Back in December 2014, SyFy announced that they were developing a Superman prequel series titled Krypton from Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David S. Goyer. The series would follow Kal-El’s grandfather and the early age of the planet that would one day face its horrible doom. Since then, other than being referenced in SyFy press releases for other projects, nothing has been said about this show until today.
Collider’s Steven Weintraub chatted with Goyer during a press event for Da Vinci’s Demons (that airs on Starz) and during the interview, he got some updates by Goyer about the Krypton project. As Krypton was done so well in the Man of Steel film, Goyer was asked how it would be presented on the television series in terms of budgets and practicality, to which he said the following:
“In terms of production value, you have to pick your moments. It will definitely, should we make the show there will definitely be some big moments. It won’t be wall to wall visual effects every single moment, spectacle, in the way that the film will be, but we’ll also be digging into the characters and the culture a lot more.”
Comicbook.com was also present at the same press junket and in their interview with Goyer, he reveals another detail that had not been known before: Krypton will be the first show to actually have a connection with the DC Extended Universe, which is something that the DCTV shows on CBS, CW and FOX aren’t part of.
“It takes place 200 years before Man of Steel. We’re treating Krypton like it’s a historical piece. We look to previous cultures on Earth to model what that would be like.”
With the great representation that Krypton had in the Man of Steel film and with Goyer being connected to this show too, it makes sense why they would want to have it connected with the DCEU. It won’t affect their larger plans in the present time of the cinematic universe and if the show is done right, the people that loved the aspects of Krypton in the movie, will get to enjoy it more on a weekly basis.
As of right now, Krypton hasn’t gotten a pilot order yet by SyFy and is currently only in development stages, but based on Goyer’s new comments: you may hear some positive news in the very near future.
“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.”