I remember when Smallville was first announced, hearing the whole “no tights/no flights” rule and thinking, “How the hell is that going to work?” It ended up working better than it had any right to, even though it was far from a perfect show. Now we’ve got Gotham, a Batman show without Batman. It takes the Smallville concept even further by showing us adventures in Batman’s burgh before young master Wayne has even gone through puberty. Well, brace yourselves, folks, because DC’s just getting started with this shit. Next up, a Syfy series focused on Superman’s Kryptonian grandpa. Great Caesar’s ghost! (Stay tuned for the inevitable series about Perry White’s great-grandfather’s adventures during World War II.)
We first mentioned the possibility of a Krypton series in October, when word broke that Man of Steel/Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer was developing a Superman prequel series that would focus on Kal-El’s homeworld. At the time, details were scarce — and actually, they’re still pretty scarce, but now we at least know the network involved. Syfy, amidst its full-court press to regain respectability and become the go-to destination for scripted science fiction TV, is partnering with Goyer, Ian Goldberg (FlashForward), and Warner Horizon Television to develop Krypton. Goldberg is writing the pilot script, based on a story conceived by Goyer and himself. And look, they have a logo!