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Syfy is turning to David S. Goyer — the man behind The Man of Steel — to develop Superman origin story Krypton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, Krypton takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This drama, which is in development, 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.
Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, FlashForward) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Goyer. The story was conceived by both Goyer and Goldberg.
The drama is in the same vein as Fox’s DC Comics take Gotham, which tells the origin story of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and features a pre-teen Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) before he became Batman.
Krypton also becomes the latest DC Comics-inspired project to land on a cable network. Turner-owned TNT is developing drama pilot Titans, a drama based on a group of superheroes-to-be based on characters from the DC universe including Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a new band of heroes including Starfire, Raven and more as a “Junior Justice League” of sorts. Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes are writing the take for Warner Horizon Television and DC.
Other DC heroes already on the small screen include Batman in Fox’s Jim Gordon origin story Gotham, The CW’s The Flash and Arrow as well as NBC’s Hellblazer take Constantine. The CW also has a version of DC’s iZombie set for midseason, while Supergirl is currently testing leads at CBS for Arrow and Flash‘s Greg Berlanti and his No Ordinary Family alum Ali Adler in anticipation of a pilot and hopeful series order.
For Syfy, Krypton arrives as the cabler is making a massive push back to its BattlestarGalactica sci-fi roots with scripted originals including Dominion, Ascension, 12 Monkeys, Olympus, Z Nation, The Expanse, Childhood’s End, Hunters, Dark Matterand 3001: The Final Odyssey.
For Goyer, Krypton will mark his third series on the air joining Constantine and Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. The longtime comics fan counts scores of fanboy favorites among his credits, including The Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.