David S. Goyer is a mixed bag when it comes to his output within the nerd-o-sphere and all things comic book related, having single-handedly ruin the Blade franchise with the godawful Blade: Trinity, and further destroying its legacy with the unwatchable Sticky Fingaz staring vehicle Blade: The Series, the man is still a ticking time bomb when given carte blanche on various projects. Goyer is co-creator of NBC‘s Constantine, which suffered from a shaky pilot and its consequent first few episodes trying to gain some traction, eventually coming into its own; but it is probably too late now as it has been put on hold after 13-Episodes with NBC failing to pick up the back nine. I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that Goyer is rather hit’n’miss and tends to work better when he is co-writing scripts – just look at The Dark Knight trilogy for example (Goyer was working alongside Jonathan Nolan on penmanship duties). Now he is set to take on another project for the network SyFy, and while it is great that SyFy are starting to develop great original shows again instead of repeating The Wrestling all night  (Helix is a prime example of what the network is capable of, although the last few episodes left a lot to be desired. Anyway, I digress, …Goyer is bringing a Superman prequel to the SyFy network simply titled Krypton.

In a similar vein to Fox‘s Gotham and CW‘s Smallville, the concept behind the hour-long drama (pilot) follows Superman‘s bloodline before he landed onto Earth, and, yeah …that’s it basically. With the many roots Goyer could take (The Birth of the Eradicator,Bertron and DoomsdayThe Bottle city of KandorClone Wars, and Starman) the show could develop into something rather interesting. For example there are some great stories to be mimed from the many years of Kryptonian history, from the post Crisis of the Infinite Earths period (in which Goyer obviously obviously took a lot of influence from whilst creating the Superman: Man of Steel script.

Goyer, is essentially DC’s go-to-guy (meh!) at the moment (e.g. Constantine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel) and will executive produce Krypton alongside Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Flashforward). The good news is Goldberg will write the teleplay, although the story was conceived by both Goyer and Goldberg, but I can live with that!

Here’s the official description:

“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”

One refreshing aspect is that we won’t have to witness Batman’s parents die again! (which has been done to, ergh, …death) On a more series note, a deep space political drama set on Superman’s eventual home-world sounds pretty neat, and it is an original take on the superhero TV genre that hasn’t been seen yet (…so a begrudging round of applause for Goyer please). As a fan of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Stargate Universe, there has been a severe lack of programmes of this type, so SyFy could be on to a winner here. I mean, let’s be honest, the sequences that take place during the beginning of Man of Steel on Superman’s homeworld of Krypton are pretty fantastic as far as spectacle and originality is concerned.

Does the sound of this excite you? Any input on what you would like to see from this show? Let us know fellow Nerdsters.

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