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Live-Action Metropolis Series Ordered For DC Digital Service

The stories of Superman's city from the days before he moved in will be told in a new series, Metropolis, coming to DC Digital Service in 2019, according to a report by Variety.

The series hails from John Stephens and Danny Cannon, writers and executive producers of the Batman hometown prequel series Gotham on Fox. 

Previously, Metropolis was being considered for a spot on the same network, serving as a sister series. Instead, Metropolis will join the live-action superhero series Titans, the animated Harley Quinn, and the animated Young Justice: Outsiders as part of the exclusive launch programming of DC's upcoming streaming service.

The show has been ordered straight to series for a 13 episode first season. Cannon will direct the first episode from a script written by Stephens, who will serve as showrunner on the series.

Metropolis will cover the City of Tomorrow in the era before Superman's arrival, focusing on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they explore the dark secrets of the city, Lois with her journalism, and Lex with his fringe science. 

For more from the world around the Man of Steel, you can check out the unrelated Superman prequel, the outer-space set Krypton, when it premieres on Syfy this year.