Metropolis (City) (DC Comics)
Metropolis is a fictional American city-state that appears in comic books published by DC Comics and is thought to be a reference to New York City. Metropolis is the home of Superman and first appeared by name in Action Comics #16 (September 1939).

Within the DC Universe, Metropolis is portrayed as one of the largest and wealthiest cities on Earth, having a population of nearly 11 million citizens. It is referred to as "The Big Apricot," just as New York City is nicknamed "The Big Apple." The co-creator and original artist of Superman, Joe Shuster, modeled the Metropolis skyline after Toronto, where he was born and lived until he was ten. Since then, however, most of the notable landmarks in Metropolis are based on real-life landmarks in New York City. information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Action Comics #16 (September 1939)
Created by: Joe Shuster

In story information

Official Name: City of Metropolis
Aliases: The Big Apricot; The City of Tomorrow; The Monarch City; New Troy
Type: City
Notable people: Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor
Notable races: 
Notable locations: Details

Universe: Earth-Two, Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
Country: United States of America
State: New York
City: Metropolis


Dimensions: 125 sq mi
Population: 6,000,000 (1990 census); 11,000,000 (2000 census)


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.

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Districts and boroughs

Metropolis is made up of six boroughs, the largest being New Troy. Each of the boroughs has its own distinct character and feel, which resemble and mimic New York City's boroughs.

The Six Boroughs:

  • Bakerline
  • Hob's Bay
  • New Troy
  • Park Ridge
  • Queensland Park
  • Suicide Slum

New Troy

"New Troy" redirects here. For Alexandre Dumas's novel, see The New Troy. For the community in the United States, see New Troy, Michigan.

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 cited in the Art of Superman Returns book.

The Daily Planet Building is the most recognizable landmark in the Metropolis skyline, much like the Empire State Building for New York City. 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, a reference to and combination of Newsweek and Time) which is secretly owned for several years by Lord Satanus posing as "Colin Thornton," and the Twin Towered LexCorp Tower, (a reference to the former twin towers of the World Trade Center), headquarters for Lex Luthor's company.

Besides the Financial District, notable areas of New Troy include:

  • Chinatown - Metropolis' Asian District.
  • Little Bohemia - The arts capital of Metropolis and a reference to Little Italy in Manhattan.
  • Glenmorgan Square - An area that is based on Times Square.

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's legal name before entering films. 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, such as Coates, Larson, and Collyer.

Centennial Park (sometimes labeled as Metropolis Park) is Metropolis' largest city park and is based on real life Central Park of New York City. Its most noteworthy feature is a statue of Superman with an American bald eagle erected after his apparent death fighting Doomsday. A statue of Superboy Conner Kent was built next to it after the events of Infinite Crisis.

Other notable places and their NYC inspirations include:

  • Wireless City Movie Theater - A spoof of Radio City Music Hall.
  • Halldorf Hotel - A spoof of Waldorf Astoria.
  • Lacey's Department Store - A spoof of Macy's.
  • Stacey's Department Store -
  • Spiffany's Jewelry Store - A spoof of Tiffany's.

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.

In 1990s and 2000s stories, the married Clark Kent and Lois Lane live in an apartment in New Troy, at 1938 Sullivan Lane, which is a tribute to the year Superman first appeared. The apartment was a wedding gift to the couple by Bruce Wayne, who owned the building.[24] Clark Kent's traditional address of 344 Clinton Street, Apartment 3D, was usually described as being located in midtown Metropolis.

Other boroughs and suburbs

New Troy is separated from the suburban boroughs by the West River and Hobb's River, based on New York's East River and Hudson River, respectively.

  • Midvale - Midvale is a suburb of Metropolis, more well known as the home of Supergirl and the site of the Midvale Orphanage prior to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Bakerline - Midvale is another borough of Metropolis. Located north of New Troy, Bakerline is the home of newspaper reporter Jimmy Olsen and appears to be based on The Bronx in New York City.

Other boroughs and suburban areas, almost all of which are based on real places in New York City, include Queensland Park (a reference to Queens), Hell's Gate (a reference to Hell Gate Bridge), St. Martin's Island (a reference to Staten Island), Park Ridge (a reference to Park Slope), Metrodale, and Highville.


  • Hell's Gate
  • Hypersector
  • Lafayette
  • Little Africa
  • Midvale (Pre-Crisis only)
  • Mount Royal
  • New Town
  • Oak Town
  • St. Martin's Island


  • Hobb's River
  • Metropolis Bay
  • West River

Parks and Recreational areas

  • Centennial Park
  • Metropolis Park
  • Outlook Park
  • Shuster Arena


  • Blaze Comics
  • Goldstar, Inc.
  • Lexcorp
  • Chaney's
  • Riverview Funeral Chapel 


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

  • Hamilton Technologies
  • Project Cadmus
  • Stagg Enterprises
  • S.T.A.R. Labs
  • WayneTech 

Media, television and radio

  • Bridwell Communications
  • Action Bulletin News
  • Black Beacon
  • Daily Planet
  • Daily Star
  • Galaxy Communications
  • Metropolis Daily News
  • Metropolis Today
  • Newstime Magazine
  • Whisper, The
  • WGBS-TV Locations

  • 1938 Sullivan Place
  • 344 Clinton Street
  • 8th Precinct (Metropolis Special Crimes Unit)
  • Avenue of Tomorrow
  • Constitution Plaza
  • Ellsworth Memorial Hospital
  • Hobb's Ferry Naval Base
  • Metro Square
  • Metropolis City Hospital
  • Metropolis International Airport
  • Metropolis University
  • Midvale Orphanage (Pre-Crisis only)
  • S.A.I. Dam
  • Shuster Hall
  • Solar Tower
  • Steelworks
  • Stryker's Island Penitentiary
  • Sullivan Place
  • Superboy Memorial Statue
  • Superman Memorial Statue
  • Topaz Lane
  • Union Station
  • Weisinger Square
  • Werner Building Teams

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

  • Metropolis Blue Stockings
  • Metropolis Meteors (National League)
  • Metropolis Metros
  • Metropolis Mets
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Metropolis Twins


  • Metropolis Generals
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Metropolis Spartans


  • Metropolis Comets
  • Metropolis Spartans
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Metropolis Meteors (National Conference)
  • Metropolis Metros
  • Metropolis Sharks
  • Metropolis Tigers
  • Metropolis University Bulldogs

  • Metropolis Mammoths - Hockey (Wales Conference)

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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.

  • Agent Liberty
  • Argent
  • Atom (w/the Teen Titans)
  • Black Lightning
  • Booster Gold
  • Gangbuster
  • Guardian (Jim Harper)
  • Joto
  • Legion of Super-Heroes (30th-31st century)
  • Prysm
  • Risk
  • Superboy (Earth-One) (30th century only)
  • Superboy (Kon-El)
  • Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
  • Supergirl (Matrix)
  • Supergirl (Earth-One) (20th and 30th century)
  • Superman
  • Superman (Earth-One)
  • Superman (Earth-Two)
  • Thorn (Earth-One)
  • Thorn (New Earth)


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.

  • Bizarro
  • Brainiac
  • Brainiac 13
  • Director, The
  • Doomsday
  • Kryptonite Man
  • Lex Luthor
  • Metallo
  • Prankster
  • Rampage
  • Talia Head
  • Toyman (Winslow Schott)

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.

  • Anthony Gallo
  • Big Words I (Anthony Rodriguez)
  • Big Words II (Anthony Rodriguez)
  • Bill Henderson
  • Bobby "The Don" Gazzo
  • Dirk Davis
  • Dan Turpin
  • Flip (Walter Johnson)
  • Gabby I (John Gabrielli)
  • Gabby II (John Gabrielli)
  • Gretchen Kelley
  • Henry Ballard
  • Hope
  • Jimmy Olsen
  • Jimmy Olsen (Earth-One)
  • Lana Lang
  • Lana Lang (Earth-One)
  • Lois Lane
  • Loren Jupiter
  • Lucy Lane
  • Maggie Sawyer
  • Mercy
  • Morgan Edge
  • Neil Richards
  • Omen
  • Perry White
  • Ron Troupe
  • Scrapper I (Patrick MacGuire)
  • Scrapper II (Patrick MacGuire)
  • Skeets
  • Sydney Happersen
  • Toby Raynes
  • Tommy Thompkins I
  • Tommy Thompkins II
  • Trixie Collins
  • Vincent Edge
  • Walter Johnson I

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Sports Teams


  • Metropolis Blue Stockings
  • Metropolis Meteors
  • Metropolis Metros
  • Metropolis Mets
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Metropolis Ravens
  • Metropolis Twins


  • Metropolis Generals
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Metropolis Spartans


  • Metropolis Meteors
  • Metropolis Metros
  • Metropolis Sharks
  • Metropolis Tigers
  • Metropolis University Bulldogs


  • Metropolis Mammoths
  • Metropolis Marauders

DC Comics : Metropolis Skyline, SupermanNotes


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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