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Metropolis is one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the United States that is best known as being the hometown of Superman.

The Natives of Metropolis are often referred to as Metropolitans.

Local Government

City Departments

Locations

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Metropolis during the 19th century, an area of town now known as Old Town.
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A Superman monument in Metropolis
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Boroughs

Government

Aircraft/Airports

Newspaper

Banks

Media

Recreation

Colleges and Schools

Streets/Bridges

Scientific / Medical Facilities

Prison / Law Enforcement Facilities

Museums

Businesses

Military facilities

Neighborhoods/Districts

Religious facilities

Waterways

Miscellaneous

Residences

Natives

For a complete list of natives, click the link below:

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Notes

Origin / First Appearance

  • It first appeared as an unnamed Canadian City in Action Comics, Vol. 1 #1 (June, 1938).[36]
  • Metropolis first appeared by name in Action Comics, Vol. 1 #16 (September, 1939).[37]

Location

In the Super Friends, the exact location of Metropolis has never been canonically established:

  • Superman co-creator Joe Shuster modeled the look of Metropolis after his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • In the Golden Age era, Superman was first based out of Cleveland, Ohio and worked for a Cleveland newspaper. In subsequent appearances, this locale was retroactively established as Metropolis.
  • During the Silver Age era, Metropolis was firmly established as a coastal city on the Eastern seaboard, but it was never established which U.S. State it was located in.
  • During the Bronze Age, on January 21, 1972 DC Comics declared Metropolis, Illinois as the "Hometown of Superman". The Illinois State Legislature passed Resolution 572 declaring Metropolis as the Hometown of Superman on June 9th, but this was cited as an honorarium and was not intended to reflect Metropolis' location within DC continuity.
  • In the Donner Universe[38] (Richard Donner), starting with 1978's Superman (and its sequels), Metropolis is shown as being in (or taking the place of) New York City, including depicting such New York landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, and the New York Daily News offices. In Superman III, some Calgary, Alberta landmarks can be seen, including the Calgary Tower and the St. Louis Hotel, as parts of the film were filmed there.
  • In Superman Returns director Bryan Singer intended his version of Metropolis to be a stylistic cross between 1930s New York and current New York; with a nod to Richard Donner's 1978 Superman film and its sequels. 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 City.
  • In the Smallville Universe (as seen on the WB/CW television series Smallville), Metropolis is located in or near the state of Kansas, within driving distance of Smallville. This was likely established so that characters from the show could travel back and forth between the two cities in a timely manner and with little difficulty.

Appearances in Other Media

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References

  1. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episode: Superclones
  2. Referenced in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Destroy the Defendroids
  3. Referenced in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Destroy the Defendroids
  4. Referenced in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Destroy the Defendroids
  5. Seen in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Night of the Living Shadows.
  6. Seen in the Season 5 (1984) episode: Reflections in Crime
  7. As Seen in[?]
  8. Referenced in The Planet-Splitter
  9. Referenced in the Season 5 (1984) episode: The Royal Ruse
  10. Seen in the Season 5 (1984) episode: Uncle Mxyzptlk
  11. Seen in the Season 5 (1984) episode: Uncle Mxyzptlk
  12. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episode: Roller Coaster
  13. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episode: Roller Coaster
  14. As seen in[?]
  15. Technically the circus is very likely mobile, and not stationed in Metropolis, but when it was touring in Metropolis, it was stationed across the West River from Midtown, apparently in North Bridge, Queensland Park. (although the exact location is difficult to determine due to the fact that the image was difficult to understand based on the fact that the geography seemed to be slightly off in the photo, and the bridge that linked Midtown to North Bridge seemed too small.
  16. Seen in the 1980 Shorts, episode: Garden of Doom
  17. Seen in the Season 5 (1984) episode: No Honor Among Thieves
  18. Seen in the Season 2 (1977) episode: Tiny World of Terror
  19. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episodes: A Pint of Life and One Small Step for Superman
  20. As Seen in[?]
  21. Seen in Season 4 (1979) episode: Lex Luthor Strikes Back
  22. Seen in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Night of the Living Shadows.
  23. Which is located on Stryker's Island.
  24. Seen in the Season 2 (1977) episode: The Mummy of Nazca
  25. As Seen in[?]
  26. As Seen in[?]
  27. As Seen in[?]
  28. Seen in the Season 2 (1977) episode: The Ghost
  29. Seen in the Season 3 (1978) episode: Superfriends: Rest in Peace
  30. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episode: Invasion of the Space Dolls
  31. Seen in the 1983 Shorts, episode:Bulgor the Behemoth
  32. Seen several times in the Superman, 1988 series
  33. Seen in the Superman, 1988 series episode: Night of the Living Shadows.
  34. Seen in the Superman (TV series) episode The Big Scoop.
  35. Referenced in the Season 5 (1984) episode: The Curator
  36. Go to DC Database for more on Action Comics, Vol. 1 #1 published in June, 1938.
  37. Go to DC Database for more on Action Comics, Vol. 1 #16 published in September, 1939.
  38. Donnerverse is an unofficial designation which refers to the continuity of the Superman movies as envisioned by director Richard Donner. The characters and settings from this reality are patterned after those chronicled in Pre-Crisis / Earth-One continuity, but take place in a distinctive separate reality. This reality incorporates events from the four Superman films of the 1970s-80s as well as the Supergirl movie. It does not necessarily include the 2006 film Superman Returns, though director Bryan Singer does take a lot of cues from the older films and even consulted Richard Donner for much of the stroy.
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