How long would it take Superman to clean up Gotham?

#1 Posted by HughJass (375 posts) - - Show Bio

#2 Posted by HughJass (375 posts) - - Show Bio

Choose the most accurate answer.

#3 Posted by HolySerpent (12822 posts) - - Show Bio

He really cant really clean up Gotham. No matter how fast you put them in jail. Guys like the joker can break out anytime they want. But Gotham diffently would be safer

#4 Posted by azza04 (1492 posts) - - Show Bio

Not an easy one to answer, but yeah, Gotham would deffinetly be a safer place with the Man of Steel around.

#5 Posted by BlackArmor (6138 posts) - - Show Bio

The normal boring criminals would be off the strret in the day but Batman's most intelligent Rouges would give the man of steel at least a week of headaches. It would be cool to see Arkham with alien tech though

#6 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

The problem with Gotham isn't the crime, it's the people. They're scared into corruption, the victims then in turn victimize other people. Superman can't fix that in a year.

#7 Posted by nightwing91 (3877 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't see Superman cleaning it up, sure he could get rid of the flashier super criminals for a while. But Gotham is such a thriving economy for crime, that power vacuum would quickly fill. Sure the gangs may not directly war in the streets but it would still be there.

Now if you don't believe it, just check the thread for an rough estimate of organized crime in Gotham.

#8 Posted by HolySerpent (12822 posts) - - Show Bio

Nightwing91 got a point, but the streets would be much safer

#9 Posted by PowerHerc (85336 posts) - - Show Bio

About one week.

#10 Posted by Shamelesslysupportinaznballers (553 posts) - - Show Bio

Real world logic if there was indeed a Superman, a week to a month.

Comic Book Logic, never.

#11 Posted by HughJass (375 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Posted by Primmaster64 (21073 posts) - - Show Bio
@HughJass: LOL I love that video!
#13 Posted by Dracade102 (8126 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably about a week, depending on which cleaning supplies he uses and if anyone gets in his way...

#14 Posted by ThanosIsMad (2216 posts) - - Show Bio

As fast as he cleans up Metropolis.

#15 Posted by Gambit1024 (9843 posts) - - Show Bio

The streets wouldn't take long at all to clean. It's the inmates in that damn asylum that's the variable. After Supes cleans out the scum on the street in an hour or so, he should make it his first priority to secure the asylum to prevent any of the inmates from escaping. Get that Kryptonian technology to work!

#16 Posted by RedK (2521 posts) - - Show Bio

he is the hero Gotham deserve but not the one it needs

#17 Posted by The Stegman (26067 posts) - - Show Bio

about 20 minutes

#18 Posted by K1NG_D1P9Y (12 posts) - - Show Bio

A day ... MAXIMUM !!

#19 Posted by Obtrusive (1656 posts) - - Show Bio

problem is word has to spread around and permeate through the scum, and he would have to stay there permanently, since no one there can be trusted.

#20 Edited by ombla2 (103 posts) - - Show Bio

it woult take probably as long as batman if not longer because batman villains arent't like his own villains they don't go on the street and start smashing things(besides Luthor) most of batman villains work from the shadows and you need evidence to bring them down

#21 Posted by superbatprime (130 posts) - - Show Bio

Aside from the fact that he actually dislikes being in Gotham for any considerable time (by his own admission) he could physically fly around and collar every single criminal on the street in seconds sure... BUT!

Gothams problem is deeper than that, it's a psychological problem... he'd have to stay in Gotham every second of every day and he still couldn't cure it's "sickness".

Gotham as a city, as an entity is cursed (some would say literally), it's a deep ingrained darkness that people like Joker and Harvey Dent and all the rest are merely manifestations of.

Gotham is insane and Superman ain't no shrink.

It takes somebody who understands this intangible darkness that permeates the city to fight it, somebody who understands the city, who has seen first hand how Gotham can rip away your soul and devour everything you hold dear.

Gothams problems are not some muggers, a few pimps, not even super criminals... Gothams problem... is Gotham itself.

No amount of superspeed or heat vision is going to help.

#22 Posted by HBKTimHBK (5306 posts) - - Show Bio

Can Superman have morals off?

#23 Posted by mewmdude77 (960 posts) - - Show Bio

No one can clean up Gotham permantely. No hero can permantently clean up their city, the villians always come back, you can't stop them!

#24 Posted by desmond006 (598 posts) - - Show Bio

to much detective work for superman. He couldnt handle dealing with real killer psychos as compared to his regular villians, bizarro and metallo

#25 Posted by superbatprime (130 posts) - - Show Bio

I recently reread No Mans Land... it pretty much answers this question.

All the superpowers in the world can't fix what's wrong with Gotham.

#26 Posted by Telcalipoca (963 posts) - - Show Bio

he cant clean his own city where things are done in the open he cant fair better with places where its done in secret and sometimes without tons of evidence even if they are caught nothing happens to them.supes has a city with clean people in the law with a few crooked individuals turn it around with gotham.

#27 Posted by Slaze (35 posts) - - Show Bio

Besides, how long would it be until Gotham's super villains got hold of some Kryptonite...

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