list - or should - behind Big Blue alone, because Wonder Woman is an Amazon and Superman is the Big Blue Boyscout, but the point remains since Batman can't pull off the warrior princess look quite as well as Diana does. :wink:

Or, y'know, Captain Marvel but he's a story for another day!
I don't know, Batman is the master of disguise ;)

As for Billy Batson, I have some ideas about him coming up soon.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Now with more Aquaman)

Post by Beleriphon » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:15 pm

Captain Marvel

Catpain Marvel looks very much like Billy Batson, but in a brotherly similarity rather than an adult version of Billy. Rather than his usual profession of a radio announcer Billy is employed by a local news station running their website, he's still an orphan and hasn't discovered yet if he has any other family.

His heroics have been ongoing for less than a year having only recently been contacted by the wizard Shazam. At first Billy refused to believe the old man, but after Shazam's insistence (and some magical adventures) Billy relented and accepted the mantle of The Champion.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Cap Marvel, Aquaman)

Post by Beleriphon » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:57 am

Black Adam

Three thousand years ago Teth-Adam was granted the power to be The Champion by the wizard Shazam. In the ancient kingdom of Khandaq Black Adam ruled through strength of arms and protected the world in turn from powers that would threaten its stability. Unlike the current champion Black Adam acts as he does not for the benefit of mankind, or even because he wants to do good. He acts as he does because he's expected to do so, and in turn expects people to offer him tribute and adulation in return.

Black Adam fights Captain Marvel because he is a usurper. Black Adam sees himself as the true Champion, and nobody can take that title away from him. Even after three thousand years he still possess all of is might.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Cap Marvel, Aquaman)

Post by Libra » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:23 pm

Keep up the good work Beleriphon!

(p.s: One question if I may - what are the most prominent influences on this Universe in terms of tone and aesthetic?*).
*By which I mean pre- or post-New 52? The Brave and the Bold or The Dark Knight? Justice League Unlimited or Young Justice?
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Re: Modern DC Setting (Cap Marvel, Aquaman)

Post by Beleriphon » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:16 pm

Libra wrote:Keep up the good work Beleriphon!

(p.s: One question if I may - what are the most prominent influences on this Universe in terms of tone and aesthetic?*).
*By which I mean pre- or post-New 52? The Brave and the Bold or The Dark Knight? Justice League Unlimited or Young Justice?
I'd say a combination of the JLU and Chris Nolan's Batman. I haven't caught Young Justice so I can't say on that. I like Batman B&B its silly fun but its just a bit too silly for my takes here. My primary question is what would make a person actually behave do in the comics (assuming they aren't completely bonkers to begin with)? Batman has his history and his motivations established over 70 years of publishing so I ask how does that translate into a character if they had been created whole cloth yesterday.

For comics I'd say mostly pre-New 52 since I haven't bothered reading anything since the reboot, and its been a long time before that. Excepting a few ones offs or minis I picked up about five years ago.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Cap Marvel, Aquaman)

Post by Beleriphon » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:06 pm

Locations

Gotham City

Located on the north side of Delware Bay thie city of Gotham is one of dark contrasts. Bruce Wayne, one of the world's wealthiest individuals, lives there and provides much of the cities desparately needed emplopyment but the city also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States; it also has one of the highest crime rates in the US as well. The city is built across four large islands and the mainland with several smaller islands considered part of the city although they are privately owned.

Gotham's architecure is a combination of Gothic styled buildings and art deco. The eclectic style was dubbed by architects Bruce Tini and Paul Dimm ( ;) *) "dark deco" the description has stuck. Building, even skyscrapers, are known for their dark stone edifaces, often excessive use of gargoyles, and being building extremely close together. Very little of the city is new construction and many of the buildings in the city aren't newer than the 1920s, those are tend to be notable exceptions. Goth has almost no suburbs to speak of much of that owing to the fact that little of the land outside of the city core is suitable to build on (being marsh and swamp, as well as a distinct lack of anybody willing to actually buy a house outside of the city. The city is full of alleys and ratways, many of which connect to Gotham's extensive and extremely old sewer system.

Gotham's organized crime is currently controlled by the Falcone family, headed by the aging Carmine Falcone. The family is into everything, drugs, illegal gambling, legal gambling, running numbers, protection rackets, the works. If its illegal and there is profit in it Carmine Falcone's fingers prints are somewhere on it. The trouble for the honest cops is that Carmine Falcone is notorious for not leaving literal finger prints on anything, making it difficult to trace any actual criminal enterprises back to him. He's scrupulous about keeping his legitimate business fronts (one of which is a casino, used primarily for money laundering) honest in terms of book keeping and paying taxes. The fact that the Falcone's legitimate businesses make some profit helps to hide their obvious wealth.

Gotham has a large and well connected, albiet poorly patrolled, public transportation system. Consisting of a subway system and bus system Gothamites can easily reach most part of the city with an hour's travel time. Those that choose to travel by public transportation generally do so in groups if possible. Police presense is minimal on the subways, and most bus drivers are unwilling to interfere with anything short of attempted murder on their buses.

Business in Gotham City is dominated by Wayne Enterprises. As one of the largest conglomerates in the world, rivalling the Japanese conglomerate Hashimoto**, Wayne Enterprises is headquarted in Gotham and keeps its applied sciences research division there as well. The company employs nearly 25,000 of Gotham's six million citizens in a variety of roles and facilities throughout the city. Half of those employed work directly in Wayne Enterprises towering skyscraper located in the heart of Gotham's downtown district. At one-hundred ten stories the ultra-modern Wayne Enterprises building, with its massive W symbol, is visible for miles around the city and the dominant feature in Gotham's skyline.
Footnotes wrote:*Eh, eh?
**Hashimoto is just a stand-in for Mitsubishi, and a common Japanese family name as well. That might be relevent once I post stats for Batman, but only to the sharp eyed.

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Re: Modern DC Setting (Gotham City)

Post by Libra » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:21 pm

That's a very solid take on Gotham City Beleriphon; will you be giving the other Cities of Adventure across the United States of Detective Comics a write-up?

By the way, thank you for answering my earlier query. :D
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