David Goyer Talks Superman Prequel “Krypton”

Continuing promotion for tomorrow’s premiere of the third and final season of his action-adventure series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” the show’s producer and “Man of Steel” screenwriter David Goyer has offered an update on one project he was linked to last year – a Superman TV series prequel entitled “Krypton” for the Syfy network.

Goyer tells Collider that the project remains very much in development and one challenge will be the portrayal of Krypton on a basic cable budget:

“In terms of production value, you have to pick your moments. 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.”

He admits one reason for doing the show is that he developed quite a bit of material about Krypton for the film which ended up getting cut, this will offer him a chance to use it now:

“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.”

He later confirmed to ComicBook.com that the action takes place long before the events of “Man of steel,” and so they’re treating it like an ‘alien period piece’:

“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.”

“Krypton” joins several other DC shows in development stages at networks including TNT’s “Titans” and NBC’s “Powerless”.