I was a Marvel fan growing up and more of a Vertigo fan in my 20s, but I’m familiar enough with the DC universe to know that, in addition to Gotham City and Metropolis, the world of Super- and Batman includes New York City, the inspiration for both fictional cities.
(At least I think it does. If I’m wrong, well, this’ll be a really short thread.)
After reading a couple of Superman collections this weekend, I have some questions about the three:
In the DC Universe, which is the biggest of the 3? Which is smallest?
Is NYC still the cream of the crop US city, or does either Gotham or Metropolis have that honor?
Where are the three cities in relation to each other?
Are there any major cities (like, say, Boston) that aren’t in the DCU and that are “replaced” by Gotham or Metropolis?
The big, catchall question: what role do Gotham and Metropolis play in US and international culture?
Basically, compare and contrast NYC, Gotham and Metropolis, please. Thanks.