DC Animated Universe

Metropolis from Space

"Metropolis can boast of many amazing sights... The country's biggest bridge, the world's tallest building... But now it may have its most astonishing sight yet: A guardian angel."
Angela Chen[1]

Metropolis was a coastal city most famous for being built largely by Lex Luthor,[2][3] and for being the home of Superman.

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Metropolis became Superman's hometown in Action Comics. Superman's first base of operations was Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to a new city. It was first set in Canada, and only later in the US. In-universe, Metropolis was at first a nickname before becoming the official name.


Metropolis has, like Gotham City, always been meant to evoke the spirit of New York. But while Gotham City represented the darkness, Metropolis was the Big Apple during the daytime. In the comics, Metropolis is placed in Delaware.

The DCAU's Metropolis' location is uncertain. It's shown to be on the East Coast in various wide shots ("The Prometheon", "Little Girl Lost", "The Return"), but the layout of the city and the surrounding land is not portrayed in a consistent manner.

In "Speed Demons", the Mardon house is said to be near Metropolis, but it's not stated how near—the map shows the house in southern Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. Seeing as how Metropolis is on the coast, it could be in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or even New York.


Superman: The Animated Series

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Batman Beyond

Justice League

Justice League Unlimited


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  2. Burnett, Alan, Dini, Paul (writers) & Riba, Dan, Timm, Bruce (directors) (September 6, 1996). "The Last Son of Krypton, Part III". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 3 (airdate). Episode 3 (production). Kids WB!.
  3. Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Burnett, Alan, Dini, Paul (story) & Masuda, Toshihiko (director) (October 4, 1997). "World's Finest, Part III". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 2. Episode 18 (airdate). Episode 41 (production). Kids WB!.