Gotham‘s EPs are ready to explore another DC comic-book locale.
John Stephens and Danny Cannon’s Metropolis, a live-action drama about the city before Superman’s arrival, has received a direct-to-series order for a 13-episode first season to air on DC’s upcoming digital service in 2019, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment announced Tuesday.
Like Gotham, Metropolis will follow familiar comic-book characters navigating the world before their respective heroes show up. In Metropolis‘ case, the story will center on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they “investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets,” according to the press release. Stephens penned the pilot, with Cannon set to direct.
Metropolis is the fourth announced series for DC’s new digital service, which will also house the live-action Titans and the animated series Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders. It is also the second upcoming Superman prequel series: Over at Syfy, the David Goyer-produced Krypton, which follows Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) on the titular planet, will premiere March 21. (For those itching to see Superman in the flesh on the small screen, Tyler Hoechlin most recently played the role in season 2 of Supergirl on The CW.)
Metropolis will go into production later this year and will debut on the service in 2019.