David S. Goyer Reveals Krypton Is Set 200 Years Before Man of Steel

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 4:26PM
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Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 4:26PM
David S. Goyer Reveals Krypton Is Set 200 Years Before Man of Steel
After writing and/or producing all of the Batman movies from the last ten years, David S. Goyer is working on a Krypton series for Syfy, which takes inspiration from unused ideas from Man of Steel, but also takes place in a very different time period. In a recent interview, Goyer told Collider that the series takes place some 200 years before the events of Man of Steel, which means it takes place centuries before the birth of Superman and the destruction of the planet.

Man of Steel wasn't particularly well-received by either critics or fans, but the initial Krypton sequence was arguably a high point, especially the visuals and world-building. Goyer plans to build on this sequence and use ideas about the culture and mythology of Krypton that were cut from the script:

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"Part of the fun of doing Man of Steel - and I was so insistent on setting that opening on Krypton and really seeing it, was pulling back the curtain. The first draft, the first forty pages were on Krypton, so we compressed that all down to fifteen minutes and there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to use in the film that didn't ultimately make it into the film."
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The visuals may not be quite as resplendent as they were in Man of Steel, as the latter had a blockbuster budget going for it, while Krypton is a TV series on Syfy. But hopefully, the effects won't look cheesy, as Goyer claims that the producers are going to "pick their moments":

Opening quote
"In terms of production value, you have to pick your moments. It will definitely, should we make the show there will definitely be some big moments. 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."
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Although Goyer seems to have concrete ideas for the show, it still doesn't seem to be 100% a sure thing. He characterized the show as "still in development," and uses qualifiers like 'hopefully" throughout. And it does seem like a bit of a risk, considering that it presumably won't feature Superman, Supergirl, or any heroes known to the general public. But for better and for worse, it will probably get made, as the built-in DC fanbase is likely too tempting to pass up. Look at the wonders it's done for Gotham.
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David S. Goyer Reveals Krypton Is Set 200 Years Before Man of Steel