Waaay back in December 2014, we reported that Syfy was working with David S. Goyer on a Gotham-style origin story for Superman—to be called, naturally, Krypton. Then we sorta forgot about it, until today’s announcement that Krypton is very close to getting a pilot order at last. Honestly, we’re not sure what to make of this.
The premise remains about what it was in 2014, per Variety:
The series, set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s titular home planet, would tell the story of the man of steel’s grandfather as he fights to restore the family honor of the House of El after it has been shamed.
The pilot will be produced by Warner Horizon Television. Goyer — who penned the screenplays for “Batman Begins,” “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — will write the pilot with Ian Goldberg. He will executive produce through his company Phantom Four with Damian Kindler, who will serve as showrunner. Colm McCarthy is set to direct the pilot.
We have some questions about this plot structure. Here’s a big one: Why should we care about the stakes here, when everyone who knows anything about Superman—presumably, the very target audience for this show—knows Krypton’s eventual fate? Even Goyer’s hint that Krypton would tie into both the TV and cinematic DC Comics universes doesn’t help resolve that one.