DC Universe Re-Develops “Metropolis” Series

While Syfy has its own live-action “Superman” prequel series with “Krypton,” the producers of FOX’s “Gotham” have also been developing their own version “Metropolis”.

Today though comes word from Deadline that the project, which originally scored a straight-to-series order for DC’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service DC Universe, is headed back into re-development.

“Metropolis” follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets before the arrival of the Man of Steel.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will retool the project, the second time it has done so following the first that came after FOX declined on picking up the project as a companion series for “Gotham”.

After that pass, “Metropolis” was then intended to follow the currently filming “Titans” on the new streaming service. That’s no longer the case with plans to shoot later this year for a 2019 launch now in the air.

John Stephens and Danny Cannon remain attached as executive producers. DC Universe is slated to launch later this year with two live-action series – “Titans” and “Swamp Thing” – and the animated series “Harley Quinn” and “Young Justice: Outsiders”.