Where do you go for a Superman prequel when you already visited Smallville for a decade?
All the way back to Krypton, of course. Already rumored, Syfy confirmed Monday evening that they’re developing the series with David S. Goyer and Once Upon a Time’s Ian Goldberg, who will write the pilot. The general concept shows how far the series will go back in time, a full two generations.
"Years before the Superman legend we know, 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."
Goyer is DC Entertainment and Warner Bros’ go-to developer of late, with a hand in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice on the big screen, as well as Constantine on Syfy’s sister network NBC. No word on whether the Krypton that appears in the show will take any visual cues from the most recent Superman movie, though.
This isn’t the first time Syfy has gone to the prequel formula nor to the pages of comics, with two separate prequels for their hit Battlestar Galactica that went anywhere from a season to being downgraded to a web series. The network has also optioned Clone from Skybound, Pax Romana from Image, Ronin from DC Entertainment, and Letter 44 from Oni, though little in the way of updates has come for those four comic book based projects.