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Metropolis

Official Name
City of Metropolis
Aliases
The Big Apricot; The City of Tomorrow; The Monarch City; New Troy

Location Details

Galaxy

Star System

Planet


State

City
Metropolis

Characteristics
Dimensions
125 sq mi

Population
6,000,000 (1990 census); 11,000,000 (2000 census)

First appearance

Quote1 The story? How many times do I have to tell you? There's only one story, Lane. Metropolis. She's the story. Quote2
-- Perry White

History

Metropolis is one of the largest and most well-known cities in the United States, owing largely to the fact that it is the adopted home town of Metropolis' favorite son, Superman.

The history of Metropolis stretches back to the year 1542 when Italian navigator Vincenzo Gnanatti discovered the region while in the employ of the Dutch. Prior to European colonization, the region was occupied by the Algonquin Native American tribe. It wasn't until 1634 however that the first settlement was established by Dutchman Paul De Vries. The settlement was named De Vries Village and occupies the neighborhood now known as "Old City" in the Eastern section of Queensland Park. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, De Vries Village prospered as a thriving seaport and it became an integral strategic location for General George Washington's army during the Revolutionary War.

In 1775, it established itself as a host to many book and newspaper publishing houses, the most successful of which would eventually become known as the Daily Planet. [1] During the "Devil's Winter Siege", the city was defended by Tomahawk's rangers, most notably Dan Hunter, in whose honor the settlement was renamed as Fort Hunter, later Hunterville and later still Hunter City. In 1783, P. Randall Jeffries opened the First Metropolitan Bank, which still exists today, though the corporate headquarters has since moved to the Central Business District in New Troy. [2]

In 1847, the borough known as Hob's Bay became a bustling merchant center, as well as a hotbed for bigotry and intolerance, particularly against the rising influx of Irish immigrants. Mission worker Edna Luthor became a strong voice among the struggling workers, and she publicly preached a message of tolerance and love. Like many in the Luthor bloodline, Edna was a visionary whose convictions and strong sense of morality would help pave the way for Metropolis' future. These values were passed along to her grandson, Wallace Luthor who operated the Luthor Steel Works during the turn of the century. [3]

In 1905 Hunter City became home to noted adventurer, inventor and science hero Waldo Glenmorgan. Glenmorgan began a trend of scientific prowess which culminated in the city changing its name to "Metropolis". This name change propelled the city towards its current position as the City of Tomorrow.[4]

Points of Interest

The Six Boroughs

Neighborhoods

Waterways

  • Hobb's River
  • Metropolis Bay
  • West River

Parks and Recreational areas

Businesses


Dining

  • Chez Joey's
  • Dynasty
  • Bessolo Restaurant
  • West Bank Riverhouse

Lodging

Museums

  • Jules Verne Extra-Terrestrial Museum
  • Lena Luthor Science Explorarium
  • Metropolis Museum of Art
  • Superman Museum (30th century)

Laboratories

Media

News, television and radio

Metropolis map
Map of Metropolis
Brian KurtzAdded by Brian Kurtz

Other Locations

Main article: Metropolis Locales

Sports Teams

Metropolis has had many pro and amateur sports teams, treated with little continuity.

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Residents

Heroes

The following is a list of super-heroes known to have either lived and/or operated out of Metropolis at some point in their lives. This list includes characters who are germain to both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis versions of Metropolis.

Villains

The following is a list of super-villains known to have either lived and/or operated out of Metropolis at some point in their lives. This list includes characters who are germain to both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis versions of Metropolis.

Other People

The following is a list of civilians known to have either lived and/or operated out of Metropolis at some point in their lives. This list includes characters who are germain to both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis versions of Metropolis.

Sports Teams

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Notes

Location

For a long time, the exact location of Metropolis in the United States was not canonically established. 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 depicted as a coastal city on the Eastern seaboard, though sometimes it was shown to be further inland.[5]


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 Atlas of the DC Universe, writer Paul Kupperberg chose the state of Delaware, but this book was part of Mayfair Games' role playing games, and not necessarily in continuity. In Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Metropolis was listed as in New York, but the exact location has not been established.

In 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.

Superman co-creator Joe Shuster modeled the look of Metropolis after his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (though Metropolis was never depicted as a Canadian city).


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