Marvel may have DC ducking and diving in the cinematic boxing ring but when it comes to the small screen, DC has decided that this is the season to finally deal a solid blow in the clash of the comic book titans. The Flash hit the ground running and is already a fan favorite over at CW, with iZombie set to join the network very soon, Gotham took a minute to get there but the Batman television prequel series has become a solid fixture over at FOX, and plans for Supergirl, Teen Titans, Lucifer, and Static Shock series’ are well underway. All of this is, of course, in addition to CW’s wildly popular Arrow, which just started on its third season. So, what’s next for DC? Well, if Bleeding Cool has it right, it looks like fans may next be visiting the birthplace of Kal-El, Krypton.
As pretty much everyone on Earth is aware, Superman’s home planet of Krypton was destroyed long ago, which is the entire reason Supes wound up on Earth in the first place. The most recent depiction of the planet came with 2013’s Man of Steel, which was penned by David Goyer. Goyer has tons of geek cred under his belt and even if recent remarks about She-Hulk drew some (warranted) fire, his work on Man of Steel, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and, more recently, the new Constantine series, speaks for itself. Was Man of Steel everyone’s idea of a perfect movie? Not by a long shot. However, Goyer did give audiences a different take on Kal-El than they were used to and sometimes, those differences are essential when it comes to building a new universe, which is exactly what Goyer, together with Zack Snyder, is doing. How the new Krypton series will fit into these plans are anyone’s guess at this point.
The big question right now is whether or not people would watch the Superman prequel considering that the Kryptonians were not superbeings but, instead, simply a technologically advanced civilization that eventually destroys itself. Would Zod be as interesting if he was simply a General in the army rather than a superpowered villain? Will audiences be drawn to a superhero series that is more science fiction than superpowered? Only time will tell.
Goyer is not everyone’s cup of tea and while Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, which Goyer penned, earned plenty of praise from both fans and critics alike, there are still many comic book fans out there who feel that Goyer may not have the connection to the source material needed in order to write a superhero story that fans can get behind. I am not in this camp and believe that Goyer has proven his worth time and time again. Whether it’s the highly underrated Dark City or his work on the Blade movies, or even the wildly fun Jumper, Goyer has been able to incorporate his style into interesting and entertaining movies that go on to make millions (if not hundreds of millions) at the box office, so I can’t imagine I am alone in my support of his work. With Batman v. Superman on the horizon, chances are that audiences will see this new series sooner rather than later and it will be very interesting to see such a rich planet on a television budget.
Are you excited at the Superman prequel prospect? At this point, do you think that the television landscape is oversaturated by comic book adaptations or do we need all we can get?
Source: Bleeding Cool