Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainmnt have set pre-Superman drama METROPOLIS as their second live-action series for the planned DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.
Metropolis is set in the titular City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman and follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.
The show will go into production this year, with 13 episodes set to debut in 2019.
Fittingly, the new series will be executive produced by John Stephens and Danny Cannon, the writers and producers behind Fox’s Gotham, which is set in the fictional city most associated with Batman – but years before Bruce Wayne becomes the iconic superhero.
Stephens is writing the pilot, while Cannon will direct, based on an idea from both. The series is based on charactrs created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics.
The DC digital service has no official name yet, but will be home to Greg Berlanti’s Titans as well as two animated series, Harley Quinn and the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders, which originally ran on Cartoon Network for its first two seasons.
Linda Ge | TV Editor