The success of comic book TV series on different networks has started a revolution of sorts for decent-to-good TV shows. Most of them have been successful and that success is helping other shows to get green-lit to series. Fans will be happy to know that SyFy is moving forward with a new TV series that will focus on the grandfather of Superman, called Krypton.
While there were other shows before it, the recent comic book TV craze really got the most attention thanks to the success of Smallville over 10 years ago. Since then, there have been many comic book-based projects on multiple networks, some more successful than others. But since Superman kind of started it all, it seems only appropriate to go back in time to those that were in the family tree before him.
According to TV Line, SyFy is apparently close to placing the official order for the pilot of Krypton. It will be a prequel series that is going to center around Superman’s grandfather, a full 200 years in the past.
Superherohype reports that the series is going to delve deep into the past and explore the history of Superman’s home planet before being destroyed. The main protagonist in the series will be Kal-El’s grandfather.
An official synopsis for Krypton shows that there is a true plan in place, and the creators are hoping it gets off the ground.
“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.”
There are going to be a number of people working on the project that have had some experience in the comic book world before. The idea for Krypton comes from Davis S. Goyer (writer of The Dark Knight and Batman V Superman) and Ian Goldberg of Once Upon a Time.
Goyer is going to serve as executive producer of the pilot which will be written by Goldberg. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) is going to serve as showrunner and executive produce with Goyer, while Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who/Sherlock) will direct the pilot.
There is not much yet known about how the story of Krypton may end up connecting to the Superman world that is already out there. Goyer has said before that this series could be seen as a prequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel film, but that may have changed since then.
CBS’ Supergirl has had references and slight visions of Krypton in its series, but there hasn’t been a lot of time devoted to it. Recently, there has even been a connection between Supergirl and The Flash as the two series had a crossover episode that many fans were happy about.
With Krypton taking place so long ago in the past, there may not even be a reason to connect it with any other TV series.
Should the show be successful and end up having a pretty decent run, then there could be talk of continuity and connections. Maybe by the time it comes to an end, there could be a connection to the start of Smallville, but it has to get to that point first.
Krypton is being given a chance and SyFy hopes that it can replicate the other great network successes that has come from Arrow, Smallville, The Flash, and Supergirl. Netflix has had its own brand of success in the Marvel world with Daredevil and the soon-to-be-released Luke Cage. Now, it’s going to be interesting to see if the fans will be drawn to a time long before Superman when his grandfather stood strong.
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