Syfy orders Superman prequel TV show Krypton to series. With the rise in popularity of comic book superhero movies, the genre has also found plenty of success on television. The CW has expanded their DC TV universe to include four separate superhero shows - Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl - with the network recently ordering a fifth to series in Black Lightning. Fox has also found success with DC Comics series Gotham and Lucifer, while Marvel TV has set up television shows at ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Freeform.
Another DC Comics project that has been in development for some time is Krypton, created by The Dark Knight and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer. The project has been in development at Syfy, with the network ordering a Krypton pilot last spring and casting announcements arriving in the fall. Now, after mysterious teasers surfaced for the Krypton pilot earlier this year, Syfy has officially granted the show a series order.
The Wrap is reporting that Syfy has ordered Krypton and two other pilots to series. Though it's unclear when Krypton or the other series are expected to premiere, Syfy is launching a brand reboot on June 19. The network also released an official description of Krypton:
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, “The Halcyon”) — 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 is serving as executive producer on Krypton and he penned the script for the pilot with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow, Stargate SG-1), who will also serve as an executive producer as well as the series' showrunner. Cameron Cuffe stars as Superman's grandfather Seg-El, and he is joined by Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod, Ian McElhinney as Seg-El's grandfather Val-El, Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, Ann Ogbomo as Alura Zod, Rasmus Hardiker as Kem, Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex, and Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em.
As revealed by the Krypton series description and previous reports about the show, it will follow Superman's Kryptonian ancestors on his home planet generations before it's destroyed (the event that sets young Kal-El on the path to becoming a superhero on Earth). Additionally, as evidenced by the name of fellow lead character Lyta Zod, Krypton will depict the family of classic Superman villain General Zod.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether Krypton will find success by diving into the history behind the well-known origin story of Superman - especially since even casual comic book fans know what happens to the planet of Krypton. But, with DC film veteran Goyer involved and a boost of confidence from Syfy with this series order, fans will a chance to see Krypton for themselves once the series debuts.
Krypton will premiere on Syfy.
Source: The Wrap