David Goyer Says Syfy’s ‘Krypton’ Set 200 Years Before ‘Man of Steel’
However difficult a time Gotham has navigating early years of Batman mythology, Man of Steel writer David Goyer’s Syfy Krypton looks to skirt its Superman problem by going hundreds of years in the past. Goyer offered up a few new details of the tone and setting of the proposed pilot, potentially tying into the Man of Steel mythos as well.
Via ComicBook.com, Goyer offered up a few new details of the prequel series, which itself looks to chronicle Superman’s homeworld with the Man of Steel’s ancestor in the lead. Goyer seemingly suggested that the Syfy series would draw inspiration from unused elements of the 2013 film, though it seems somewhat murky that Krypton might actually share any continuity with the DC cinematic universe. Meanwhile:
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.
We scratched the surface in the film and, for me, that was the allure. 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.
Collider too got Goyer to comment on the potential production value, understandably lowered from Man of Steel‘s high-stakes opening sequence:
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.
Syfy’s initial order has detailed that Goyer and Once Upon A Time figure Ian Goldberg will executive produce the project, which goes beyond Jor-El to delve even further into Superman’s history:
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.
We’re still a ways off from Syfy making any major decisions about the series, or concerns of actual continuity, but does Krypton still sound like a vision worth pursuing?