While Gotham is a series that seems to face constant ridicule from fans thanks to some of its lazy storytelling and clashing tone, it’s managed to serve FOX fairly well for as long as it’s been on the air. Plus, with Disney likely soon taking over the network, it will bring a nice bit of consistency in the tumultuous times ahead for the network.
But what if you took the same idea behind Gotham — follow a very iconic city BEFORE its superhero shows up — and shift it over to its sister city of Metropolis, where Superman frequents? You get Metropolis. No, this is not a contest for least creative or exciting premises ever, but an actual thing that’s actually going to get made.
According to THR, DC Streaming Service is working with John Stephen and Danny Cannon, two producers behind Gotham, to bring this idea to fruition. This 13-episode series will (obviously) nix Superman, and instead focus on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, “as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.”
Believe it or not, production is set to begin this year, meaning that they’re likely hoping to get it going by the launch of the actual streaming service in 2019.
Okay, now for my thoughts…seriously, what the hell is this? Are they so out of ideas that they need to create a pre-Superman Metropolis? And unlike Gotham, they don’t really have the luxury of having subplots involving Clark Kent, since he will be over in Smallville doing his Smallville thing. That being said, I wouldn’t put it past them to shoehorn him in and create a whole retconned world where Lois Lane is somehow responsible for Clark Kent moving to Metropolis earlier and helping him save people even before he dons the cape.
At least Krypton has a unique time-travel element, and Gotham followed an interesting city. Not sure there’s nearly as much stuff going on in Metropolis as there is in Gotham City (though I’ll be happy to be proven wrong).
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