Real world equivalent?

#1 Posted by abtin (37 posts) - - Show Bio

The way i always made sense of it in my head, was that Gotham was New York, and Metropolis was Chicago.
Anyone agree/disagree?

#2 Posted by G'bandit (13689 posts) - - Show Bio

New York is called Gotham in real life actually, but Metropolis been Chicago I doubt it.

But the Gotham in the comics is actually different since its actually called Gotham, there is a Gotham Square, Gotham central park, etc. So Gotham is just Gotham in comics. Not New York apparently.

Put Gotham in the search bar is really cool, they got the different locations use in the comic :)

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#3 Edited by Vance Astro (90727 posts) - - Show Bio

New York or Chicago.

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#4 Posted by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio

Cleveland.

#5 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3292 posts) - - Show Bio

I always saw Metropolis as Boston.

#6 Posted by abtin (37 posts) - - Show Bio
Ms. Invisible said:
"I always saw Metropolis as Boston."
i never saw it as boston, cause Smallville is pretty close to Metropolis, and that always seemed like the midwest with farms and stuff, which fits with the Chicago, or even Cleveland  scenarios
#7 Posted by Paragon (7293 posts) - - Show Bio

I think when it was first thought up, it was supposed to be Chicago (I remember from those crappy Canadian History Minutes, one of the guys was going there). It would make sense too, since Smallville is in Kansas, and Chicago seem to be a good fit geographically.

On the other hand, I remember maybe reading somewhere of it being described as a coastal shipping city...

#8 Edited by AtPhantom (14466 posts) - - Show Bio

To my knowledge Metropolis is a coastal city based on New York. Metropolis and Gotham are two twin cities laying on opposite sides of a bay. Gotham is meant to embody all the negative, dark aspects of New York, while Metropolis is all of its positive bright stuff.

#9 Posted by abtin (37 posts) - - Show Bio
Paragon said:
"I think when it was first thought up, it was supposed to be Chicago (I remember from those crappy Canadian History Minutes, one of the guys was going there)
I TOTALLY remember that Canadian history minute thing. HAHAHA
maybe that's where i got it from.
and Chicago is on the coast of lake Michigan, so the coastal idea still kinda fits.

#10 Posted by Dane (10474 posts) - - Show Bio
AtPhantom said:
"To my knowledge Metropolis is a coastal city based on New York. Metropolis and Gotham are two twin cities laying on opposite sides of a bay. Gotham is meant to embody all the negative, dark aspects of New York, while Metropolis is all of its positive bright stuff."

Uh nope thats Gotham and Bludhaven that are twin cities dude.
#11 Edited by PrinceIMC (5421 posts) - - Show Bio

Metropolis is also at least partially based on Toronto Ontario. The DC database says that it is located in the state of New York but since there is also a New York City in DC they must be in different locations. Gotham City is supposedly located in New Jersey. Though over the years the locations of both have changed. Lots of DC cities have. Like Keystone and Central Cities. I remember an old DC Atlas thing once said Metropolis was in Delaware..

#12 Posted by NovaHulk (137 posts) - - Show Bio

Metropolis= San Francisco, Chicago or NYC.
Gotham= NYC

#13 Posted by danhimself (21904 posts) - - Show Bio

Metropolis was never close to Smallville until the Smallville television series

#14 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

Chicago could be close, but needs more buildings.
I'd really like a city with tons of sky-scrapers and a comic book like name...

#15 Posted by goosehorn (784 posts) - - Show Bio

i always felt metropolis was our seattle and gotham was NYC

#16 Posted by danhimself (21904 posts) - - Show Bio

i always thought of them both as Manhattan just the different sides of it

Metropolis is New York during the day and Gotham is New York at night

#17 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

I felt Seattle was the closest Metropolis comparison too.

#18 Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon (2271 posts) - - Show Bio
@Ms. Invisible said:
" I always saw Metropolis as Boston. "
makes sense since its east coast and isn't gotham supposed to be the east coast of new york (aka a twisted version of new york city).  unless of course metropolis is farther south like georgia/florida.
 
wait does anyone ever know how long it would take by car to go from gotham to metropolis??
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#20 Posted by CrazyScarecrow (1010 posts) - - Show Bio

Gotham City: New York City

Metropolis: Chicago or even Cleveland perhaps? I know in the early comics Superman lived in Cleveland and Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel both created the Man of Steel in that city.

Central City: St. Louis, Missouri (my home sweet home which I am honored to share with Barry Allen)! I know in either a comic or the Young Justice TV series they mentioned the Arch!

Keystone City: A city across the river could be East St. Louis? I think this is entirely fictional and not based off any city really.

Coast City: Los Angles, California which makes perfect sense seeing that Hal Jordan got his ring in Utah which is a nearby state.

Fawcett City: Wisconsin I think. Could be Indiana.

Star City: Detroit, Michigan

#21 Posted by The_Swamp_Thing (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I always thought this.

Gotham: NYC

Metropolis: Cleveland

Central City: St. Louis

Keystone: Also based on St. Louis

Coast City: L.A.

Fawcett City: Detroit

Star City: Portland

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