Last year, it was announced that SyFy had picked up a Krypton television series, with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer involved. The prequel series would be set well before the planet’s destruction, with Superman’s grandfather being the protagonist. And now, Goyer has offered an update on the potential show, teasing new details.
Speaking with Collider, Goyer confirmed that Krypton is still in development, and that it would heavily explore the culture of the planet. He recalled working on Man of Steel and how a lot of his ideas on Krypton didn’t make it to the final cut. The show would give him an opportunity to explore those ideas.
Goyer also says that the series doesn’t have the budget of a big blockbuster film, so it won’t be a non-stop visual spectacle. “In terms of production value, you have to pick your moments. It will definitely, should we make the show there will definitely be some big moments. It won’t be wall to wall visual effects every single moment, spectacle, in the way that the film will be, but we’ll also be digging into the characters and the culture a lot more.”
In a separate interview with ComicBook.com, Goyer again talks about Krypton, saying that it takes place centuries before Man of Steel (which began with the planet’s destruction). “It takes place 200 years before Man of Steel. We’re treating Krypton like it’s a historical piece. We look to previous cultures on Earth to model what that would be like.”
So, is Krypton actually in continuity with Man of Steel – and thus the greater DC Extended Universe? Unless Goyer is being misquoted here – he could just mean the show takes place 200 years before Krypton’s destruction, and not necessarily the movie’s version – that looks to be the case. It would make Krypton the first DC television show to connect with the movies, something that the likes of The Flash, Arrow and Gotham haven’t done. Hopefully, we’ll receive official clarification soon.
Meanwhile, Goyer says that Krypton would explore a lot of other locations and moons that weren’t touched upon in Man of Steel, and he reaffirms that it would heavily focus on the planet’s untapped mythology and culture. “We scratched the surface in the film and, for me, that was the allure,” he said. “I was always fascinated, as a kid, with the books about Krypton and they’ve only shaded in a tiny bit, so we’ll learn about the politics of the world. We’ll learn about the culture, the art, all the different guilds.”
Expect more news to come soon.