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Syfy has ordered a pilot for “Krypton,” the long in-development Superman prequel series.

Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, “Krypton” tells the story of the Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is fighting to restore his family’s honor following a public disgrace. David S. Goyer, the screenwriter of “Batman Begins,” “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will write the pilot with Ian Goldberg and serve as executive producer through his company Phantom Four. Fellow exec producer Damon Kandler will serve as showrunner.

“’Krypton’ is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, executive vice oresident, scripted content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”

The pilot will be directed by Colm McCarthy. “Krypton” will be produced by Warner Horizon Television.

Variety first reported in 2014 that the series was in development at Syfy. Speaking about the project last year, Goyer hinted at its deep connection to the DC Comics universe, the basis for numerous recent television shows and movies.

“It involves more of the mythology than I think people realize,” Goyer said. “A lot more.”

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