Thursday, June 22, 2006

Real-life Metropolis Flying High As ‘Superman Returns’

METROPOLIS, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Superman Returns could be the return of big bucks to Metropolis, Illinois – which claims to be the Man Of Steel’s hometown.

That’s according to Jim Hambrick, who runs the town’s Superman Museum and is president of the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce.

As he puts it, “It’s been a while since there’s been an actor in a Superman suit. Christopher Reeve did his last film in 1987.”

Hambrick says the town is already benefitting from the superhuman publicity juggernaut. Metropolis is seeing an influx of international tourists buying up memorabilia, for example.

The town held its 28th Annual Superman Festival earlier this month and Hambrick reports it was the best one yet.

Hambrick even served as a consultant on Superman Returns, using the museum’s original blueprints from the first film to build Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

But Hambrick says his town is so small, that “there’s only 7000 people here – and the only building worth jumping over is only seven stories tall.”

Which means real-life Metropolis residents will have to drive to a neighboring town just to see Superman Returns, which opens Wednesday (June 28).

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