While its film slate is still in its early stages, there’s little to be said against about the state of DC’s TV universe in terms of development (for the most part). It appears it’s about to get another addition to the roster thanks to David S. Goyer and the Superman origin story, in the form of Krypton.
A few weeks ago, word trickled out that Goyer was in the process of developing a new prequel series set on Superman's home world. Now those rumors are not only official, but we now know whicch network has dug deep for the new show.
According to a new report from IGN, Goyer and executive producer Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, FlashForward) have teamed with Syfy for the series, and released the first synopsis promising some new chapters in the superhero's live action history:
Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel's grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.
Both Goldberg and Goyer are the mastermind behind the pilot's story (unsurprising, given Goyer's work on Man of Steel) set to follow Jor-El's father - Superman's grandfather - with Goldberg handling script duties.
Should it go to series, Krypton would join the already running Arrow and Flash (which are a sure lock for second and fourth seasons respectively), as well as Gotham (should it be renewed),the currently in development Supergirl at CBS and TNT's Young Justice (should they go to series) and Constantine (if renewed by NBC).
At the moment, it appears DC’s all too happy with making television series which run independent of one another in order to expand their lead on rival Marvel - only just now be putting their second series on the air with Agent Carter as part of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe. Essentially a 'quantity over quality' strategy, though it’s hard to dispute the many who argue Flash and Arrow are the two best superhero shows currently running on the medium.
How all this relates to Krypton is hard to say, though. It’s unlikely the new series will tie back into Man of Steel or any of the other DC television projects, so the question is whether or not the powers that be can throw enough time, effort and money into the show to make it the best thing it can be. Unfortunately, we won’t know the answer to that until we see some footage.
What’s unclear at the moment is what this means for Goyer’s other DC project, Constantine, a series that just went into limbo when NBC opted to cease production after the first 13-episodes of season one but not outright cancel the series due to a lack of ratings data as the show didn’t premiere until late October, thus leaving little room to calculate the effect of DVR increases.
What are your hopes for a TV series based on Superman's homeworld? Did Man of Steel's take on the planet raise your hopes for what a Krypton TV series could be, or does the talent or network raise concerns? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The premiere date of Krypton is currently unknown.
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