Superman may have grown up in Smallville, Kansas as a little farmer boy, but as his superhero persona grew, so did his aspirations. Clark would later learn to call Metropolis, the city of tomorrow, his home. This futuristic and vibrant city has been a staple in Superman’s history and served as one of the greatest backdrops in comic history. Many know that Metropolis is structured a lot like New York City. In fact, legendary comic writer, Frank Miller, has been quoted as saying, “Metropolis is New York by daytime; Gotham is New York at night.”
Fewer know that its architecture and tone were inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. In this film, Lang depicts a futuristic city with amazing technological attributes, but a poor and undernourished under-belly. On the streets, the everyman is struggling and being wronged by those in power. It wasn’t just the art deco architecture that inspired Metropolis but the social status of those in the film that also helped give the city life in the DC universe.
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