krypton series update

You can’t bring up Man of Steel on the internet without wading into some kind of big argument about the moral implications of Superman punching buildings or how Marvel is better or some other kind of nonsense. But surely we can all agree that the film’s prologue, set on the planet Krypton shortly before its destruction, is pretty fantastic stuff? (Ed. note: No. But go on.) In just a few scenes, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer craft an entire science fiction world that demands further exploration. Any movie that features Russell Crowe dodging laser blasts while astride a giant bug-dragon is okay by us.

So the idea of an entire TV series set on Krypton, titled, uh, Krypton, sounds appealing, even if the ending is pre-determined by Superman lore (Spoiler alert: everyone dies). And while it’s been a year since the show was officially announced, Goyer has revealed in a new interview that yes, the show is still in the works, thanks for asking.

Check out Goyer’s Krypton series update after the jump.

You probably remember when Krypton was announced last December because it arrived with all of the theatrics that accompany a major show based on an iconic comic book franchise. Goyer was developing the series for Syfy with Once Upon a Time‘s Ian Goldberg, and the story would follow the El family a generation before Kal-El was born and sent off to Earth to escape his doomed planet. They even released a logo and everything:

krypton series update

Is that the first time a logo has been a spoiler? Because Krypton is totally exploding beyond the show’s title there.

Anyway, then things got quiet for nearly a year and everyone kinda forgot this show was happening. And then Collider sat down with Goyer to talk about the new season of Da Vinci’s Demons and Krypton came up. Yes, the show is still alive and in the works and yes, the plan is to expand on all of the crazy stuff from the first 15 minutes of Man of Steel:

Part of the fun of doing Man of Steel — and I was so insistent on setting that opening on Krypton and really seeing it, was pulling back the curtain. The first draft, the first forty pages were on Krypton, so we compressed that all down to fifteen minutes and there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to use in the film that didn’t ultimately make it into the film.

Goyer admits that that show won’t have the constant spectacle of the Krypton sequences from the film, but he does promise some big moments wedged between a closer look at Kryptonian culture and the scientists and soldiers who embody it:

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.

That means Krypton will probably have fewer scenes where warrior scientists personally battle military coups and more people talking in rooms, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

We still don’t know when Krypton will premiere and there’s always a chance it’ll never see the light of day, but it sounds like it could be promising. Sure, it could be nothing but wheel-spinning and a constant reminder that the most interesting member of the El family is still a few decades from being interesting, but it could also be strong science fiction storytelling set on a totally alien world. It could be Gotham (blech), but it could also be Battlestar Galactica.

Hey, just make that bug-dragon a regular member of the cast and we’ll watch every single episode.

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