Metropolis returns to the big screen, this time embodied by Detroit (which also stands in for Gotham...more on that in a moment). It's a bold choice. Instead of the larger-than-life art deco designs that marked the city in the animated incarnations of Superman, the city looks and feels like a
real metropolis...because it is! The wanton destruction of Man of Steel also remains, which provides a jumping off point for the plot, and a subtle reminder of the dangers of super powers, something the movie meditates on throughout.