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Word is coming out that SYFY is preparing to launch a "prequel" to the Man of Steel! No, it won't be based on Jor-El and his dealings with the council.

"Krypton" will tell the story of Supermans Grandfather, centering on the House of El. SYFY issued the following statement in regards to the shows motivating factor;

"Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized,"

The Project is being spearheaded by Man of Steel Producer David S. Goyer.

It almost feels like they want to build a history of the House of El for modern television, something that is way overdue. Most of our understanding of Supermans "House" comes from the DC books. Here is what has been compiled from DCWIKI & SupermanWIKI.

" The House of El was one of the noble ruling families of the planet, Krypton. The name El translates in Kryptonian to "of the star". The House of El contained a number of respected scientists, politicians, and members of every profession. The family has also had seats on the Kryptonian Council. Jor-El and his brother Zor-El were two prominant members of this family, whose children, Kal-El and Kara Zor-El escaped the destruction of the planet and became Superman and Supergirl on Earth."

"The earliest known members of the El family line existed during Krypton's pre-industrial age when Kryptonians were known by only a single name. The first recorded member of the family line was Feln, who was the father of Rugad, who was the father of Tomnu. Tomnu's son, Erok became the first Kryptonian to create clan names and called himself Erok-El, or, Erok of the Star. His wife was Milia, the daughter of an opposing Bethgar named Uved. Erok-El and Milia gave birth to Kal-El the First, who became the second Bethgar of the continent of Urrika. Kal-El's son, Wab-El did not share his ancestor's noble qualities and became a vicious warlord. Wab-El had two sons, Vad-El and Hyr-El. Vad-El became a tyrant like his father, and Hyr-El disowned the family name after a feud with Vad-El. Hyr-El's direct family lineage is what eventually evolved into the modern House of El."

Now, there is no mention of the new series being directly tied into the existing Superman universe onscreen, and with DC Creative honcho Geoff Johns already stating his desire to keep the movie universe and TV universe separate when asked about Arrow/Flash, we can only assume what we see on SYFY will stand away from the movies.

Kerry Cepero

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