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General Information
Official name: City of Metropolis
Created by: Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
First Appearance: Action Comics #16
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
Country: United States of America
State: New York



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. 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. 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.

Points of Interest

The Six Boroughs

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


  • Lafayette
  • Hell's Gate
  • Hypersector
  • 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
  • Commerce Bank of Metropolis
  • Goldstar, Inc
  • Kenmore Bowling Alley
  • LexCorp
  • Metropolis Athlete Club
  • Utopia Casino


  • Chez Joey's
  • Dynasty
  • Bessolo Restaurant


  • Centennial Hotel
  • Hotel Metropolis
  • Metropolis Grande Hotel


  • 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


  • Bridwell Communications
  • Action Bulletin News
  • Daily Planet
  • Daily Star
  • Galaxy Communications
  • Metropolis Daily News
  • Metropolis Today
  • Newstime Magazine
  • The Whisper



  • Metropolis Meteors
  • Metropolis Monarchs


  • Metropolis Generals


  • Metropolis Meteors


  • Metropolis Mammoths

Other 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

Sports Teams

  • Metropolis Mammoths - Hockey (Wales Conference)
  • Metropolis Meteors - Baseball (National League)
  • Metropolis Meteors - Football (National Conference)



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.


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.



  • The exact location of Metropolis in the United States has never been 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 firmly established as a coastal city on the Eastern seaboard, but it was never established which U.S. State it was located in. 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 established that Metropolis was located in the state of Delaware, but as the DC Atlas is a reference book for Mayfair Games' role playing supplements, it can be argued that Delaware is not a canonical locale for the city of Metropolis. Countdown to Infinite Crisis has firmly established that Metopolis is in New York State.
  • Several comic sources over the years have also likened Metropolis to New York City, but they are actually two distinctive cities within the greater DC Universe. The Metropolis-New York connection became particularly prevalent in the Superman film franchise, notably due to the presence of the Statue of Liberty as seen in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. The Superman films however, are not considered canon doctrine.
  • 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).


  • One of Metropolis' most popular children's television programs is Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew.
  • It will be one of the fight arenas in Mortal Kombat vs. DC video game.

See Also

In Other Media

  • Metropolis is mentioned in almost all Superman Related Media.
  • It is also mentioned in Various Batman Mythos, including its Comic Books and Batman: Arkham City.