Gotham showed us Batman's city before Batman. Now thanks to a new DC Comics series, we'll get to see Superman's city before Superman.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television announced Tuesday that they've given a 13-episode direct-to-series order to Metropolis, a live-action series set to launch on DC's upcoming consumer direct digital streaming service. The series will explore the title city at a time before Superman arrives on the scene, and will focus specifically on one of his greatest allies and one of his greatest foes. Here's the official synopsis via the press release:
"Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets."
It's not clear yet how many other classic Superman characters might turn up on the show, but if Lois Lane is in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising to see people like Perry White and Jimmy Olsen turn up. It will also be particularly interesting to see Lois take a leading role, revealing the gifted reporter and investigator she was before Clark Kent ever showed up at the Daily Planet.
Metropolis will be executive produced by John Stephens and Danny Cannon, two of the minds behind Gotham. Cannon is set to direct the pilot episode, while Stephens will script it based on a story they collaborated on. The series is the fourth to launch on the new digital service, following the live-action Titans and the animated projects Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders. The show will enter production later this year ahead of a 2019 debut.
So, we now have two Superman prequels to look forward to: One set on his home planet (SYFY's Krypton) and one set on his adopted planet. Are you excited about Metropolis?