DC Universe: The original plan for Metropolis series unveiled

Here’s what the cancelled Superman prequel series Metropolis could have looked like if it had made it to the DC Universe.

Metropolis was originally planned to serve as yet another Superman prequel, streaming on DC Universe in 2019. However, it was reportedly set to be retooled by Warner Bros instead. Strangely enough, its eventual replacement Swamp Thing, also met a similar fate, being cancelled but not before 10 episodes had aired on the streaming platform.

Metropolis was supposed to debut after DC’s flagship series, Titans but unfortunately it never came to fruition. Now, Geeks WorldWide has revealed some apparent new information about the-series-that-never-was, including a potential reason as to why it was ultimately cancelled.

The sci-fi drama series was supposed to see Lex Luthor and Lois Lane take center stage and, according to the report, it was developed as something more in line with The X-Files in Metropolis while bearing similarities to FOX’s Gotham and Epix’s Pennyworth (due to John Stephens and Danny Cannon’s involvement). Clark Kent, who would eventually become the Man of Tomorrow, was reportedly only going to be a supporting character but his superhero identity would neither appear nor be hinted at.

As reported by Variety, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television had developed Metropolis straight-to-series at the time Krypton under Syfy was in the works. Stephens would have served as the series’ Showrunner while Cannon was set to direct the pilot episode with the teleplay penned by Stephens. The synopsis for Metropolis was as follows:

Metropolis will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets. Airing exclusively on DC’s upcoming digital service, it promises to show us a wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow, before the emergence of Superman, and establish much of the Man of Steel’s world leading up to his arrival.”

Metropolis was reported to be cancelled in place of The CW’s Superman and Lois series starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch. It would have been interesting to see what Metropolis would have been like in comparison to such shows like Gotham or Smallville, and the catalyst that would have made Clark don the red and blue tights (if we ever saw him do so).

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Do you think Warner Bros. TV should have moved forward with Metropolis? Would you have watched Lois and Lex week to week? What sort of freak of the week do you think we would have gotten? Let loose in the comments below!