I was doing a little surfing online when I came across a couple of television shows that are currently under development and expected to come out this year. Excitement initially set in. And why is that? Because they are both DC shows, one being Krypton, and the other Supergirl.
Since they are still under development with no release dates yet, there wasn’t much that I was able to find about either shows. First off, let’s start with Krypton, which will be shown on SyFy. It is still in the early stages and the plan is for it to be a one-hour drama series. It will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment.
David S. Goyer (Batman Begins (2005), Man of Steel (2013), The Dark Knight (2008)) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) will be the executive producers of the show. I have to admit that I did like how Goyer portrayed Krypton in his Man of Steel movie, but with this show he could take it a completely different direction.
I read on IGN that this show will focus on Superman’s grandfather and is set awhile before the planet explodes. Here is the official elevator pitch (an elevator pitch is a short summary that is supposed to grab an investors’ attention in less than a minute. In this case, this basically means that it describes the show in the time span of an elevator ride) :
Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather 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.
The second television show will focus on Supergirl. This show will be shown on CBS. The show is being developed by Ali Adler (Chuck and Glee) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow and The Flash). The role has not yet been cast, but an announcement could come soon. Apparently the show will focus on Kara Zoe-El, Superman’s cousin, as a 24 year-old. So it will skip all of the backstories of her learning about her powers. At this point, she is already aware of her powers.
Here is the official elevator pitch according to dccomics.com:
Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-el escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
I am not sure how I feel about either of these shows yet. A part of me wants to be excited because I am a Superman fan and any show dealing with any part of his backstory is at the very least interesting. On the other hand, I remember a conversation I had with projecthappening’s Pauly and Spacemonkey where they both mentioned that DC is using the quantity over quality technique to try and compete with Marvel. I have to admit this does worry me. I guess I will have to wait and watch these shows when they air to find out if they will be any good.