It still doesn’t have an official name, but the DC-branded digital service already has one live-action series, Titans, deep into production and airing at some point this year along with two animated offerings (including the return of Young Justice). And now they’ve announced another, as Gotham producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon will be showrunning Metropolis.
Similar to the FOX-airing Gotham, Metropolis will focus on the titular city before Superman’s arrival, and centers on the adventures of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in what sounds a bit like the premise of early Fringe or The X-Files.
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND DC ENTERTAINMENT TO TRANSPORT
VIEWERS TO METROPOLIS, AN ALL-NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES FROM
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JOHN STEPHENS AND DANNY CANNON
FOR THE UPCOMING DC-BRANDED DIGITAL SERVICE
New Drama Will Begin Production Later This Year, with First Season of
13 Episodes to Debut in 2019
BURBANK, Calif. (January 30, 2018) — Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that Gotham executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon will explore the world of Metropolis in an all-new live-action drama series to air exclusively on the upcoming DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service, operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks.Metropolis has received a direct-to-series order for a first season of 13 episodes and will go into production later this year for a debut on the service in 2019.
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.
John Stephens (Gotham, Gossip Girl, The O.C., Gilmore Girls) and Danny Cannon (Gotham, Nikita, CSI series) are the executive producers of Metropolis. Danny Cannon will direct the first episode, from a teleplay by John Stephens, with story by Cannon and Stephens. Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC, Metropolis is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
The order for Metropolis marks the fourth announced series for the new DC digital service, which will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans. Additional programs include Warner Bros. Television’s live-action drama Titans, as well as Warner Bros. Animation’s Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.
For updates on Metropolis and the other exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visit www.DCFanUpdates.com.
So we’ve got a series about Krypton before it explodes on Syfy, and one about Metropolis before he arrives coming to streaming, and a show about his cousin in Supergirl on The CW. Quite an embarrassment of Superman-related riches (hopefully) these days. Fingers crossed for an announcement on a new Superman movie at SDCC this summer so we can get more of Kal-El himself in action soon. It’d be a nice way to cap off his 80th Anniversary!
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