Earlier this year, we got our first taste of a Batman-less Batman series with Gotham. Now, we’ll be getting a Superman-less Superman series in the form of Krypton, a new TV series being developed for Syfy by David S. Goyer and Ian Goldberg.
The one-hour drama series was rumored earlier this year, and now it seems that it wasn’t just hearsay after all. Goyer, who is currently DC’s go-to guy for developing projects (e.g. Constantine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel) will executive produce the series alongside Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, FlashForward). Though Goldberg will write the teleplay, the story was conceived by Goyer and Goldberg together.
Here’s the official description:
“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”
Hey, at least we won’t have to see Batman’s parents die again! In all seriousness, though, the prospect of deep space political intrigue on Superman’s eventual homeworld sounds like a fresh, engaging take on the superhero TV genre that we haven’t exactly seen yet. If they can tap into that same tone as Battlestar Galactica or Caprica, then Syfy might be able to make this prequel story one well worth your time.
Far and away, one of the most fascinating parts of 2013’s Man of Steel wasn’t the sheer amount of civilian life lost during Superman’s mid-Metropolis battle with General Zod. Rather, it was the sequences that took place at the film’s outset on Superman’s homeworld of Krypton where we saw a highly advanced society torn apart across partisan lines as it hurtles towards its impending destruction.
And before you try to make a tired joke about you already knowing how the series ends, let me remind you that the Titanic sinks, Mark Wahlberg is the lone survivor, and James Franco had to cut his own arm off. All of these are compelling stories in spite of the fact that we already know how they end. Remember — it’s not just about the destination; it’s how you get there.
What could the show possibly look like? Back in late October, we broke down on Nerdist News how Krypton could be DC’s answer to Game of Thrones:
Are you excited for a Krypton TV series? What would you like to see from it? Let us know in the comments below or tell me on Twitter (@Osteoferocious).