Metropolis is a major city in the United States. It's noted to be one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world, owing largely to being the adopted hometown of Metropolis' favorite son, Superman. Although its exact location is unknown, Metropolis seem to be facing northward onto the East Coast.[1]



  • LuthorCorp: Owned and headed by Lex Luthor, LuthorCorp is one of the most powerful multi-billion-dollar corporations on the planet. Its main office, or one of the main offices, is located in Metropolis.[2] Its known subsidiaries are the D.E.O. (until its destruction)[3] and Luthor Foundation.



  • Man of Tomorrow Prize: A prestigious humanitarian prize awarded every year to the world's greatest humanitarian with a massive ceremony usually held in Metropolis.[4]




  • Daily Planet: One of the main and most prominent daily newspapers in Metropolis.[2]


  • A.R.G.U.S.: The United States government's research group and special ops division charged with taking down major terrorist threats has a headquarters in Metropolis.[7]



During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, after the Spectre died battling the Anti-Monitor and creating a new multiverse, this city, which contained most elements of Metropolis of Earth-38, was formed on Earth-Prime.

At some point in the past, Superman emerged as a vigilante in Metropolis.[8] The superhero was often featured on the Daily Planet's stories. Photojournalist James Olsen took the 1st photo of Superman in the city.[2]

In 2015, the Man of Tomorrow Prize was awarded to Lex Luthor. Around this time, the billionaire industrialist also started to have a conflict with Superman, resulting in several encounters and battles which caused much collateral damage and civilian deaths.[9] However, Lex's deeds remained hidden from the public.[8]

In 2018, Samantha Arias moved to Metropolis with her daughter, Ruby, where she began managing the city's LuthorCorp branch.[2]

In January 2020, Lex received the Man of Tomorrow Prize for the second time, although in this occasion the ceremony was held in National City rather than Metropolis.[4]

Later that month, after Oliver Queen's funeral, John Diggle and Lyla Michaels moved to Metropolis with their children, Sara and John Diggle, Jr..[7]

On April 14, 2020, the day after the sun temporarily darkened due to a Sun-Eater,[10] Stryker's Island Penitentiary had a riot and then a major explosion.[3]

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Current residents

Former residents


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  • Metropolis is known as the "City of Tomorrow".[4]

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Metropolis is the home of the hero known as Superman. Metropolis is located in the Northeastern United States, in close proximity to Gotham City, with the majority of DC comics references placing Metropolis specifically in Delaware.
    • Superman co-creator Joe Shuster modeled Metropolis' cityscape on that of his hometown, Toronto, Ontario, which is known to be the most populous city in Canada.[11]
  • In real life, Metropolis, Illinois, has been proclaimed the "hometown of Superman" by the Illinois State Legislature, and the town celebrates its "local hero" with a large Superman statue in the city, a Superman museum, an annual Superman festival, and its local newspaper, The Metropolis Planet, being named after The Daily Planet.[12] A version of the town has appeared in Adventures of Superman #515, as a city whose citizens idolize the hero who lives in their 'sister' city.


  • According to Cisco Ramon's map of Earth-Prime, Metropolis seems to be a northeastern U.S. city located on the East Coast, in the state of Delaware.[1]
    • This seemed to be Metropolis' approximate location even on Earth-38,[13] implying the multiverse merge hasn't changed it.
  • Metropolis is somewhere south of both Happy Harbor (RI) and New York City (NY).[1]


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