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Metropolis Skyline, as seen in Smallville. The Daily Planet Building and Lexcorp Tower are seen as the two tallest skyscrapers. On Smallville, Vancouver, Canada, stands as Metropolis.

Metropolis is a fictional city that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is the home of Superman. Metropolis first appeared by name in Action Comics #16, in 1939. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Cities with atleast a million inhabitants in 2006 A metropolis (in Greek μήτηρ, mētēr = mother and πόλις, pólis = city/town) is a big city[1], in most cases with over half million inhabitants in the city proper, and with a population of at least one million living in its... Smallville is an American television series set in Smallville, Kansas, but produced in Vancouver, Canada. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... This list is of fictional cities: villages, towns, and cities that do not exist in the world we know. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...


Metropolis is depicted as a major american city on the country's East Coast, in proximity to New York City. Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


The co-creator and original artist of Superman, Joe Shuster, modeled the Metropolis skyline after Toronto, Ontario, where he was born and lived until he was ten.[1] Superman's home was referred to as Cleveland twice, and the original Daily Planet building was modeled on Cleveland's landmark Ohio Bell Building. Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... The Ohio Bell Building (now officially known as the AT&T Huron Road Building) is an art deco skyscraper located at 750 Huron Road in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. ...


The city is known for being one of largest and wealthiest cities on earth. It is home to the Daily Planet Newspaper and is World Headquarters to Lexcorp. The two tallest buildings in the city are the Emperor Building, and the 96 Floor Lexcorp Headquarters. The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ...


Since then, however, it has become a fictional analogue of New York City. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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Location

Metropolis as depicted in the Superman Returns video game

Like many of DC's other fictional cities, the location of Metropolis has varied greatly over the years. Metropolis, however, is usually portrayed as a major city on the East Coast of the United States. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x650, 214 KB) Summary http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x650, 214 KB) Summary http://www. ... Superman Returns is a video game loosely based on the movie of the same name, developed by Electronic Arts-Tiburon in Orlando, Fla. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...


It has been said that, metaphorically, Metropolis is New York during the day, and Gotham City (home to Batman) is New York at night. This comparison is usually attributed to Frank Miller and is helped by the fact that Batman's adventures are more often nocturnal than those of Superman; hence the "bat" symbolism. (Gotham is an old nickname for New York City, popularized by Washington Irving.) Longtime Batman writer and editor Dennis O'Neil also said figuratively that Metropolis is New York above 14th Street on a warm spring day, and that Gotham City is New York below 14th Street on a cold, rainy autumn night.[citation needed] However, New York City does exist as a separate city from Metropolis and Gotham City within the DC Comics universe; the Justice Society of America, for example, is based in New York. The Gotham skyline with the Bat-signal. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Washington Irving (April 3, 1783–November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... 14th Street looking west from Fifth Avenue 14th Street is an important east-west thoroughfare in Manhattan in New York City. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


In a fictional Superman story set in the future (the 21st century), Metropolis is the literal merging of the Northeast Corridor of cities ranging from Washington, D.C. through New York City to Boston, to form a megalopolis. Most of the NEC (those sections shown in red, except Boston to the Rhode Island state line) is owned by Amtrak. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... A megalopolis is defined as an extensive metropolitan area or a long chain of continuous metropolitan areas. ...


In the 1940s Superman cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures and Fleischer Studios, Superman is said to live in New York rather than Metropolis, due to a reference in the cartoon "Electric Earthquake." A mad scientist claims that his country is the rightful owner of Manhattan, thus placing these cartoons in New York City. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Fleischer Studios, Inc. ...


Superman creator Joe Shuster grew up in Toronto and co-creator Jerry Siegel grew up in Ohio and worked in Cleveland. Originally intending to sell the Superman strips to a local newspaper, they set the stories there as well, and when the strips were re-used for the comicbooks, they changed the location to Metropolis. Action Comics #2, however, mistakenly portrays Clark Kent as a reporter for the Cleveland Evening News, although Metropolis is based on Toronto, Ontario (see Superman co-creator has humble Canadian roots). Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked...


In a 1970s edition of "Ask the Answer Man," a column that ran occasionally in DC publications, it was stated that Metropolis and Gotham City were adjacent to New York City, across the harbor from each other. That same column stated that Star City (the home of Green Arrow) was in Connecticut, Flash's Central City was in Ohio, and Hawkman's Midway City was in Michigan. However, DC's fanzine, Amazing World of DC Comics, number 14 (March, 1977), clearly stated Metropolis was located in Delaware, while Gotham was placed in New Jersey. A role playing game DC Universe atlas guide published by Mayfair Games also claimed that Metropolis was in Delaware. Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq mi (6,452 km²)  - Width 30 miles (48 km)  - Length 100 miles (161 km)  - % water 21. ... This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... Mayfair Games is a publisher of board and roleplaying games in the United States and United Kingdom. ...


In pp.223-225 of his 1978 work, The Great Superman Book, which is an encyclopedia of the first 40 years of the Superman comics, author Michael Fleisher cites many, many examples which demonstrate that Metropolis equates to New York City. The most blatant of these might be the statement he cites from Action Comics # 143, April, 1950, which states that the Statue of Liberty stands in "Metropolis Harbor". The Statue of Liberty, in fact, stands in New York Harbor. Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), is a large statue that was presented to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River... New York Harbor, a geographic term, refers collectively to the rivers, bays, and tidal estuaries near the mouth of the Hudson River in the vicinity of New York City. ...


The 2005 comic Countdown to Infinite Crisis places Metropolis in the state of New York. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... NY redirects here. ...


In relation to Gotham City

Metropolis is frequently depicted as being within driving distance of Gotham City, home of Batman. Like Metropolis, Gotham's location has never been definitely established; however, it is usually treated as also being a major east coast city. The distance between the two cities has varied greatly over the years, ranging from being hundreds of miles apart to Gotham and Metropolis being twin cities on opposite sides of a large bay. In the Seven Soldiers of Victory series Klarion the Witch Boy, New York City is called the "Cinderella City", referring to nearby Metropolis and Gotham as its "ugly step-sisters." The film Superman Returns mentions Gotham City, as does Batman in an episode of the Justice League TV series. In Superman: The Animated Series, Clark Kent's mother Martha Kent refers to Batman as "that nut in Gotham City". The Gotham skyline with the Bat-signal. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In geography, a bay or gulf is a collection of water that is surrounded by land on three sides. ... The Seven Soldiers of Victory (also known as Laws Legionaires) is a fictional team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... Klarion the Witch Boy is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe character first seen in the pages of The Demon in 1973. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ...


The differences between Metropolis and Gotham City are almost as diverse as the differences between their respected superheroes. In contrast to the dark, gritty, and raw way Gotham City has been portrayed, Metropolis has almost always been depicted as a clean, warm, and a wealthy city.


In relation to Smallville

In the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths comics, Smallville was often shown as being within driving distance of Metropolis, though with no definitive location. Since John Byrne's revamp of Superman in 1986, however, its location has usually been cited as being in Kansas. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Smallville is the fictional hometown of Clark Kent. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


On the Smallville television series, Metropolis is located in Kansas or in a neighboring state. In an interview, the creators of Smallville have stated that Metropolis is approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Smallville. In one episode, a letter is shown with the address "Metropolis, KA," suggesting the city is located in Kansas; however, the United States postal abbreviation for Kansas is "KS", not "KA." In another episode ("Fallout"), a map is shown with "Metropolis, KS" clearly labeled; it's in the southwest quadrant of Kansas, somewhere near the real-world location of Dodge City, while Smallville on the same map (marked with a star) appears to be a couple hundred miles to the east, near real-world Wichita. The zip code for Metropolis, Kansas is given at different times as 66632 or 66624. In another episode, it is stated that the Metropolis skyline can be seen from the top of a windmill in Smallville. Another possibility for Metropolis is Kansas City, which sits on the Kansas/Missouri border. Smallville is an American television series set in Smallville, Kansas, but produced in Vancouver, Canada. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... // States Federal districts Insular areas Freely associated states Armed Forces See also Traditional U.S. state abbreviations ISO 3166-2 International standard codes for subdivisions of countries – lists similar abbreviations for many more countries Canadian province postal abbreviations Internet links Official addressing instructions and abbreviations from the USPS Categories: Lists... Kansas City satellite map The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is a metropolitan area situated at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers (Kaw Point) and straddling the state border between Missouri and Kansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis Metro[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...


In filming the series, Vancouver stands in for Metropolis, and New York City stand in for Metropolis in two episodes. Vancouver (pronounced: ) is a city located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. ...


In film and television

In 1978's Superman and its sequels, Metropolis is shown as being in (or taking the place of) New York, including depicting such New York landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. In Superman III, some Calgary, Alberta landmarks can be seen, including the Calgary Tower, as parts of the film were filmed there. One incongruity in the 1978 film is the destination of one of the two nuclear missiles hijacked by Lex Luthor: Hackensack, New Jersey. // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), is a large statue that was presented to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ... Superman III is a 1983 movie that was the third of four movies based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero produced between 1978-1987. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... The Calgary Tower is a 190 metre free standing tower in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States and the county seat of Bergen County. ...

A map of Metropolis from the 2006 film Superman Returns. Note the obvious influence from New York City (a nod to the 1978 Superman film and its sequels) with the Central Park-like Metropolis Park and the Manhattan-shaped central landmass.

That city is close enough to New York City (and, by implication, Metropolis) to threaten Luthor's bailiwick. But although Miss Teschmacher protests that her mother lives in Hackensack, no issue of their own safety is raised. One possible reasoning is that Luthor's underground lair is sufficiently deep to withstand the blast. Image File history File links Metropolis-map. ... Image File history File links Metropolis-map. ... Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres or 3. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ...


The 1950s television series Adventures of Superman is silent on the subject of the city's location, but in general, and in a departure from most other media depictions, Metropolis could be equated to Los Angeles, California. In the first episode, "Superman on Earth", there is a quick stock clip of what appears to be the New York City skyline as seen from one of the rivers around Manhattan, labeled "Metropolis". Another early episode mentions that Jimmy is a fan of the Chicago White Sox. However, nearly every exterior shot depicting Metropolis either contains landmarks readily identifiable as being in Los Angeles (such as the Los Angeles City Hall or the Griffith Observatory), or is known to have been filmed in Hollywood back lots. As the show's own credits state, the series was filmed in Hollywood. The cast of Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Los Angeles City Hall is the center of government in the city of Los Angeles, California. ... Panorama of Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory viewed from the Hollywood Hills. ...


In the 1990s television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Chicago landmarks such as the John Hancock Center, the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building are easily identifiable. A reference is made to the city having the telephone area code 219, which would place it in northwestern Indiana, near Chicago. However, several repeated references, especially early in the first season, state that Metropolis is located in the same general area as New York City. Later seasons place it in the fictional New Troy State.[citation needed] Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a live-action television series based on the Superman comic books. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Several buildings bear this name, all built by John Hancock Insurance and named after John Hancock. ... The Tribune Tower is a Gothic building located at 435 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. ... The gleaming white Wrigley Building (410 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. ... A telephone numbering plan is a system that allows subscribers to make and receive telephone calls across long distances. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ...

Metropolis in Superman Returns.

In past Superman movies, Metropolis was suggested as New York City itself. Several landmarks like the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty where seen. It should be noted that Metropolis is, if not, New York City with minor changes, only six buildings in this picture don't exist. For example 17 State Street was replaced with an older tower as seen to the right of the picture. The Daily Planet building is seen in the center, while the Lexcorp Tower never appeared in the movie. Unlike the older Superman Movies, the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, did not appear, being after 9/11. One scene showed buildings over the site, suggesting, they could have never existed. again New York City with few edits. However in the hit TV show Smallville, based on Clark Kent's early years, Metropolis is located in Kansas, about 100 miles away from Superman's hometown. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ... Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), is a large statue that was presented to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... 17 State Street, with Vietnam Veterans Memorial in foreground. ... The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ... Look up Twin Towers in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Smallville is an American television series set in Smallville, Kansas, but produced in Vancouver, Canada. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Superman Returns director Bryan Singer intended his version of Metropolis to be a stylistic cross between 1930s New York and current New York.[citation needed] The many shots of Superman flying high above the city establish that although Metropolis has a rectangular park reminiscent of Central Park, the city overall has a slightly different shape from New York[citation needed]. (Several New York City landmarks, such as Battery Park, the Woolworth Tower, and the Brooklyn Bridge, appear in the movie, as does the street grid of lower Manhattan, with a fictional bridge inserted north of Battery Park City and a fictional pier in the middle of Battery Park. The map of Metropolis shown in this article, however, tries to make the city's form as different as possible from New York City's, given the scenery shown.) Photographs of some automobiles used in filming show license plates bearing the phrase "New York State" along the bottom[1], although the featured vehicles (incliding Lois Lane's car) are shown in the film to have license plates reading "THE FIRST STATE"[2][3] Lex Luthor's map onscreen portrays the city as directly in the location of New York City. Senior production designer Guy Dyas said in The Art of Superman Returns (Chronicle Books, 2006): "We wiped out, I think, half of New Jersey to put in Metropolis." In the 2000's Cartoon Series Teen Titans( set in California), the Character Cyborg mentions that a villain escaping by car is half way to Metropolis by now. Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres or 3. ... // Introduction A license plate, number plate or registration plate (often referred to simply as a plate, or colloquially tag) is a small metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain. ...


History

The founding of Metropolis mimics that of New York City in the way that Swedish settlers bought it as a bargain from some natives on New Troy Island. The island was exchanged for a few trinkets.


Early parallels to New York

The 2000 issue "Superman: Y2K" details much of the history of Lex Luthor's family, which is bound up closely with Metropolis. In this issue, Metropolis is shown to have been founded by Pilgrims. One of Luthor's ancestors was in the colony--and another was a Native American chieftain who was poised to wipe out the colonists before they could get settled. Before the attack, however, the colony erupted in fire (presumably, a meteor crashed and/or exploded over the settlement, setting most of the buildings ablaze. "Chief Luthor" and his tribe took pity on the colonists and offered the hands of friendship.


In the late 1800s, again mirroring New York City, Metropolis is shown to have been the scene of intense ethnic riots. Still later, on the even of WWI, Lex Luthor's grandfather (or great-grandfather) is shown to own large steel mills in the city. Metropolis, like most of the major cities in the U.S., was not spared the ravages of the Great Depression. Some of the more impoverished areas of the city, such as Suicide Slum, still bear the legacy of that time.


Around 2000, the city was given a futuristic makeover by the time-traveling Brainiac 13, a villainous descendant of Superman foe Brainiac. The transformation of Metropolis was covered in greater depth by the 2003 miniseries Superman: Metropolis. The city has since reverted to its former state. Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and frequent opponent of Superman. ...


Legion-Era Metropolis

Metropolis is traditionally depicted as continuing to survive, thrive and expand well into the 30th and 31st Century timeframes used as the backdrop of the Legion of Super-Heroes in all that series' varied incarnations to date. The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team. ...


During the original incarnation of the series, Metropolis would be depicted as covering anything ranging from the entire Atlantic American coast to a more narrowed jurisdiction -- according to one map officially published during Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen's initial partnership on the series, in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 # 313(July, 1984) -- covering most of Massachusetts, all of Rhode Island and Connecticut, New York State from Long Island's eastern tip up into the Catskills, and a large portion of northern New Jersey. In one imaginary Superman tale set in the future, Metropolis is the megalopolis of the Eastern seaboard corridor, having literally merged the cities of Washington, D.C., New York and Boston and all the territory in between. Paul Levitz (born 21 October 1956) is an American comic book writer, editor and executive. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Official language(s) English Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* [1] sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Catskill State Park as seen from Overlook Mountian The Catskill Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains into New York State. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... A megalopolis is defined as an extensive metropolitan area or a long chain of continuous metropolitan areas. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Whatever version was used, it was generally viewed as given that the original city, as well as Gotham City, were considered within Legion-era Metropolis' boundaries, from the mid-1960s until the events of Zero Hour. Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ...


The post-Infinite Crisis version of the series as published in the "three-boot" edition has described Metropolis as having expanded over the intervening millennium up the "entire Atlantic seaboard" of North America in one issue (reminiscent of New York's future expansion in Asimov's The Caves of Steel and in Poul Anderson's The Corridors of Time). Further corroboration has yet to be undertaken. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team. ... Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov (c. ... The Caves of Steel is a book by Isaac Asimov. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926–July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author of the genres Golden Age. ...


Features

Over the years, Metropolis' features have greatly changed in the comics; however, Metropolis is always presented as being a world class city on the same caliber as New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. It is often referred to as The Big Apricot just as New York City is nicknamed as The Big Apple. London New York City Paris Tokyo A global city (also known as a world city or world-class city) is a city with a somewhat subjective set of traits, some of which are listed below. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


The first map of Metropolis designed for Mayfair Games' first edition of the DC Heroes Role-Playing Game resembled that of the city of Montreal. Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (in unity, prosperity) Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ...


Metropolis' features became more defined (and more obviously based on New York) following both 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries and John Byrne's subsequent revamping of Superman, including the late 1980s comic special The World of Metropolis. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ...


Districts and boroughs

Similar to New York City, Metropolis is made up of six boroughs, the largest being New Troy. Each of the boroughs has its own distinct character and feel though all resemble and mimic some part of New York. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Metropolis as depicted in the Superman Returns video game Union Station, Metropolis, concept art from the Superman Returns video game Metropolis is a fictional city that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is the home of Superman. ...


New Troy

A busy thoroughfare in Metropolis

New Troy is the largest borough in Metropolis. Resembling Manhattan, New Troy is a skyscraper island bustling with commerce and business. The concrete and steel canyons of the city rise to dizzying heights. "1930s architecture stretched like a rubber band" as said in the Art of Superman Returns book. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x517, 165 KB) Concept art of Downtown New Troy, Metropolis. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x517, 165 KB) Concept art of Downtown New Troy, Metropolis. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ...


The Daily Planet Building is the most recognizable landmark in the Metropolis skyline. Located in "Planet Square," it is particularly known for the Daily Planet globe atop the building. Other prominent skyscrapers include the Emperor Building (a reference to the Empire State Building), the Newstime Building (home of the national Newstime magazine, an obvious reference to Newsweek and Time) which is secretly owned for several years by Lord Satanus posing as "Colin Thornton", and LexCorp Tower, headquarters for Lex Luthor's company. The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... The Empire State Building in New York The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York, NY. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ... Blaze and Satanus are demonic supervillain siblings in the DC Comics Universe. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ...


Besides the Financial District, notable areas of New Troy include Chinatown, Little Bohemia (the arts capital of Metropolis), and Glenmorgan Square (one of a number of New Troy's counterparts to New York's Times Square). Times Square Broadway at 42nd St. ...


Famous streets in New Troy include Fifth Avenue, Bessolo Boulevard, and Topaz Lane. The latter two are Metropolis' versions of Broadway in New York City. Bessolo Boulevard's name is derived from Adventures of Superman lead actor George Reeves' middle name. Other Metropolis boulevards in the New Troy borough are similarly named for other actors from that series and from its radio predecessor of the same name(e.g.: Coates, Larson, Collyer, etc.). A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City. ... The cast of Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957. ... George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... Announcer Jackson Beck (left) with Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander The Adventures of Superman, adapted from the DC Comics character created in 1938 (see Superman), came to radio as a syndicated show on New York Citys WOR on February 12, 1940. ... Phyllis Coates is the stage name of an actress who appeared in various films and TV shows mostly during the 1950s. ... Jack Edward Larson (born February 8, 1928 in Los Angeles) is an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. ... Bud Collyer on Beat The Clock, 1957 Bud Collyer (b. ...

Lex Luthor stands before the Superman and Superboy memorials in Centennial Park.
Lex Luthor stands before the Superman and Superboy memorials in Centennial Park.

Centennial Park (sometimes labeled as Metropolis Park) is Metropolis' largest city park. Based on New York's Central Park, its most noteworthy feature is a statue of Superman, erected after his death fighting Doomsday. A statue of Superboy Conner Kent was built next to it after the events of Infinite Crisis. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (548x993, 113 KB)Lex Luthor stands before the memorials dedicated to Superman and Superboy. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (548x993, 113 KB)Lex Luthor stands before the memorials dedicated to Superman and Superboy. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres or 3. ... Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


Other notable places (and their NYC inspirations) include Wireless City Movie Theater (Radio City Music Hall), the Halldorf Hotel (Waldorf Astoria), Lacey's Department Store (Macy's), Stacey's Department Store, and Spiffany's Jewelry Store (Tiffany's). Radio City Music Hall at Christmas 2005 Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article is about the hotel. ... Macys is a chain of American department stores with its flagship store in Herald Square, New York City, which has been billed as the worlds largest store since completion of the Seventh Avenue addition in 1924. ... Tiffany & Co. ...


In northwestern New Troy is the impoverished and crime-infested neighborhood of Suicide Slum, best known for the 1940s adventures of the Guardian and his street urchin companions, the Newsboy Legion. Although the northwestern location is similar to the relationship of Harlem to midtown Manhattan, the neighborhood bears more physical and cultural resemblance to Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Ace o' Clubs is a bar owned by Bibbo Bibbowski in Suicide Slum. Suicide Slum is a notorious slum in the fictional city of Metropolis. ... The Guardian (Jim Harper) is a DC Comics costumed hero. ... The Newsboy Legion is the name of a kid gang in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Apollo Theater on 125th Street; the Hotel Theresa is visible in the background. ... Categories: Manhattan neighborhoods | Stub ... Bibbo Bibowski is a supporting character in Superman comics. ...


The now-married Clark Kent and Lois Lane currently live in an apartment in New Troy, at 1938 Sullivan Lane (a tribute to the year Superman first appeared); Clark Kent's traditional apartment address of 344 Clinton St., Apt. #3B, was usually described as being located in midtown Metropolis. For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... Lois Joanne Lane-Kent is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ...


Other boroughs and suburbs

New Troy is separated from the suburban boroughs by the West River and Hobb's River. Midvale is a suburb of Metropolis, more well-known as the home of Supergirl and the site of the Midvale Orphanage. Bakerline is another borough of Metropolis. Located north of New Troy, Bakerline is the home of newspaper reporter Jimmy Olsen. Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... Look up Borough in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jimmy Olsen (full name James Bartholomew Olsen) is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ...


Other boroughs and suburban areas include Queensland Park, Hell's Gate, St. Martin's Island, Park Ridge, Metrodale, and Highville. Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ...


Law and government

Mayors

At least two mayors are known to be considered part of Metropolis' history:

  • Frank Berkowitz, whose term began prior to Superman's first known public meeting with Lex Luthor as depicted in the Man of Steel mini-series by John Byrne. Berkowitz was killed by a sniper hired by Luthor years later.
  • "Buck" Sackett, elected as Berkowitz's successor, and covertly Luthor's "puppet".

Metropolis Police Department

The Metropolis Police Department possesses a special crimes unit dedicated to defending the city against superhuman menaces in case Superman is absent. The unit is headed by Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin, with both maintaining frequent contact with the Man of Steel. Another of Superman's police contacts over the years has been Inspector William Henderson, who in the current comics is the Metropolis police commissioner. Maggie Sawyer is a fictional police officer who appears in stories published by DC Comics, and has been a supporting character in both Superman and Batman comics. ... Dan Terrible Turpin is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... Inspector William Henderson is a supporting character in Superman comics published by DC Comics. ...


People and culture

The people of Metropolis are depicted as a diverse group of large city-dwellers, befitting Metropolis being (within the comics) one of the country's largest and most important cities outside of New York.


Media

Metropolis' premier newspaper is the The Daily Planet, one of the most renowned news organizations in the DC Universe. The city is also home to the national Newstime magazine. The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ...

The Daily Planet Building as seen in Superman Returns (2006).
The Daily Planet Building as seen in Superman Returns (2006).

Other major media located in Metropolis include WGBS-TV, flagship station of the Galaxy Broadcasting System (GBS) television network, both subsidiaries of media conglomerate Galaxy Communications. Popular shows included The Midnight Show Starring Johnny Nevada (a fictional version of NBC's The Tonight Show, with Johnny Nevada being an analogue of Johnny Carson). During the 1970s, both Clark Kent and Lois Lane worked for WGBS (after Galaxy Communications purchased The Daily Planet in a 1971 storyline), with Clark as the anchorman for the WGBS evening news (he was eventually joined by Lana Lang as a co-anchor). After John Byrne's revamp of Superman's origins, though, Clark and Lois were reverted to working at The Daily Planet once again. Image File history File links Daily-planet-globe. ... Image File history File links Daily-planet-globe. ... Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Analogy is both the cognitive process of transferring information from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target), and a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... Anchorman may refer to: News anchor, someone who works in radio who hosts a regular news program Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a 2004 American comedy movie This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ...


Cultural, educational, and research institutions

An outside shot of the Superman Museum.

The Metropolis Museum of Natural History was featured in the film Superman Returns. Image File history File links Superman_museum. ... Image File history File links Superman_museum. ...


In the Silver Age comics, another major Metropolis landmark was the Superman Museum, which featured various exhibits dedicated to Metropolis' favorite superhero, Superman. Showcase #4 (September-October 1956), often thought the first appearance of the first Silver Age superhero, the Barry Allen Flash. ...


Metropolis is home to Metropolis University, of which Clark Kent is a graduate with a journalism degree. The central branch of S.T.A.R. Labs, a major scientific research institution, is also located in Metropolis. Star Labs facility circa 1985, DC Comics This article is about the fictional organization in DC Comics. ...


Sports

As befitting any world city, Metropolis is represented by teams in all major-league sports.[4] Like New York City, it is home to two teams in baseball and football. Of the two baseball teams, the Metropolis Monarchs are Clark Kent's favorite[5], while the other team, the Metropolis Meteors, is mentioned in 52 as having a rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals. A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


In football, Metropolis is home to a team called the Metropolis Sharks as well as the Metropolis Metros. Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The city is also home to the Metropolis Generals basketball team and the Metropolis Mammoths hockey team. Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ...


Metropolis, Illinois

The real town of Metropolis, Illinois, has proclaimed itself the "hometown of Superman," and celebrates its "local hero" in every possible way that it can. Among the ways it celebrates the character include a large Superman statue in the city, a small Superman museum, an annual Superman festival, and its local newspaper The Metropolis Planet, a name inspired by the major newspaper in fictional Metropolis, The Daily Planet. Statue of Superman in the town square The sign outside the Superman Museum Metropolis is a city located in Massac County, Illinois, along the Ohio River. ... The Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ...


External links

  • Supermanica: Metropolis Supermanica entry on the Pre-Crisis Metropolis

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