Superman's Metropolis

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Superman's Metropolis
Cover to Superman's Metropolis. Art by Ted McKeever.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
FormatOne-shot
Genre
Publication date1996
No. of issues1
Main character(s)Clarc Kent-son
Lois Lane
Lutor
Creative team
Created byJean-Marc Lofficier
Randy Lofficier
Written byJean-Marc Lofficier
Randy Lofficier
Roy Thomas
Artist(s)Ted McKeever

Superman's Metropolis is a DC Comics comic book and a Superman Elseworlds publication. It is the first part of a trilogy based on German Expressionist cinema, succeeded by Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon. It was written by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier and Roy Thomas and illustrated by Ted McKeever.

The story of Superman's Metropolis is "patterned" after Fritz Lang's classic film Metropolis, which had, in fact, been the inspiration for the city of the same name in the Superman canon.

Characters[edit]

DC characters which appear in the story (in order of appearance):

Plot[edit]

In an undetermined future, the giant city of Metropolis is starkly divided between upper classes who live in luxury and lower classes who toil under harsh conditions. Clarc Kent-son, son of Jon Kent, the Great Architect and apparent Master of Metropolis, becomes aware of the social inequality after meeting Lois Lane, a teacher from the undercity. He joins the workers to experience their daily lives, then begs his father to improve their lot, but in vain. In reality, the city is in thrall to the evil scientist Lutor, an old colleague of Jon Kent from before the "time of smoke and soot" that came before the foundation of Metropolis. Both Jon and Lutor fell in love with the same woman, Marta. When she chose Jon over Lutor, the scientist killed her, then used advanced hypnosis to turn Jon into his mind-slave.

Concerned about a potential revolution, Lutor identifies its leader, Lois Lane, who prophesies about a coming savior who will reunite the city. Later, Lutor captures Lois and uses her to create a robotic duplicate, which he names Futura, that will lead the workers to their doom. Meanwhile, Clarc discovers that he was a foundling adopted by Jon and Marta after he was found in a capsule that fell from the sky, and that Lutor, who discovered his powers while trying-and failing-to kill him along with his mother, wiped away his memories and blocked off his powers, turning him into a social drone.

As Futura, disguised as Lois, leads the workers to a doomed rebellion, Clarc, now the "Super-Man", the prophesied savior of Metropolis, intervenes. He fights Futura and defeats her by throwing her into a tank of molten metal. Meanwhile, Lutor reveals his half human/half mechanical body, which is powered by a green stone in the place where his heart would be. He kills Jon Kent who, in the end, sacrifices his life for Clarc. Lutor is later killed by Clarc after a fierce battle. Clarc and Lois become the new, enlightened rulers of a reunited Metropolis.

Publication[edit]

  • Superman's Metropolis (64 pages, 1996, ISBN 1-56389-242-1)

Trilogy[edit]

This is the first part of a trilogy:

Writer Jean-Marc Lofficier had a fourth and final book planned, entitled The Green Light, which would have introduced counterparts of Green Lantern, the Flash and the Martian Manhunter (based on Leni Riefenstahl's Das Blaue Licht (U.S. title: The Blue Light (1932)) and Arnold Fanck's Der Weiße Rausch - Der Neue Wunder des Schneeschuhs (U.S. title: The White Ecstasy (1931)) (which also starred Leni Riefenstahl)) and a female version of Aquaman (based on Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Die Herrin von Atlantis (U.S. title: The Mistress of Atlantis (1932)). The book would have dealt with the rediscovery of Earth, but it was never published and remains so to this day.[1]

Trivia[edit]

  • The city that Superman protects was actually named after the 1927 silent film Metropolis.
  • In the original script for Metropolis, the name of the robot was Futura. The fact that the robot in the story is named Futura is an in-joke referring to the film.
  • This universe was designated as a former part of the DC Multiverse called the universe of Earth-1927 in the hardcover book Absolute Crisis On Infinite Earths.
  • There has been no report yet of Earth-1927 appearing as one of the 52 Earths in the new DC Multiverse.

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