Arkham Asylum

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Arkham Asylum in Batman Eternal v1 #16.

Arkham Asylum is a prison that features in DC Comics.

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History

Origin

Inmates in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell v1 #1.

The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane was a mental asylum and prison that existed in Gotham City.

Modern

Post-Flashpoint

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

The Victim Syndicate struck at the Asylum where they took the 130 staffers hostage with them demanding that Batman meet them and reveal his identity to the world. (Detective Comics v1 #971)

Overview

The East Wing of the Asylum was designed by Mister Miracle with the express purpose of holding the Joker and keeping Harley Quinn from breaking him out. It had only a single key to enter the section making it a highly secured part of the building. (Batman v3 #17)

Inhabitants

Staff

The Asylum in Detective Comics v1 #995.
  • Amadeus Arkham :
  • Jeremiah Arkham :
  • Alyce Sinner :
  • Anne Carver :
  • Charles Nigaff :
  • Aaron Cash :

Patients

  • Joker :
  • Two-Face :
  • Riddler :
  • Poison Ivy :
  • Scarecrow :
  • Bane :
  • Victor Zsasz :
  • Jane Doe :
  • Millie Jane Cobblepot :

Notes

  • Arkham Asylum was created by Dennis O'Neil and Irv Novick where it made its first appearance in Batman v1 #258 (October, 1974).

Alternate Versions

  • In Batman: Curse of the White Knight v1 (2019), an alternate version of Arkham Asylum was introduced into the setting. Originally, it was Arkham Manor that belonged to Lafayette Arkham who was a general in the British army that controlled the Gotham Valley in the 1600's. He came to be regarded as a vampire and became the source of a children's poem with him being killed by Edmond Wayne. Afterwards, the estate became Fort Arkham and eventually was converted into Arkham Asylum by the modern age.

In other media

Television

  • In the Gotham, Arkham Asylum appeared in the live-action television series where it was shown to be part of the Arkham District within Gotham City. It was said to had been closed down 15 years ago with the Wayne family sponsoring the redevelopment of the site to help the unfortunate. After their death, Mayor Aubrey James planed to improve upon the district using the Arkham Plan created by Thomas Wayne. It was usurped by the crime families of Gotham with both Carmine Falcone and Sal Morani fighting to take control of it. Hostilities would erupt when key councilmen being murdered by the opposing family through a hired hitman who killed councilman Zeller that was allied with Maroni and Council Ron Jenkins allied with Falcone. Jenkins was burnt alive by the hitman within Arkham Asylum leading tot he involvement of the Gotham City Police Department to catch the murderer. Afterwards, Mayor James held a press conference regarding the Arkham Plan stating that Falcone would handle the small housing developments in the Arkham District whilst Maroni refurbished the Asylum itself to make it operational.
  • In the Arrowverse, Arkham Asylum made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
    • In Arrow, Arkham Asylum made its first appearance in the live-action television series where it appeared during the "Elseworlds" cross over.
    • In Supergirl, Arkham Asylum appeared in the live-action television series during the third part of the "Elseworlds" cross over.

Films

  • In Batman: Assault on Arkham, Arkham Asylum featured in the animated film. Amanda Waller dispatched the Suicide Squad to the Asylum in order to recover a thumb drive in the Riddler's cane containing Task Force X files that needed to be recovered.
  • In Suicide Squad, Arkham Asylum was shown in the DC Extended universe in the live-action film. It was shown in flash back sequences where the Joker was locked away inside and visited by psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel.
  • In Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, Arkham Asylum made an appearance in the direct to video animated film. An Arkham Division (ARK) was shown to exist in the Gotham police with officers stationed as security for Arkham Asylum. The Penguin and Mr. Freeze broke into the Asylum where they freed Bane, Killer Croc, Chemo and Clayface.
  • In Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, Arkham Asylum appeared in the setting of the 2019 animated film. When Starboy was trapped in the present, his medication was destroyed and it was not invented in this era thus causing him to fall into mental instability due to his condition. This caused him to lash out with his powers leading to Batman arresting him and having him place in Arkham Asylum as he was not aware of Thom Kallor's background.
  • In Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arkham Asylum appeared in the setting of the 2019 animated film adaptation of the comic crossover. Ra's al Ghul and the Shredder murdered the staff as they broke into the Asylum in order to meet the captive Joker so that they could acquire the formula for his Joker Venom. In exchange, he was given a sample of Mutagen which he released into the prison thus turning the in-mates into animal mutations. The Turtles, Batman and his allies entered into the Asylum in pursuit of Ra's as well as Shredder but instead had to battle the mutated in-mates.

Video games

  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the location served as the primary setting within the video game. A viral website that released with the game identified ArkhamCare that was the public face of the institution that offered a range of services for the care of patients.
  • In Batman: The Telltale Series, Arkham Asylum was mentioned in the 2016 video game. Mrs. Cobblepot had supposedly been falsely committed to the institution by Thomas Wayne who had sent other innocents into the Asylum. Harvey Dent desired to shut down the institution and replace it with a state of the art mental health care facility. Oswald Cobblepot along with a group called the Children of Arkham had formed with the intention of publically exposing Thomas Wayne's imprisonment of innocents to the public.

Appearances

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