Bludhaven is somewhere in there, too.
Not any more!
Regarding this Metropolis/Gotham business, I've always thought that Metropolis was everything bright and good about NYC, while Gotham was everything dark and less desireable. One gives us those bright metropolitian gleaming skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of big American city life, the other takes us to the dark under bellies and crime alleys. It never occured to me to obsess over it any further than that.
As for Frank Miller, I dunno, I'm beginnning to think he should stay in Texas with Robert Rodriguez making "Sin City" movies for the foreseeable future. All his comic work in recent times has been pretty attrocious, bordering on super-hero sacrilige. "All-Star Batman and Robin" is, as Brian Bendis put it politely in a recent interview, "a corker". I think it's pretty obvious that DC simply pulled up to Miller's and Jim Lee's houses with big dump trucks full of money, emptying them in exchange for their doing carte blanche interpretation of Batman. The guys would be fools to turn down such a thing, but did they really have to go and create this... this... weird mockery?? The sad part about it is that DC could've learned this lesson perfectly well five years ago with DK2, but they obviously did not. I suppose it is possible that All-Star Batman & Robin could turn around and become an okay title beyond it's most recent third issue (which is now a few months old), but the other All-Star title, Superman, has proven in only two issues that a carte blanche interpretation of a super hero icon can indeed be wonderful. I'm not holding my breath for Miller to pull this one out.
I'm probably being overly harsh on Lee, but what the hay, I've never been a huge fan of his stuff. As for Miller, I just wish he'd leave Batman alone at this point. Al Qaeda? Do we really need that? And shouldn't he, at the very least, get caught up on the book he's currently supposed to be penning? (For those not in the know, ASB&R is chronically very, very, late.) To be fair, I did recently read that Jim Lee admitted the book's tardiness was his fault for overbusying himself. But that only goes to show that he's not taking his duty to the book very seriously, either.
With only two chronically late titles, DC's All-Star brand seems to have fizzeled out already. Did they run out of "all-stars" to create the books, I wonder? An All-Star Wonder Woman is a must, as that's the major character who could use such re-imagining the most. Why not dump a bunch of cash on Joss Whedon, and let him give some of his WW ideas a test run before his feature film rolls around to production?
Anyhow, I've gotten off track a little, but at least it's a little more on track than the DC geography stuff...