Top 10 Fictional Superhero Cities
VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
Written by Shane O' Gorman
What's a superhero without a city to defend? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we will be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Fictional Superhero Cities.
For this list, we will be looking at the various cities that have served as the setting for epic superhero smack downs over the years. Keep in mind that while real-world locations such as New York City have now become synonymous with characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, we'll only be focusing on completely fictional locations.
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What’s a superhero without a city to defend? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we will be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Fictional Superhero Cities.
For this list, we will be looking at the various cities that have served as the setting for epic superhero smack downs over the years. Keep in mind that while real-world locations such as New York City have now become synonymous with characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, we’ll only be focusing on completely fictional locations.
#10: Jump City
What better place to ‘jump’ into this super-powered countdown than with the city the Teen Titans call home? Located in California, Jump City is a place bustling with life and hotspots to check out. It is represented in both the comics and the popular cartoon series as a very populated location. Thankfully, these citizens have no shortage of things to do in their lively city, including checking out a Jump City Sharks hockey game, or watching the Jump City Tigers play baseball. There’s also a disproportionate amount of pizza places. Who wouldn’t want to grab a bite with Robin, Cyborg and the rest of the gang?
Located in Southeast Asia, Madripoor is a large island bustling with wealth and activity. Most commonly appearing in the pages of X-Men comics, Madripoor began as a sanctuary for pirates and has since taken advantage of the abundance of stolen wealth to construct an entire city from the ground up. Unfortunately, Madripoor suffers from an enormous wealth gap, with the island’s ‘high town’ district housing the wealthy and ‘low town’ representing the poor, crime-ridden neighbourhoods. There’s also the famous Princess Bar, located in low town, which Wolverine would eventually come to co-own. Want a drink, bub?
Kandor was at one point in time the prestigious capital city of Superman’s home world Krypton…you know, before it went ‘boom’ and all. Too soon? Anyhow, Kandor is quite beautiful due to its elegantly advanced Kryptonian technology. The entire city is usually depicted as a combination of large crystal-like structures and other highly futuristic machinery that our little Earth brains couldn’t even begin to understand. Come to think of it, despite the aforementioned destruction of Krypton, Kandor did manage to survive. Well, its shrunken down and kept in a glass case, but, hey, at least Supes’ has a memento of where he came from, right?
#7: Gorilla City
Picture this: gorillas are going about their daily monkey-business when suddenly, an alien spacecraft crashes into their home and radically alters their DNA, providing them with advanced intelligence and telepathic abilities. Gone are the days of sitting around eating bananas; these gorillas build the impressive and appropriately named ‘Gorilla City,’ complete with technologies that greatly surpass anything humanity has achieved. Even more impressive: though the city is situated relatively close to the people of Africa, its citizens have developed a cloaking technology to hide themselves from the outside world. Though the origins of this city are debated due to countless ret-cons and reimaginings, it is nevertheless a sight to behold in any incarnation.
If you can hold your breath long enough to venture this deep into the ocean, you’ll encounter the lost city of Atlantis and its aquatic protector: Aquaman! Settled here on Earth by an extraterrestrial race known as the ‘hunter/gatherers’ nearly sixty-five million years ago, eventually this species would become known as the Atlanteans. Highly suspicious of the surface world and its inhabitants, the people of Atlantis concealed their city in a giant dome-like shield. With their very own unique eco-system, technology and culture, Atlantis is every bit as beautiful as you would expect a hidden underwater city would be. Just be sure to bring goggles and your bathing suit: you’ll be doing a lot of swimming.
The stomping grounds to Thor and Loki; Asgard is quite possibly the coolest place in the nine realms. Asgard’s infrastructure and architectural design is a strange combination of both ancient-looking civilizations and radically advanced technology. The vast scale of the city is wondrous to behold as the whole place is practically shining from how prestigious and grand it all is. No seriously, there is so much gold and silver covering everything in sight that Asgard is literally shining. If that’s not enough to impress you, these guys have a gateway to other worlds called ‘the Bifrost Bridge’, which beats any mode of transportation we have here on puny Midgard.
Referred to as ‘Paradise Island’ due to its lush and vibrant landscape, this super secret and extremely well hidden island-nation is exclusively inhabited by incredibly powerful Amazonian women and home to the DC comics superhero, Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman. It’s deadly population of female warriors aside; the island is typically presented as a beautiful combination of gorgeous beaches, dense jungles and towering ancient cities. Y’know, it’s everything you could ever hope for a in a dream getaway vacation spot, just be ready to deal with some tough ladies on arrival.
#3: Mega City One
Based in the year 2070, Judge Dredd’s Mega City One is one of the three remaining regions to have survived a cataclysmic nuclear war. Saying they survived isn’t much of a compliment however, as the city is as dreary, unpleasant and ridden with crime as you’d imagine a post-apocalyptic city being. The city is suffering from extreme overpopulation issues, with apartment buildings being jam packed with up to 50,000 people! If that sounds like too tight of a squeeze for you, join the club of people wandering the pollution-packed streets populated by ruthless gangs instead.
Home turf to a certain man of steel, Metropolis is as prestigious and metropolitan a city that you can imagine, perfectly mirroring the friendly and colourful characteristics of Superman himself. Metropolis is massive in scale and prosperous in terms of its well-developed economics. Superman co-creator Joe Shuster himself has stated in the past that the major metropolitan Canadian city Toronto has served as inspiration for Metropolis’ design, due to its impressively stunning skyline. Metropolis has even been referred to by Frank Miller as the perfect representation of New York City in the daytime.
Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions…
#1: Gotham City
If Metropolis is New York City in the daytime, Gotham is the blanket of night that makes everything seem a little less inviting. No, Gotham is not a nice place to live. Yes, it is populated by crooks, killers and corporate scumbags. This city is practically bursting at the seams with problems, but there’s never a dull moment: whether the Joker is filling the streets with his laughing gas or The Penguin is trying to run for mayor – there’s always something crazy, unexpected or downright evil going on. Additionally, Gotham’s bleakness lends itself nicely to a certain caped crusader, giving him plenty of dark back-alleys and rooftops to prowl across in his search for justice.