David Goyer Says Krypton Takes Place 200 Years Before Man Of Steel

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At a press junket for Da Vinci's Demons ComicBook's Ashley Robinson managed to sneak in a couple of questions about David S. Goyer's in-development DC Comics TV project, Krypton. The show, meant to show Krypton at its height of power, is in development at Syfy, but not much has been revealed about it so far. Now we know when it takes place, relative to the DC film universe that was launched with Man of Steel, which showed a bit of Krypton itself.

"It takes place 200 years before Man of Steel," Goyer said at the junket. "We're treating Krypton like it's a historical piece," which is something it shares with the TV show he was there to directly promote. "We look to previous cultures on Earth to model what that would be like."

They plan to show a lot more than what was seen in Man of Steel, of course, which focused primarily on the end of Krypton as it exploded due to generations of abuse of the world. The idea of digging deep attracted Goyer.

"We scratched the surface in the film and, for me, that was the allure," he said. "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."

That means looking at the capitol city, Kryptopolis, but also "a lot of different locations... some of the other moons, which is kind of cool," he teased. In the comics, Krypton has had as many as three moons, Wegthor, Mithen, and Xenon.


As for other cities, Argo City and Kandor would be the other two big named metropolises, but Goyer wouldn't call them by name just yet. Argo City is where Supergirl's Kara Zor-El was born and raised, and Kandor was famously shrunken and bottled by Superman villain Brainiac.