Syfy Orders David Goyer’s Superman Prequel Krypton (That No One Actually Wanted)


Well the next step has been taken, Syfy has ordered a pilot for David S. Goyer’s Superman prequel TV series Krypton. Or you could, I don’t know, RENEW SUPERGIRL FOR A SECOND SEASON.

My reaction when I heard the news.


I just…didn’t like the sound of this when I first heard it and I still don’t. I’m not a huge fan of Goyer’s work in general and I like even less how he talks about comic book characters.

From the press release:

Syfy today announced it has greenlit to pilot KRYPTON, the much-anticipated Superman prequel set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. KRYPTON will follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

KRYPTON will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (“Sleepy Hollow”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner; Colm McCarthy (“She Who Brings Gifts,” “Peaky Blinders”) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”). KRYPTON will be produced by Warner Horizon Television and is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics.

Maybe you feel differently but while alien life on another planet is something I’m almost always interested in, I absolutely don’t need an entire series based around Krypton. Not to mention we already have several comic book shows focusing on white male protagonists and their struggles. Who is asking for this? WHO?!

No word on if the TV series would pull from Zack Snyder’s films or coincide with any of the DC TV properties. Meanwhile rumor has it CBS is still wavering on Supergirl Season 2 because ratings weren’t as high as they’d hoped and the cost per episode is expensive. The Wrap suggests it could make a move to The CW:

[Les] Moonves could push “Supergirl” to The CW, which as it happens is a joint venture between CBS and Warners (Moonves and his team are responsible for programming the network). Such a switch would make perfect sense. The youth-skewing CW already has “The Flash” and other superhero franchises (there was a crossover between “Supergirl” and “The Flash” this season), and its audience is much more aligned with “Supergirl” than is CBS’ much-grayer viewership.

Fans have suggested such a move for months and lately the Hollywood rumor mill has gone into overdrive that “Supergirl” is flying to CW. But that move would be fraught for both producers and fans, as budget-conscious CW shows don’t tend to collect huge license fees for the studios. The upshot of a CW shift is that there would very likely be big budget cuts in the offing for “Supergirl.”

I swear to god, CBS.


16 Responses to “Syfy Orders David Goyer’s Superman Prequel Krypton (That No One Actually Wanted)”

  1. Nuuni Nuunani says:

    Set a hundred years before the plants destruction…Well the comics have built alot of potential for a series like this.
    From Nightwing and Flamebird as heroic figures on the planet.
    To Kandor being shrunk and stolen by Brainiac.
    To the clone sagas.
    To the whole Green Lantern thing.
    To that whole sneaky cult stuff.

    Theres enough lore about Krypton that this could actually be pretty interesting if a good writer was on this show.

    • Pontifex says:

      I’m still hoping that Kandor shows up on ‘Supergirl’.

      • Nuuni Nuunani says:

        I can see it happening. I doubt the movies would want to explore the idea. Though I can imagine Krypton getting mileage just out of a city being stolen.

  2. […] even earlier this week when Syfy announced they were moving forward with David Goyer’s Superman prequel series Krypton, things were looking […]

  3. the silver ravens says:

    i will forever hate Goyer for those She-Hulk comments…

  4. He’ll retcon Man of Steel so that Krypton blew up because Brainiac left a jar of his volatile urine in the Kryptonian High Council chambers.

  5. EricP says:

    I thought the look at Krypton in Man of Steel was interesting, though they’d have to start well before what’s seen in the movies to have any story telling room.
    I also want to see a second season of Supergirl, but I don’t see what SyFy possibly making this show has to with Supergirl – SyFy has nothing to do with that.

  6. VBartilucci says:

    I think it’s another example of people wanting to get in on Superheroes. I’m utterly confident the people at Sci-Fi don’t realize they’re buying the one show that can never have Superman, or any member of the Super-Family, on it.

    And you KNOW they aren’t going to bring in Mon-El, literally the only canon pre=kaboom story worth a damn.

  7. Rick Bman says:

    So… I thought the Krypton stuff in Man of Steel was some of the best parts of the movie and I would totally watch a movie that covered some more ground there. I don’t see it working as a TV show though… especially one written by David Goyer. Just where do you go with this? We know what is going to happen to Krypton, so where is the dramatic arc in the show? Basically we are going to be watching a bunch of characters that we know are going to die because the planet is going to explode. It is kind of like in Gotham when one of the bad guys plans was to kill Bruce Wayne. There was no suspense because we know that isn’t going to happen.

    • Pontifex says:

      For some reason a lot of people love ‘everybody dies shows: ‘Reign’ and ‘Rose of Versailles’ come to mind. Maybe it’s just soapy tales of doomed royalty that are beloved.

  8. Stephen "Soup" Strange says:


  9. travelerx . says:

    Wait a minute. Syfy and Krypton owned by NBC, Supergirl and CW are CBS properties. There is no crossover between choices of these two series. They have literally nothing to do with each other.

  10. wondercube says:

    If Krypton happens and Supergirl S2 doesn’t I will scream.

  11. the silver ravens says:


  12. I have so many bad feelings about this…

    Wasn’t it enough to ruin Superman on the big screen, now David Goyer wants to f* up with The House of El too?

  13. danna the human says:

    I mean, the logo is so bad I don’t even want to know the rest