After rumors back in October, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the rumored Krypton series is officially in production and will be coming to Syfy. Geoff Johns has re-tweeted the announcement, which as good as confirms it. Here's the alleged synopsis:
Years before Superman became a superhero, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.
Krypton's development is now officially underway, with an executive producer in David S. Goyer - also doing Constantine - and Ian Golberg. Golberg is writing the screenplay based on the story conceived by the two. (While Goyer's actual writing isn't always acclaimed, he conceived the initial ideas for the story of The Dark Knight, to give you an idea of his talents).
While it would be similar to Gotham in the respect that it wouldn't feature Superman himself, the possibilities are endless - ranging from the House of El, to General Zod, to Brainiac, to many of the Man of Steel's villains and lore originating from Krypton. It also opens up alleyways to seeing the beginnings of Darkseid and the likes of even Doomsday. We'll see how further developments go, but the premise at least has the potential to be promising.
Inevitably, as with most new ideas, or new shows - or anything for that matter, the concept has been met with some backlash. We don't know enough about the show for me to defend it and say it will be good, but rather than just having another person say that it's going to be bad (seriously, how can you tell that?), let's examine the potential:
Yes, it could flop, as could anything - but it has more potential than Gotham, which maintains a strong audience and mostly positive reviews. Unlike Batman, Superman didn't create most of his villains. We can see origins for the likes of Brainiac, a proper full look at Zod, the power of the House of El, etc. And it could all be very politically based while having those classic villains in a science fiction alien setting. (Indeed, it may be the first proper sci fi show on Syfy in a long time).
It has serious potential, it's just a matter of whether or not it pays off in the long run. And none of us can judge that now, considering we haven't even got a script, casting, or first look, let alone a trailer. So don't be so quick to bash.
In other news:
Titans - starring Nightwing - starts filming next year
Geoff Johns confirmed with fans that the Teen Titans series' pilot will be shot next year, meaning we can expect around an October release if the pilot is commissioned. We can expect the same for Arrow Season 4, Flash Season 2, Supergirl Season 1, Gotham Season 2, potentially Constantine Season 2, and now Krypton too.
Here he confirms the filming (and the continued development of the show) and we should hear some casting news soon:
And next, confirming the description's rumors, and that Nightwing is still the protagonist of the series:
The description for the series is as follows:
Based on characters from DC Comics, Titans revolves around a group of young superheroes-to-be who are recruited from every corner of the DC universe. The action-themed drama centers on Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire, Raven and more. The show is described as a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.
This comes with the news that Supergirl is currently in the middle of its casting (with some exciting recent developments), done by the same people who cast Arrow and The Flash, and alongside rumors of other DC TV projects emerging next year, sharing the Arrow/Flash universe, particularly Titans and Supergirl.
If you're a fan of TV and a fan of DC, it sure is a good time to be alive.