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Appearances (BTAS): Girls' Nite Out
Appearances (STAS): All 54 Episodes Except The Last Son of Krypton Part One, The Main Man Part Two, New Kids In Town, and Absolute Power
Appearances (BB): The Call Part One
Appearances (JL/U): Secret Origins Part One, Part Two, Part Three, The Enemy Below Part One, Injustice For All Part One, Paradise Lost Part One, Part Two, Legends Part One, Metamorphosis Part One, Part Two, The Savage Time Part One, Part Three, Tabula Rasa Part One, Part Two, Only A Dream Part One, Part Two, A Better World Part One, Part Two, The Terror Beyond Part One, Secret Society Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Part Two, Starcrossed Part Two, Hawk and Dove, Fearful Symmetry, The Return, The Greatest Story Never Told, Ultimatum, Clash, Question Authority, Panic In The Sky, Divided We Fall, I Am Legion, Patriot Act, and Destroyer
Appearances (JLI Comics): The Mirror Crack'd and The Mirror Crack'd Part Two
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Metropolis, was discovered in 1542 by the Italian navigator Vincenzo Gnanatti. The first settlement was established by the Algonquin Native American tribe but was later occupied by the Dutch in 1634. It quickly evolved into a major seaport and later served as a crucial military location during the Revolutionary War. In 1775, the Daily Planet newspaper was founded. In the late 1800's, the influx of immigration generated violent ethnic riots. In the Great Depression era, was ravaged and several parts of the city never recovered, including the Suicide Slums. In 1847, Hob's Bay was the undisputed mercantile center. The city of Metropolis soon became informally dominated by the Luthor family, all visionaries of the future. Because of this, its most common nickname was "the City of Tomorrow." Thus the Luthor's technology built most of it.
Overall, Metropolis is looked upon as an advanced, warmer, cleaner, and wealthier city than most in America. Geographically, Gotham City is 30 miles away and Central City is 500. The largest borough in Metropolis is New Troy. It is home to the newspaper Daily Planet, the prominent skyscraper Emperor Building, LexCorp Tower, Stagg Enterprises, PrimeTech, Centennial Park, S.T.A.R. Labs' main branch, Fort Sherman Missile Base, Sinnott Air Force Base, Stryker's Island Penitentiary, the World Assembly, and Lana Lang Fashions. The city is partly powered by the Ayers Island Power Pant and a hydroelectric dam. A more gated community is in the Mountain View area. The late Professor Ivo lived on 421 Briarwood, where he created AMAZO in secret. Metropolis' most well-known hero is Superman. Several others of note are Steel, Supergirl, and Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Despite its bright exterior, Metropolis is plagued by crime and corruption. The influence of Lex Luthor is far reaching. At least 2/3 of the city's population works for him directly or indirectly.
Aside from super villains and crime, Metropolis is a hotbed for omega level situations. The city has been routinely invaded since Darkseid first invaded it after manipulating Bruno Mannheim. His second invasion was lead by a brainwashed Superman. Over a year later, the Imperium's fleet touched down and began to devastate cities unchecked. Years later, the Thanagarians first won the trust of the world's government before asserting rule over Metropolis and other places in the world. Two powerful figures, AMAZO and Mordru, once threatened the city on separate occassions and prompted the full force of the Justice League Unlimited. A third invasion by Darkseid was stopped by the combined force of the League and the remnants of the Legion of Doom. An injured Aquaman was brought to the Metropolis Medical Center where the staff was unable to apply any measures. Batman correctly deduced an immersion in a 3.5% saline soultion would heal him. Eight months after the formation of the Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman helped emergency crews with relief efforts in the Beach City Pier area as Hurricane Gardner touched down.
The warehouse district is notorious as a staging area for criminal activity. An Intergang unit was attacked by Toyman and later saved by Superman in one such building. Years later, several escaped super villains barricaded themselves at the Old Westside Refinery, only to be recaptured by the Justice League. Superman's alleged death was followed by a televised funeral at First Metropolis Cathedral. A monument was erected in the Centennial Park was most likely dismantled after Superman reappeared from the future. After the Justice League defeated Lex Luthor and Brainiac, Superman was encouraged to continue the League. He decided to issue reforms and was allowed to construct a second base in Metropolis, later named the Metrotower. Months later, Vigilante, Shining Knight, Stripe, and Stargirl were assigned to fill in for Superman at the annual Metropolis Parade. The event was disrupted by a mutated General Eiling. Looking to kill Superman to send a message to the League, Eiling endangered civilians but was ultimately convinced to leave by the people.
In the 2050's, a Starro-controlled Superman planted firebombs all over Metropolis and a device aboard a monorail. Micron answered the distress call for the out of control monorail in the northeast district. He entered and activated the track disengage protocol but was locked in by a force field. A short time later, Superman returned with Batman. The Justice League then performed damage control and helped civilians evacuate their homes safely. Sometime afer the 21st century, the city was rebuilt and upgraded to an unparalleled splendor. It was renamed New Metropolis and was later home to the Legion of Superheroes.