The squaring of the circle?
Retooling the Republican Party?
I scoff at these minor puzzles.
For I have achieved a working estimate of...
THE SIZE OF CENTRAL CITY.
One picture. One picture out of the zillions of pictures of the ridiculous geography of Central City has made this estimate possible. Here it is:
Note that Central City has no apparent rivers or roads transiting it. There is no escape from Central City, unless you can achieve escape velocity, like Flash.
Flash states that he's traveling at just outside a hundred mile radius from the center of the city (in fact, the point where Gorilla Grodd is standing-- but that's not important right now). Now, the perspective makes things a little tricky (in Central City, perspective is always a problem). But with a little measuring, I estimate that Central City is roughly a square whose diameter is 37.5 miles.
That would make Central City about 1406.7 square miles.
Let's put that in perspective.
When you exclude consolidated city-counties (which are just plain cheating, and a different animal entirely), the U.S. city with the largest land area is Oklahoma City (no big shock there), with 607 square miles.
Central City is 2.3 times larger than Oklahoma City.
Yes, that's the approximate size of Central City compared to the state of Kansas. Central City is the only city with a multi-story phone book.
So, how many people live in Central City? It's a toughie, but we'll guestimate it anyway. As mentioned, Central City is about 62 times larger than Manhattan. Let's start with that. Now, on the one hand, Central City seems to be full of nothing but ridiculously broad avenues, sidewalks and plazas (all the better to fight Rogues in). That would make it seem much less dense than Manhattan. BUT...
there don't seem to be ANY buildings in Central City under 20 stories, and most seem to be MUCH higher. Of course, on the other hand, every room in Central City is about four times larger than any room in a normal city. So, I'm going to call it a wash: let's assume Central City is as densely populated -- at least -- as Manhattan.
Manhattan's population is about 1.62 million. And Central City is 62 times larger than Manhattan. Ergo,
the estimated population of Central City is at least 100 million.
Central City has the equivalent of three Californias worth of citizens, or four Texases, or five New Yorks. No wonder Flash has trouble finding the Rogues!
Comparing Central City's population to country populations, Central City is just smaller than Mexico and just larger than the Phillipines. It's a good chunk heftier than Germany and Vietnam. And it's got France beat without breaking a sweat (not that that's particularly difficult).