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Metropolis is a fictional city of the United States of America in the DC Comics universe where Superman, other superheroes and their related characters and live. It was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics #16, in 1939.
Originally the adventures of Superman take place in Cleveland but after these early strip stories were adapted to comic books, the word Metropolis substitutes it. However, the Daily Planet Building was modeled after the Ohio Bell Building.
Metropolis is frequently depicted as being located at the northern east coast of the United States of America, within driving distance of Gotham City to the south of it. Gotham is also known to be south to New York City and while Gotham has been located on either New York or New Jersey on several ocasions, Metropolis has been located on either Delaware or New York.
The distance between Metropolis and Gotham City 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 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. However, both are mainly located in Manhattan-like long islands surounded by rivers with analogies to Broadway, Central Park and other locations of the big apple. Longtime DC Comics writer and Batman 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. 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.
Mirroring the Big Apple nickname, Metropolis is often called the Big Apricot.
The current version of the history of Metropolis, so far the most developed, explored in Superman Y2K, ties the origins of the city with the ancesters of Lex Luthor while taking elements of the history of New York City.
In Superman Y2K, a limited series which had its fist issuea in stores on December 29th, 1999, to mirror the real world especulations about the Y2K, Metropolis is given a futuristic makeover by the time-traveling Brainiac 13, a villainous descendant of Superman foe Brainiac. This transformation in the mainstream comics continuity is somewhat similar to its reimagination for Superman: The Animated Series, in which it also has a futuristic design descontextualized with its contemporary real world technological possibilities. The comic book changes are fully covered by the 2003 miniseries Superman: Metropolis. The city has since reverted to its former state.
 New Troy
New Troy reflects Manhattan in Metropolis as the main borough financially speaking.
- Hob's Bay (Suicide Slum):
- Centennial Park: A large green lung located at the center on the west side of New Troy. It mirrors Central Park in Manhattan and Robinson Park in Central Gotham Island.
- Hypersector: The business and financial center of Metropolis.
- Buildings in the island:
- Metropolis University, the Centennial Hotel, the 1958 Sullivan St. Appartment Building (a Wayne Enterprises property, home of Lois and Clark), S.T.A.R. Labs and Steelworks (John Henry Iron's workshop) on the west side.
- The Special Crimes Unit Precinct is a the center an to the south of the island facing Striker's Island Penitentiary.
- The Union Station, the Metropolis City Hospital, the Jules Verne Extra-Terrestrial Museum, the Lena Luthor Science Explorarium, the Metropolis City Hall, Hotel Metropolis, Shuster Hall, Daily Planet Building, the Metropolis Museum of Art, the LexCorp Tower, the Newstime Building, and GBS Building (Galaxy Communications) in the eastern business district.
 Striker's Island
It contains the Striker's Island Penitentiary and is located in the middle of the West River between Queensland and New Troy.
 St. Martin's Island
Home of the wealthiest citizens of Metropolis, including Lex Luthor.
 Hell's Gate
Another island for wealthy people.
It's locacted in the mainland north to the Hun River and the New Troy Island, and east to Park Ridge. It's mainly constituted by middle class suburbs.
 Park Ridge
It's locacted in the mainland north to the Hun River and the New Troy Island, and west to Bakerline. The oldest suburbs are located there.
 Queensland Park
It's locacted in the mainland south to the West River and the New Troy Island. It's known to be home of the growing inmigrant populace.
 Rivers and accidents
- West River: Crosses south to New Troy and north to Queensland and ends at the east with the S. A. I. Dam waterworks.
- Hub River
- Hub Bay
- City Harbor and Docks
 Public Functionaries
 See also