Superman Prequel Series ‘Krypton’ Nearing a Pilot Order at Syfy

     April 21, 2016


Whether or not the DC universe is thriving on the big screen really depends on who you ask, though we can all agree it’s doing well for itself on television. As The CW continues to expand its Arrow-verse, which now even includes the parallel dimension of Supergirl on CBS, Syfy is moving ahead with its Superman prequel series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy is closing in on a deal to produce a pilot of Krypton, a project that has been in the works since 2014. David S. Goyer, who worked on the scripts for Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, developed the concept with Once Upon a Time’s Ian Goldberg. It tells of a Krypton years before Superman, focusing instead on Kal-El’s grandfather who works to bring hope and equality to the planet. Colm McCarthy (Sherlock) will direct under showrunner Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow).


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Goyer gave Collider an update on Krypton later last year, saying:

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.

It’s unclear if this series will somehow be connected to any of the other DC properties airing at the moment, or even with the big screen iterations. Given Goyer’s involvement, it seems possible. Remember, too, when the producers of Arrow initially said there would be no supernatural or superhuman events, and now look at the show. On the opposite side, though, is Gotham, which has been standing on its own as a Batman and Commissioner James Gordon origin story for Fox. (Editor’s Note: That’s a parallel universe best left forgotten).