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Syfy developing Superman prequel series 'Krypton'

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 7:48 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014
Henry Cavill stars as Superman in
Henry Cavill stars as Superman in "Man of Steel." Get ready to meet his ancestors on "Krypton."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Krypton" will focus on Superman's grandfather
  • The network is working with "Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer
  • Other comic-to-TV projects have met with success

(CNN) -- Before there was a "Man of Steel," there was the story of his ancestors and his home planet.

Syfy is developing "Krypton," a prequel origin series that will tell the story of Superman's grandfather. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama will focus on his grandfather's fight to bring equality to the planet. The network is said to be working with David S. Goyer, the scribe behind the "Man of Steel" film as well as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.

It's just the latest comic book-to-television project, joining Fox's "Gotham," CW's "The Flash" and "Arrow," and the upcoming "Titans" from TNT and "Supergirl" from CBS. (TNT is owned by the parent company of CNN.)

The news was met with mixed reaction on the Web.

"A prequel. From the writer of MAN OF STEEL. On Syfy. Wow. #Krypton manages all three strikes with just its announcement," tweeted one fan, while another noted, "Rather than do a full series, SyFy should do a TV movie or miniseries version of #Krypton first. Then see if it's worth doing more stories."

Though fans may be skeptical, The Hollywood Reporter points out that Goyer, who conceived the "Krypton" story with "Once Upon a Time's" Ian Goldberg, is force behind plenty of projects fanboys and girls are familiar with.

"For Goyer, 'Krypton' will mark his third series on the air joining 'Constantine' and Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons,' " the publication notes. "The longtime comics fan counts scores of fanboy favorites among his credits, including 'The Dark Knight' trilogy and the upcoming 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.' "

Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics are working together on the project.

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