Syfy greenlights Superman prequel series Krypton to pilot order

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May 11, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

It seems like everyone is getting into the DC craze these days, and now Syfy is calling up its long-gestating Superman project for a pilot order.

The network (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) has officially placed a pilot order for the Superman prequel series Krypton, set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet. The series will follow Superman’s grandfather — once the House of El is ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. It’s certainly interesting territory to mine, and if Fox’s Gotham has taught us anything, it’s that there’s certainly room for some DC projects that don’t feature the titular heroes you might expect.

The series will be executive-produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) signed on as executive producer and showrunner. Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) is attached to direct and co-executive-produce the pilot. The pilot was written by Goyer & Ian Goldberg (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

“KRYPTON is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”

The series has been in various stages of development since late 2014, and it seems the network is finally ready to pull the trigger. The series joins a renaissance of original programming at Syfy, along with The Expanse, The Magicians, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys and a host of upcoming projects. 

What do you think of Krypton? Would you tune in for a Superman prequel series set years before the Man of Steel is born?