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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 1:01pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Another SUPERMAN-themed prequel is in the works in the form of Metropolis, a live-action show developed by DC for its new digital service alongside the live-action Titans. The series will revolve around Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane and the villainous Lex Luthor in the years before Superman arrived in the city.

So, we will have two Superman shows... without Superman. *sigh*

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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

GOTHAM is horrible. Why replicate it?
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 1:16pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'd much prefer a solo Superman series. Since the days of SMALLVILLE - which I hated (and stopped watching) - it seems they'll do everything to contrive a Superman-less super series.
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 3:02pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My guess -- and a guess is all it is -- is that they think they're being terribly clever. Remember, LOIS & CLARK started out as a show with no Superman. That notion was ditched before the cameras rolled.
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 3:44pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I am curious about the reluctance for a live-action Superman series (I know he's in the SUPERGIRL show).

SMALLVILLE didn't interest me after a while. Now there's this premise - I accept Mr Byrne may be right - and I just cannot help think that a Superman series, done well, would be interesting.

Same with Spider-Man. Again, it'd have to be done well, but do we have a web-slinger appearance once every 2-3 years via film? Or do we have a TV series? I'd prefer the latter. 
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 7:18pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

It seems that genre TV and films have become fixated on foreplay. That is, sequels/prequels/spin-offs which contain "exciting" Easter Eggs and hints of familiar characters and elements, but keep dancing around them rather than getting to the main event.

It's basically pop culture c*** teasing.

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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 7:20pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Saw this thread and was thinking the Fritz Lang Metropolis. Disappointed.
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I wonder if it'll move to the CW after one season?

Superman isn't Batman and Clark isn't Bruce. Bruce will be Batman... someday. Clark, when he takes the job at the Daily Planet, IS Superman. And I cannot imagine having Clark in a show without having Superman in it (no matter the hazy, confused plans of the producers.)

The way this MIGHT work is A) to utilize the Metropolis SCU, including Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin and the Guardian - a lot of which are already in use in "Supergirl", but this show doesn't seem a great concept to begin with, so let's dream, and B) to show the Daily Planet staff and newspaper vs Lex Luthor and his machinations. Problem - without Superman, what kind of ire can Luthor have about a crusading newspaper? Heck, he might even support it as a harmless outlet for those who live in his city but want to spout off pointlessly.

I can't feel very optimistic about this show. Just can't.
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Posted: 31 January 2018 at 3:03pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

 Greg Nyman wrote:
Saw this thread and was thinking the Fritz Lang Metropolis. Disappointed.

Imagine how I felt, in an age before the internet, when a 1982 film called THE THING was released. Cool, a film about Benjamin Grimm, right? Erm, no...
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I would welcome a good SUPERMAN show any day! But they seem dead against making it, preferring instead to use him in shitty movies and then stick to "prequels" on TV. 
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I don't watch GOTHAM and have little interest in KRYPTON or METROPOLIS. Sorry--prequels just aren't that interesting to me.
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I found myself catching a few minutes of the tail end of GOTHAM waiting for THE ORVILLE. And just those few minutes were enough to make that vein in my temple throb.

And Bat-fans LIKE this???

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This Bat-fan didn't. 
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This Bat-fan doesn't care for it at all.

Damnation, we KNOW it isn't very tasty; it hasn't been picked up by the CW yet. :)
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Posted: 02 February 2018 at 4:30pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I find that most people I talk to who are still watching GOTHAM are doing it out of sunken-cost fallacy or “hatewatching” it. 

When I first tried GOTHAM, I was hoping it would be about “Jim Gordon, the last honest cop in Gotham, dealing with the Falcone Crime Family”. It half-heartedly did that for less than a season and focused more on being Batman without Batman. And if I’m reading the commercials correctly, they rectified that by having teenaged Bruce Wayne start his vigilantism early. Yuck. 
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Posted: 02 February 2018 at 5:46pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I do think we have reached prequel overload in recent years. I mean, did the world really lobby for an Inspector Clouseau prequel?!

Some things are best left to the imagination, anyway. I was always intrigued by the idea of a young Columbo series, set when he was in uniform. But would it work? I doubt it. Would it be the same as seeing Peter Falk in the role? Highly unlikely.

I just wish they'd make a Superman series.

Coming soon: "New Mexico: The Series", a Hulk-less show where a young Betty Ross, on an internship at Gamma Base, kicks the asses of supervillains each week.
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