Why Metropolis Is so Affluent

There's absolutely no mystery when it comes to why Metropolis seems so rich and technologically progressive (as opposed to Gotham, which is a stinking cesspool):
Superman allows his city to save its money on street sweeping, and construction, and obviously law enforcement, firefighting, etc. One wonders when he finds the time to play reporter, with all these chores he gets roped into doing.

We'd have world peace, an end to disease, and to death-by-natural-disaster by now if Superman would only learn to say no once in a while.

(Where the hell did that giant broom come from...?)

7 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Hmm. Really, really good point. Especially sine as it has been brought up before, that Batman would be more effective against crime if he used his money more to fund more anti-crime programs, feed the hungry,and funnel more money to the cops and better equip them to battle Gotham's criminal element.

Maybe there's a point there, but its not as fun.

As fr that giant brush, maybe he keeps it on hand when Olsen develops giant powers during one of his weird powers of the week thing, so Jimmy can clean himself and his teeth?;)

Siskoid said...

To his credit, Bruce Wayne did do a lot of that, especially in the 80s when the Wayne Foundation was a big thing.

I think it's the brush Superman uses to sweep logic under the carpet.

Thomas Mitchell said...

I'd ask where he keeps that giant broom when it's not in use, but the answer is obvious -- next to the giant key to his fortress!

Siskoid said...

Sure. In the giant closet next to the door.

LiamKav said...

"Hmm. Really, really good point. Especially sine as it has been brought up before, that Batman would be more effective against crime if he used his money more to fund more anti-crime programs, feed the hungry,and funnel more money to the cops and better equip them to battle Gotham's criminal element."

Bruce Wayne absolutely does do that. There's a small thread running through Morrisons run where Batman stops a girl living on the streets who's commiting petty crimes, and gets her a job with Wayne Enterprises.

The cliche (after "Bruce Wayne is the mask, Batman is the real person") is that all Batman does is punch robbers and the mentally insane, but he's also constanlty funding new developments, hospitals, setting up charities. Bruce Wayne does as much for that city as Batman does.

Siskoid said...

These characters have too many facets to be pigeon-holed as a single thing.

Superman can be Truth, Justice and the American Way AND a reason for unions to worry.

Martin Gray said...

What Batman should be doing is funding gun control legislation - I'd love to see DC be that brave.

 

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