In the past, Superman has received the prequel treatment in the past, usually as full-time Clark Kent. According to Deadline, the latest Superman prequel, Metropolis, will instead focus on Lois Lane and the man of steel's arch nemesis Lex Luthor. The show will be made for a DC Comics-focused digital streaming service headed up by Warner Bros., and 13 episodes of the drama series have already been ordered. It goes into production later this year and is set to premiere in 2019.
The show chronicles the lives of both Lane and Luthor before Superman arrives, as they look into and uncover strange, dark happenings in the City of Tomorrow. Executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens are already on board, along with their expertise for bringing prequels to life from their work on Fox's Gotham.
This isn't the only Superman prequel coming to screen in the near future, as Syfy Network's Krypton is set to take place 200 years before Kal-El's (better known as Clark Kent or Superman, of course) birth.
The new DC-focused digital service has also already ordered three other shows in addition to Metropolis, including Titans, the animated series Harley Quinn, and Young Justice: Outsiders. There are no real details about the service just yet beyond that it's launching sometimes in 2018 and that it's been in development for at least a few years.