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Metropolis, Ill., basks in its Superman connection

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The Superman statue in downtown Metropolis, Ill. (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

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Metropolis, Ill. – The opening tomorrow (Wednesday) of the new Superman movie will bring fresh attention to the fictional city of Metropolis, but also to its real counterpart.

In the comics and movies, Metropolis is a city that never sleeps. But as KWMUs Tom Weber reports, the Ohio River town of the same name is really more like Smallville, the sleepy town where Superman grew up.

- To see more photos of Metropolis, and NPRs coverage of this story, click here.

- To hear a review of the movie from NPRs Kenneth Turan, click here.

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