It’s been almost a year since we last heard word on the Syfy Superman prequel series Krypton, but according to executive producer David S. Goyer, not only is the show still in development, we can “hopefully” expect an official update on it pretty soon. Last December, we learned that Syfy was developing the series with Goyer, which would explore the history of Superman’s home planet via his grandfather, “as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest superhero ever known.”
Steve recently sat down with Goyer to discuss the new season of his Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons, and took the opportunity to ask Goyer about the status Krypton. Goyer not only confirmed the series still in development, but offered some insight into the time period and focus of the series. Watch what he had to say below, and scroll through to read his quotes.
For a lot of people, the Krypton-set Man of Steel prologue was a highlight of the film, and yeah, you got to watch Russell Crowe ride a soaring dragon beast, so, obviously. Goyer talked about having the opportunity to “pull back the curtain” on Superman’s home planet, but also noted that the initial script had forty pages worth of material set on Krypton, with the final cut amounting to just about 15 minutes.
Part of the fun of doing Man of Steel — and I was so insistent on setting that opening on Krypton and really seeing it, was pulling back the curtain. The first draft, the first forty pages were on Krypton, so we compressed that all down to fifteen minutes and there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to use in the film that didn’t ultimately make it into the film.
While some of those ideas may end up popping up in Krypton, there probably won’t be a ton of overlap since Goyer says the series is set “200 years before”. There’s also the small matter of TV budget and production value (though it’s worth noting that the network recently threw down a massive budget for their space epic The Expanse and the result is a fantastic looking pilot.) Even so, you’re not going to get an effects budget on par with a major studio blockbuster on Syfy, and Goyer knows it, pointing out that the series would pick it’s moments, and focus more intently on the characters and Kryptonian culture.
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.
Once Upon a Time and FlashForward alum Ian Goldberg conceived of the story for Krypton with Goyer and he is slated write the pilot and executive produce alongside the Man of Steel scribe. There’s definitely a lot of untapped potential in the concept of the society that forged Kal-El, and there’s a fun fantasy-meets-superhero-meets-sci-fi appeal as well.
If you missed Goyer talking about his reaction after seeing Batman v Superman, click here.