Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’ Receives Pilot Order at Syfy

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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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  1. JGNY says:

    Make Welling the grandpop…….

  2. That's What She says:

    So, “Gotham In Space”?

    • Master Sidius says:

      Hopefully not. Gordon did things in Gotham that he would NEVER do in the comics many times. But his integrity was Completely destroyed while he decided to bring a guy out to watch Penguin beat him to death with a baseball bat. That was the last episode i watched, and should have quit long before it.

      Krypton has amazing potential , just like Gotham once did as a Gordon origin story, so I won’t judge it until I have seen enough of it. Hopefully they can expand on the mythology, since i was always interested in Krypton and how they might have lived and what kinds of tech they would have had.

      Also, Doomsday’s origins got me interested in the more brutal past they may have had, and if we’re lucky there may be references to their harsher history in there. Hopefully no guest appearances by Doomsday though, he’s done that in too many things already lol. A bit played out now and probably floating on some rock in deep space by the time this show is supposed to be taking place.

  3. Daniel Eugene says:

    Generally I don’t judge TV shows, casting, or story before seeing the final product. But good lord, they have the nerve to say this is “one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe” without any of the iconic characters who make it worth watching? Why do we keep getting knock-offs of what people really want? We get a Supergirl series instead of a Superman series, because feminism and equality. Then we get Gotham, because everyone is really interested in seeing 12yo Bruce Wayne throw a punch instead of Batman beating a room full of thugs. We get Arrow which was basically a Batman with a bow for the first season. I don’t get it. What’s so hard about making a Batman TV series?

    • That's What She says:

      Because the cartoons did it better, so why bother. Any “live action” will need animation in it to make it work at all, so no loss there.

  4. Joe says:

    Sure, why not.

  5. Toby says:

    Sorry, but Damian Kindler was involved in the debacle of Sleepy Hollow. Will not watch anything where those guys are involved.

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