With the success of Gotham seemingly established, Syfy has announced Krypton, a series that takes place before Superman’s home planet blows up. Apparently, Grandpa El will be a central figure.

No, this is not an Onion story.

“Interestingly,” the AVClub’s Sam Barsanti writes, “the character of Superman’s grandfather is relatively unexplored in the comics.” I don’t suppose that has a lot to do with him not being very interesting. Then again, maybe this will be the surprise breakout doomed alien civilization series of next season.