Syfy, DC and David Goyer developing Superman prequel series set on Krypton

We’d heard a while back that a potential Superman prequel series was in development, and now the project has officially found a home.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Syfy (Blastr’s corporate owner - Ed) is developing a new series dubbed Krypton, which is described as a Superman origin story set on Kal-El’s home planet. The series sounds almost like a political and family drama, set on an alien world, telling the origin story of Supes’ family.

Here’s the tentative synopsis:

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.

The network has signed on genre heavyweight David Goyer (Man of Steel, Constantine) to produce the series, which is being written by Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, FlashForward). The project is being compared to Fox’s hit series Gotham, though this one is obviously a less obvious pitch. But a dense sci-fi drama set on Krypton? That sounds like one heck of a cool idea.

No series order has been placed as of yet, but you’d have to think the pedigree and brand name give this project solid odds of eventually making it to the small screen. Krypton joins a boatload of other harder-edge sci-fi series in development and picked up by Syfy over the past few years, including Ascension, 12 Monkeys, Olympus, Childhood’s End, 3001: The Final Odyssey and The Expanse.

Would you like to see the origin story of the House of El?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)