Syfy has announced the pilot series for the Superman prequel Krypton. The DC prequel show is not likely to have any direct relation to Kal-El and will, in fact, narrate his grandfather's journey on the planet before it was destroyed.
CBC is already exploring Superman's only living relative Kara Danvers aka Supergirl's story. But the upcoming Syfy drama will have no mention of her as it will focus on the two generations before the destruction of the planet.
"[Krypton is] set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet. Krypton will follow Superman's grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos," reads the series description by the Network. David S Goyer is the executive producer, and co-write the script along with Ian Goldberg.
This will be the first live-action portrayal of Jor-El, the grandfather of Kal-El (Superman) and the network is yet to rope in actors for the series. Fans of DC Comics are expecting some larger-than-life action, but there is a catch here. In an interview with Collider last year, Goyer explained that the show will mostly focus on characters and the culture of the alien planet.
"It won't be wall to wall visual effects every single moment, spectacle, in the way that the film will be, but we'll also be digging into the characters and the culture a lot more," he said.
At present there is no dearth of superhero series on TV. Marvel and DC characters have made their way through the small screen to enchant their fans and list of such series is long. Arrow, The Flash, Agents of Shield and Supergirl are a handful of shows that have attained popularity on their respective networks. Yet, it will be interesting to see how Syfy interprets the Superman saga for DC Comics fans.