During an interview for the final season of “Da Vinci’s Demons”, screenwriter David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Dark Knight) managed to excite fans with some information about the upcoming Syfy channel original television series, “Krypton”. The show will be a direct prequel to the “Man of Steel” film franchise which will be expanding with “Batman v. Superman” and the upcoming “Justice League”. While DC Comics and Warner Bros. have been developing hit comic book shows year after year, when “Krypton” debuts, it will be the first small screen adaptation to have a direct connection to the DC cinematic universe. This fact alone is either an ingenious cog in a bigger picture or an outrageous premise of wasted opportunity.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics currently have three mainstream television shows that are both critically acclaimed and popular with fans. “Arrow”, “Flash” and “Supergirl” will soon be joined by the spin-off “Legends of Tomorrow” and the merging of the failed “Constantine” show to the shared television universe. The showrunner for basically all of DC Comic shows, Marc Guggenheim, has repeated the sentiment that these superheroes have no correlation with what is appearing on the silver screen. Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow won’t be standing alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in “Justice League”. Week in and week out, fans put hours of their time into developing a connection to the stories being told on television. These heroes they have grown attached to do not have a greater importance to the grand scheme of things while a prequel set 200 years in the past does? To loyal fans who watch every DC Comic’s show on television, this is a betrayal of dedication and emotional attachment.
On the other side of the coin however, Warner Bros. is finally giving fans a television show they’ve always wanted. One which is connected to a film franchise albeit not the exact show fans were hoping for. Maybe this is one ingenious master plan that Warner Bros. has been planting for decades beginning with “Smallville”. Rumors have been swirling that Tom Welling’s Superman from “Smallville” will be appearing as a guest star in this season of “Flash”. Maybe Warner Bros. does have a grand scheme and “Krypton” on Syfy is just the minuscule step in beginning the process of linking television with film. If the multi-verse does in fact exist and every DC Comic’s television show and film produced are headed to a colliding event, then they may very well be involved in the most high concept execution of synergy Hollywood has ever witnessed. Or David S. Goyer may just be writing a “Man of Steel” prequel on the network that gave us “Sharknado” just because he wants to show the world he knows comic book mythology. My money is on the latter.