'Joker' Gotham City Map Honors Marshall Rogers and Steve Englehart's Batman Stories

The first look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker came with very few details about the film itself, but a leaked Gotham City subway map highlights director Todd Phillips' attention to detail. The image, captured from set video, teases dozens of Easter eggs.

The most obvious is Kane County, a nod to Batman co-creator Bob Kane. Closeby is Adam's Drive, probably a reference to Batman actor Adam West. Starlin Avenue likely refers to comic book artist/writer Jim Starlin, known at Marvel for Captain Marvel and Infinity Gauntlet (and characters such as Shang-Chi and Adam Warlock), and at DC for Darkseid and the four-part Batman story (#426-429) from 1988, "A Death in the Family." It's no coincidence Englehart Boulevard is closeby. Starlin and Englehart, known for their psychedelic adventures in and out of comics, co-created Shang Chi and wrote Master of Kung Fu together.

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A subway map from 'Joker' set video. Twitter / WB

The Rogers neighborhood pays respects to the late Marshall Rogers, known for his spectacular run on Detective Comics (469-479) with Englehart. Those were some damn good Batman and Joker stories: "The Laughing Fish" and "Sign of the Joker" were adapted into the 46th episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The Otisburg section is nod to Lex Luthor's henchmen, Otis, from Superman: The Movie. The Snyder district could be one of two names: Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, or Scott Snyder, DC Comics writer known for his work on Batman and the Vertigo imprint.

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Amusement Mile is classically home to The Joker's lair. Burnside is a borough of Gotham City (Batgirl fans should be familiar.) Sheldon Park could be a reference to two DC vets, Sheldon Mayer or Sheldon Moldoff. The former is a member of Jack Kirby's Hall of Fame and the latter is known for creating Batman villains Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, as well as Batgirl and Batwoman.

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"Shadow of the Batman" collects Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers' "Detective Comics" #469-479. DC

Chiarello Drive is a reference to DC Comics editors Mark Chiarello, known for pairing Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee for Batman: Hush in 2002. The former is now the head of Marvel Television and the latter chief creative officer of DC Entertainment. Nolan Lane, perhaps the most obvious reference, is a call to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Meredith Lane could be a call to Burgess Meredith, the actor who played Penguin in the 1960's live-action Batman series.

Those are all the references we could spot, but there's definitely more. See anything? Let us know in the comments.

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