Deadline is reporting that a new Superman-prequel series called Metropolis is now in development for the DC Streaming Service and will premiere in 2019 from the executive producers of Gotham, the prequel series for Batman.
John Stevens and Danny Cannon are serving as executive producers and will direct the pilot episode based on a teleplay by John Stephens.
According to the report the series will consist of 13 episodes and will go into production later this year. Additional news from Variety is stating that FOX had passed on the opportunity to develop the series, so it was handed over to the DC streaming service.
The Series Description
Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis, based on the DC characters, follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.
Smallville on The CW also showcased the world before Superman, with the first 5 seasons taking place mainly in the town of Smallville and the last 5 seasons moving to Metropolis, but Clark Kent was the focus of the series, so it will be interesting to see what they will do without him.
During the Silver Age there were comics that focused on Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen called “Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane” and “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” but those still had Superman in the background. In the 90’s you also had a year after The Death of Superman where we saw the world without Superman, so there are stories told without Superman in them.
Metropolis serves as another prequel series that will use the world Superman is from to create new stories as Krypton is also being released soon by the SyFy channel.