Many fictional works, whether movies, TV, video games, or literature, use real cities, locations, and buildings, in order to instill more realism or to make them more relatable. When playing a video game set in New York City (such as True Crime: New York) you feel like you know where you are because you’ve been there. There are many fictional works, however, that create their own fictional worlds, cities, and buildings. When you are a fan of one of these fictional works, you remember these fictional places like they were real. That is when an author has created a ‘real’ place from nothing. You know the layout. You know its history. Essentially, to you, it’s real. Here are some of the coolest and most iconic fictional skyscrapers, in no particular order.
This skyscraper is known for the greatest action movie of all time taking place within its walls: Die Hard. During a Christmas party hostage situation, John McClaine maneuvers his way up this skyscraper and through its vents and stairwells to reach the villainous mastermind known as Hans Gruber and “diffuse” the situation. This movie is one of the best of all time and pretty much all takes place within this now iconic fictional skyscraper. In real life, it is a 35-story skyscraper known as Fox Plaza in Los Angeles. However, it is probably better known for its appearance in Die Hard, and it will forever be immortalized in film as Nakatomi Plaza.
Located at 58th and Broadway, near Columbus Circle, this 93-story fictional skyscraper has appeared in numerous Marvel comics, as well as many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Located in Manhattan, it is the headquarters of the superhero team the Avengers. It has also made appearances in many video games based off of the Avengers as well as several animated series. It is probably the most iconic structure across all of Marvel. It is located about ten blocks from the Baxter Building, the headquarters of the Fantastic Four.
Owned by Wayne Industries, Wayne Tower is one of the most well known and iconic skyscrapers of DC Comics. Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter-ego, is the chairman and owner of Wayne Industries. He uses its technology to help his crusade against crime whenever necessary. Wayne Tower has appeared across countless comics, movies, video games, and animated series, and will continue to appear as long as Batman is DC’s biggest cash cow (not a bad thing). It is the tallest building in Old Gotham City (pre earthquake) at over 1,000 feet tall, built as a symbol to welcome all those who entered Gotham. It has an observation deck, penthouse suite, and an underground research and development lab. It has 12 gargoyles across the top to “guard” each entrance into Gotham City.
The Citadel is the headquarters of the Combine in City 17 in a video game which is considered to be one best of all time: Half-Life 2. It stands an incredible 2.5 kilometers or 1.5 miles tall. To put that in perspective, that’s about THREE TIMES the height of the current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. You play through much of this behemoth in Half-Life 2, in some of the most entertaining levels of the game (mostly due to the amped up gravity gun).
There are many other iconic fictional skyscrapers from books, movies, TV, and video games. These were but a few of them. What would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below.
Barak Bacharach, SkySaver Content Manager