SyFy have today announced the development of a new television series chronicling the events which led to the origins of the DC comic-book superhero Superman. Titled Krypton, the programme's (presumably) multi-season narrative will take place decades before Clark Kent first saw the red light of day, focusing instead on the grandfather of the eponymous Man of Steel and the Kryptonian in question's involvement in political machines which disgraced the House of El to such an extent that they could scarcely influence their planet's council at the time of its imminent destruction.
Depending on how much our readership knows of the superhero film genre or its foremost behind-the-scenes players, that David S. Goyer (the screenplay writer of acclaimed efforts such as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises along with anything but lauded genre instalments like Man of Steel) has been drafted in as the show's resident executive producer could easily be either a positive or negative omen. From our perspective, however, the burden of proof lies more with SyFy as a US televisual network than it does with the brother of Christopher, since barring a couple of loosely intelligent science-fiction sequels and spin-offs, the channel has yet to put out much in the way of quality content, whilst Goyer at least has the Dark Knight trilogy to his name if nothing else.
If that's not a suitable enough solution to the issue of the considerable period of time separating us and the series' début, though, then at least SyFy (and Warner Horizon Television, with whom they're collaborating on the project as a whole) have given us a brief plot synopsis for the programme overall. Provided that minor spoilers aren't a concern, do read on and let us know any initial thoughts that come about as a result: "Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracised. This series follows the Man of Steel's 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." There's only one sure-fire way to tell, though, and that's of course to keep one's eyes peeled to this very blog as well as to give the pilot episode of the umpteenth DC Entertainment small-screen project a chance once it lands here in the UK.
Short of its development talks coming to an abrupt halt within the next few weeks, Krypton will première on the SyFy channel in 2015.