New Live-Action “Metropolis” Series Announced

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

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.

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Kent-Darr
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So DC actually have their own platform to make tv shows……. Start with a live action (Teen) Titans with full costumes etc and then announce Metropolis without Superman…well, until Clark shows up on a college trip or something of the like. It’s a bit strange considering a lot of fans are asking for DC controlled movies with less meddling from Warner Brothers. Guess this news won’t make a lot of fans happy but I will give it a chance, I do like the DCEU after all.

Kal-Ed
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Ditto Kent-Darr. Let’s wait and see.

liheibao
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Coming soon: The Fortress of Solitude! Thrill to the adventures within Superman’s personal sanctum. . .while he’s not there!

MattComics
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Clark Kent’s Glasses! Live the exciting adventures of Superman’s spectacles when their not on his face!

lcmcbain
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^ lol, I was thinking along the same lines. One day in the year 2050 or so a WB/DC exec will come up with an epiphany and actually suggest putting the superhero into their story and all the other execs will look on with wonder and awe.

Kal-Ed
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Hahaha. Too soon. Wait till 2080.

MattComics
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“..before the arrival of Superman”

The WB will do ANYTHING to keep from actually doing Superman. What’s Kryptonian for “This is some bulls**t!”

What’s next a show about Lara’s womb before she had sex with Jor-El?

Kal-Ed
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I always thought that Metropolis would be the logical follow-up to Smallville, with a full blown and established Superman on further adventures. And yet…WE Do get to see the premise…but without Superman. Even though I do look forward to see this, is it too much to ask for a new Superman series?

Next up…MCU: Metropolis!
MPD Blue!
NCIS: Suicide Slums!
Hobb’s Bay Five-O!
Dynasty: Luthorcorp!
The Luthor House!
Lane Ladies!
Slam Bradley!
White!

The possibilities are endless.

Spidey2878
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Another prequel superman show? Really???? Didn’t we just do this like six years ago in a show called Smallville??? I will give the show a chance, however I wish that they would stop tiptoeing around a Superman show and make one with Superman already. I mean yes it is cool that we will see a new version of Lex Luthor, and Lois Lane, however without Superman, they have taken the best part of his mythology. Which is Superman. What’s next? How about Metropolis 30 years after superman’s time? See how metropolis has change since the time of superman. Or maybe,… Read more »
cor2879
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It feels like we’ve been down this road before. Just give us a Superman show with Superman.

Spidey2878
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Why do I get the feeling that when we do eventually see superman,it will be in the last few seconds of the series finale?

MattComics
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Probably be lucky to get a tiny red and blue CG man hovering in the distance then fade to black.

Spidey2878
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Yeah that’s if we’re lucky

MattComics
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All ranting aside I have to say another frustrating thing is that I don’t actually think having Lois as a protagonist is necessarily a bad idea in and of itself. The premise of a duo investigating strange things going on in Metropolis would be great for Lois and Clark and you could even do it from Lois’s point of view, seeing Superman and Clark through her eyes. But instead her investigative partner is…Lex Luthor. Also, I know people are fond of the refrain that these fictional cities are like characters in their own way and in a sense I can… Read more »
sundevil82
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I’m not much of a Gotham fan, but at least that has some sort of version of Bruce Wayne. Without even Clark I’m not very interested. I mean I’ll give it a chance, but c’mon… I feel like Superman fans are being trolled now.

sundevil82
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So I guess it’s just protocol now to just cut Superman out of everything superman related? Smallville: ‘no flights no tights.’ Supergirl: ‘let’s mine his best stories and just show him in like 3 episodes only to tell her she’s better.’ Batman v Superman: ‘let’s just give all the story arc to batman. Superman will just kind of be there to beat up.’ Justice League: ‘he’s barely in it, but you can feel his presence.’ Krypton: ‘if you thought Superman was boring, wait until you meet his grandpa!’ Man of steel sequel: ‘Maybe, but first about 3 Harley Quinn movies,… Read more »
Spidey2878
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I sort of feel that this is insulting to Superman fans. To have the city he protects, the love of his life Lois, and his arch nemesis Lex Luthor in a show without Superman. Sort of like getting a birthday gift only there’s nothing in the box. A lot of pretty wrapping paper and a nice bow, but no actual gift.

MattComics
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Also kind of re-enforcing the notion that Superman’s lame by basically saying “..but his stuff is cool.”

sundevil82
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Yeah that kind of irks me too when you see his rogues gallery going up against other heroes.

MattComics
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That doesn’t bother me as much because at least in the comics that’s counter balanced by seeing them appear in Superman’s own book as well. Though I do agree with you that Superman stories is the primary place we should be seeing them. Now for Supergirl’s tv show I don’t mind them sharing some rouges I just wish they didn’t write them in a way that had their origin stories debut on her side of things when you could easily just have them show up in National City having had a history with Superman before. With WB it’s kind of… Read more »
Spidey2878
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At first when I saw the words metropolis live-action TV show I thought “wow are they making a follow up series to Smallville?” But then as I was looking into what the description was for the series was,my excitement dropped.

Major bummer.

sundevil82
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In the immortal words of a great general ‘You… Are Not… Alone.’

approuty
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I agree with you guys about this, it sucks that Superman is not the main focus. But to be fair, Gotham is a show without Batman and its focus is on Coommissioner Gordon instead. Sure Bruce Wayne is there but no Batman.

Spidey2878
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Why am I getting the feeling of déjà vu? Oh wait, I remember now. Smallville!!!

Spidey2878
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There new motto for this new show could be,
No tights
No flights
No Superman

MattComics
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(Booming Marlon Brando Jor-El voice)
It is forbidden!

Spidey2878
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Exactly!

svillar13
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The way DC has been surprising us with their shows I have a feeling that this will go maybe on season then on the season 1 finale we see Lois on-board a space plane and a mysterious figure saving it from crashing. Season 2 could still be Metropolis from the viewpoint of Lois and Superman and Clark be supporting characters.

Spidey2878
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“Season 2 could still be Metropolis from the viewpoint of Lois and Superman and Clark be supporting characters.”

I’d settle for that. At least then we’d see Superman from time to time.

cor2879
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Didn’t Lois and Clark kind of start out that way though? Maybe not totally but Lois and Clark definitely had more screen time than “Superman” in the first season. By the end it was unarguably a Superman show. I think it would be very hard to maintain an entire series like that without Superman overshadowing the other characters.

Spidey2878
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Lois and Clark, that was a great show. Ya know I met Dean Cain last year at New Jersey’s comic fest . Great guy. He really does know how to treat Superman fans. He showed true Superman character. I hope I meet other actors who have played Superman one day.

Spidey2878
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I wish DC would realize that there is a huge fan base for Superman. I mean just look at us fans. Here on this webpage. I see a lot of fans here want a good Superman show. I just don’t understand why DC doesn’t give the fans what they want. And we want a good Superman Show.

Kal-Ed
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I’ll tell you! But is just my 2 cents on the matter: The Management does not feel that Superman is the big money making machine or that much of a cultural reference. He is a product that they can place in any show in name since he is been around for so long. They dare not make a show about him like they did in the 50s, the 80s and 90s (Superboy and Lois & Clark) because the management thinks he is dated and not as edgy to appeal to modern audience. Shame really. The greatest goldmine was always there… Read more »
New Roosterman
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Sorry, but I for one am not looking forward to this. I don’t need to see a re-run of a Gotham style program, srt in Metropolis, but without Superman or Clark Kent.

dragon22a
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The thing that made Gotham work is that the city’s crime and corruption is important to the birth of Batman. Not only was it the cause of the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne but the overall corruption of the city is what made Gotham a place that needed a vigilante dressed as a bat to save it. Metropolis might have some interesting aspects but honestly it is just not that important to the Superman story. Clark chose the city because it was large and had a newspaper that would likely get news of emergencies that he needed to respond… Read more »
SupermanArmy
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Excited for Krypton, not excited for this. It may hinge on who they cast as Lois to garner my attention. So our stars are going to “investigate fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.” Sounds a little like the X-Files, no?

Spidey2878
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“Sounds a little like the X-Files, No?”
In the captions contest I made a joke on the x-files called the ex-files.
This is kind of awkward.

Spidey2878
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And for their next series,
The Phantom zone. See the adventures of Krypton’s worst criminals in the galaxy’s worst prison!

Spidey2878
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wait, DC Digital Service? Is that Netflix? Or is it CW or Syfi? I don’t have Netflix, so if I can’t watch it when it airs then I guess I’ll just have to wait for a dvd release

Spidey2878
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I was thinking, a couple of weeks ago there was the news that Supergirl was casting for a Lois Lane. Is it possible that the casting wasn’t meant for Supergirl, but for this show instead? or maybe both? I mean to have two different versions of Lois Lane on TV might confuse people. On the other hand, maybe there will be two different versions of Lois. I guess I’m just going to have to wait and see.

NeoRanger
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Press F to pay respects to the standards we used to have, before someone decided tuning in for Gotham wouldn’t have consequences for comic book-based television.

I have absolutely no interest in this whatsoever. Also, it sounds like X-Files minus the attitude and style, so yeah, I’m out.

LarGand
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Well … this sounds kind of superfluous. We’ve had Smallville, we’re getting Krypton, and now … a showcase for a young Lois Lane? And yet ANOTHER show with Luthor in it? And, of course, they’re now going to start to go through Superman’s entire rogues’ gallery of villains (which ‘Supergirl’ is already kind of doing), but without Superman, so what is the point? I’m a sucker, so I’ll probably watch at least the first few episodes – I just really, really hope they do a better job of this than ‘Gotham’, because that show is 100% awful. But they probably… Read more »
MattComics
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Not really fond of the notion that Superman fans should be happy for scraps from the table especially when WB won’t even invite the guest of honor to the feast.

Lana2k5
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Agreed. As Dr. Evil said, “Throw me a frickin’ bone here, okay?”