Given the popularity of comic book and superhero properties in recent years, there has been a boom of television series based on Marvel and DC Comics characters. With burgeoning or established superhero universes at ABC, The CW, and Netflix, many other networks have tried their hands at comic book programs – such as CBS’s foray into the House of El with Supergirl.
However, Kara Danvers isn’t the only relative of Kal-El to receive the TV treatment; David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight) has been developing the Superman prequel series Krypton for Syfy since late 2014. Now, after reports that Krypton was close to a pilot order from the network, Syfy has officially confirmed the news.
Syfy announced that Krypton has been officially ordered to pilot, with Goyer on board to executive produce; he also penned the pilot script with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Additionally, Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, while Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) will direct the pilot. Syfy revealed official plot details for the Superman prequel series:
[Krypton is] set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. Krypton will follow Superman’s grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
Goyer previously spoke about his fascination with the world of Krypton while writing the script for Man of Steel, saying, “there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to use in the film” that weren’t included in the final cut of the movie. He additionally said that Krypton would delve deeper into the culture of Superman’s home planet, as well as the characters who populate it two generations prior to Kal-El’s birth.
Certainly, based on the plot details and Goyer’s comments, it seems Krypton will dig deeper into an aspect of Superman’s history that has yet to be explored at length in any live-action superhero story – save for the destruction of Krypton being used as an origin point for the House of El superheroes. Additionally, given Goyer’s previous work with both Superman and his Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice co-lead, Krypton has potential to offer something new to the current landscape of superhero television.
That being said, Krypton may also face the problems of other prequel shows: whether or not the series will be able to provide a compelling storyline when the majority of the audience already knows the outcome – in this case, the destruction of Krypton that results in Kal-El being sent to Earth. Krypton may be able to avoid the issues seen on Gotham (which has struggled to avoid being a Batman origin story) by separating itself from Kal-El through two generations of his family. But, it remains to be seen whether Krypton will deliver an exciting prequel series in addition to compelling superhero programming – that is, if the show makes it past the pilot stages of development.
We’ll bring you more information on Krypton as it becomes available.