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Considering how popular the superhero genre is, it’s mildly surprising that its hold on the small screen isn’t bigger at this point. But TV is embracing it more and more as the years go by, and it looks like 2016 may be the one where we finally get a deeper look into comic lore for the Superman prequel Krypton, as the long-gestating project just snagged a pilot order at Syfy. Somebody get some yellow sun on this thing to see if that helps speed the process up.
Krypton was first announced back in 2014, and except for Syfy getting involved with the project at some point last year, there had been virtually no forward momentum. But this is a great step in the right direction, even if it now means we’ll have to wait ages for the pilot to come together, and then for Syfy to make a decision on what to do with it. You take the bad with the good, especially if it means we’ll be able to get all-new stories from one of the most important fictional planets in history.
The story behind Krypton will center on the Man of Steel’s grandfather in a world being torn apart by chaos. He will struggle and fight to bring his family’s name back to glory after the humiliating fall of his House of El. Sounds like just the right kind of story where any multitude of scenarios could happen, and most of them have battles in them. Not Batman v Superman-sized battles, mind you, but whatever can match the budget that Syfy gives them. Here’s hoping part of that budget goes to landing a fantastic lead actor.
At the head of the pilot is still David Goyer, a writer and producer on many DC projects over the years, including Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Superman films. According to Deadline, Goyer will be going back over his pilot script for rewrites with the newly added showrunner and executive producer Damian Kindler, who has been a writer on such shows as Sleepy Hollow, Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1 and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. This is obviously a guy that knows what genre fiction is all about, so he’s got to have some great ideas for how to properly handle this famed lineage.
Another new name added to the project is Scottish director Colm McCarthy, who will helm the pilot. McCarthy, whose lone feature is the 2010 horror Outcast, is much more seasoned on the TV side of things, and he’s been behind episodes of shows such as Murphy’s Law, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Ripper Street, and he also directed the entire second season of Peaky Blinders. This would be his first big American production since a pair of The Tudors episodes in 2008.
Does progress on Krypton mean that other stalled superhero shows will get more attention in the future, or do we have to kneel before Zod to make that happen?