Superman prequel series in development by Man of Steel’s David Goyer

Krypton will tell the story of 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..."

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, silly, it’s news of a new Superman TV series! Yep, a la Batman prequel Gotham, Syfy are developing Krypton, a show based on the character’s home planet, with Man of Steel writer David Goyer. 

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Despite Goyer’s involvement, it’s doubtful that the prequel will be linked specifically to the Superman film reboot. Nonetheless, the official synopsis for the show places it well before the events of the film, centring on Superman’s grandfather, the father of Jor-El, who is played by Russell Crowe in the film.  

“Years before the Superman legend we know,” it says, “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.”

Along with Goyer, the show, comprised of one-hour long episodes, is being executive produced with Ian Goldberg of Once Upon a Time and FlashForward. The latter will be writing the pilot teleplay, based on a story conceived by both Goyer & Goldberg.

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Krypton follows the success of Batman prequel TV series Gotham starring Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith, which debuted on US network Fox in September and now airs on Channel 5 in the UK.