“It takes place 200 years before ‘Man of Steel’. We’re treating ‘Krypton’ like it’s a historical piece. We look to previous cultures on Earth to model what that would be like.”
It was previously revealed that the show would center on the grandfather of Kal-El, the infant who eventually becomes Superman on Earth. In classic continuity, Kal-El’s father was the scientist Jor-El while his grandfather was imaginatively named Jor-El I. Previously, it was stated that this character– whatever he is named on the show– “brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest superhero ever known.”
Goyer, who was promoting his Starz series ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ discussed ‘Krypton’ saying:
“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.
“We scratched the surface in the film and, for me, that was the allure. I was always fascinated, as a kid, with the books about Krypton and they’ve only shaded in a tiny bit, so we’ll learn about the politics of the world. We’ll learn about the culture, the art, all the different guilds.”
An ambitious historical drama set on an advance alien world sounds pretty hefty, Goyer cautions to expect a bit more drama than super heroic action. (Depending on the era, comic book Kryptonians are either powerless or super beings.)
“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.”
Jor-El and his wife Lara, Superman’s mother, lived in capitol city Kryptonopolis, while Jor-El’s brother Zor-El and his wife Alura lived in Argo City, which survived for a while after the destruction of the planet. Also of note is Kandor, a city that was shrunk and placed in a bottle by the computerized villain Brainiac and therefore also survived. Expect visits to all of these exotic locales when this series comes to fruition.
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