Woah, woah, woah! There is big news in the DC Comic Universe this week!
Variety reports that the Syfy network is in the final stages of securing a deal with David Goyer for the rights to his Superman prequel Krypton. The deal would be for a pilot order with the potential to become a regular series (hopefully). It was announced back in 2014 by Variety that Goyer was looking to sign a deal for the new series.
Goyer is responsible for screenwriting movies Batman Begins, Man of Steel, and the most recent box office mega-hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. His credibility as a writer proves he is more than capable of creating a good series about the history of Superman’s home planet during his grandfather’s generation.
The series would revolve around Kal-El’s grandfather and his struggle to repair the tarnished honor of the House of El while simultaneously trying to restore hope among citizens and bring equality to the people. Not much is known outside the comics about the Man of Steel’s heritage but Goyer wishes to change that with this comic inspired television adaption by diving directly into his grandfather’s timeline.
Signing on with Goyer to write the story will be Ian B. Goldberg, who is credited with writing stories for ABC’s Once Upon A Time and FlashForward, and Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Goyer and Goldberg will be working together co-producing the series while Goyer steps into more of an executive producer role and Damian Kindler steps in as show runner.
Colm McCarthy is slated to be directing the pilot. McCarthy has experience directing science fiction based shows such as Sherlock, Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, and Injustice.
Production on the show will be covered by Warner Horizon Television. Goyer will executive produce through his company Phantom Four.
With comic based television shows increasing in popularity over the years Syfy will definitely be able to attract an audience. Krypton will be joining a long list of comic based shows including: The CW’s Arrow and The Flash, CBS’ Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham.
The ability to capture and hold the audience with good acting and a good storyline will be the task to accomplish for Krypton. The ability to cast the show correctly will also be important. Will grandfather El have the chiseled jaw that Superman won us over with?