People love superheroes. Just look at the buzz surrounding Black Panther, which has reached fever pitch a full two weeks before release. But superheroes can be hard to shrink down for the small screen thanks to their flashy powers and complex networks of stories. That’s how we get shows like Smallville, Gotham and the upcoming Syfy show Krypton. And, coming soon, Metropolis.
Superman can fly through the world so hard that he can kill a planet. Depending on what era you look at, he can fix the sun, reverse time, and just about anything else you can think up. That stuff is hard to film. So instead, Warner Bros. is going to circumvent that and try to show us what Superman’s adopted home of Metropolis looked like before he got there.
A summary from Warner Bros. and DC reads:
“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.”
Unlike Gotham, which features a younger Bruce Wayne as a significant character – who can even be seen suiting up in a sort of proto-Batsuit – Clark Kent won’t factor into Metropolis. Instead, Superman’s future true love and archnemesis will be teaming up for what sounds like a sort of Fringe/X-Files/mystery show.
Metropolis is in the early stages, and it’ll be appearing exclusively on DC Comics’ streaming service in 2019, joining the live-action Titans show currently in development as well as animated shows like Young Justice: Outsiders and a Harley Quinn-centric show.
If you can’t wait to get your non-Superman Superman show train rolling, Krypton hits Syfy on March 21, and the 10 seasons of Smallville shouldn’t be too hard to find.