The stars of SYFY's Krypton came to San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the shocking events of Season 1 and what's in store for Season 2.
For example, the sophomore season will introduce the character known as Lobo, revealed creator and showrunner Cameron Welsh. Having made his debut in 1983's Omega Men #3, Lobo is an alien bounty hunter from the planet Czarnia. His appearance on Krypton shall be the first live-action iteration of the character. Another fan-favorite, Doomsday, will also be a part of the season.
Despite the show following Superman's grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the Man of Steel influences the entire plot when Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) shows up to offer a warning about the villain Brainiac, who wants to prevent the birth of Superman. Superman is "the most important offscreen character," according to Cuffe, who had a glittery red cape tied around his neck at the start of the panel. There was a touching moment during the Q&A portion where Cuffe gave his Superman cape to a young fan that asked about a Krypton movie.
"We strive to capture the spirit of Superman," said Welsh. With that said, he was thrilled that the fan questions of when Kal-El would should up began to drop off as the season progressed and viewers became invested in the characters. In essence, they'd come for the Superman brand, but stay for the genuine drama. “We made the characters become the story engine for the show," he added.
This sentiment was also shared by DC's VP of Creative Affairs Dan Evans. "You watch the show for an episode or two and then you forget when Superman is gonna show up," he stated. Moreover, the prospect of messing with continuity doesn't phase him at all. “The beauty of the DC Universe, is it’s a multiverse,” Evans continued, mentioning that the Zod statue on Earth in the season finale could be Earth-72 or some other parallel reality.
When asked if there were any ideas he had to shoot down, Evans revealed:
“There was Green Lantern issues that maybe we have to think about … We haven’t explored the space characters of the DC Universe.”
Still, getting back to a more pressing issue: there's a freakin' Zod statue on Earth! Krypton's been saved, but Kal-El's future has been snuffed out. “[Adam Strange] failed," Welsh said. "Superman has been wiped from existence ... We felt like we were most successful when we did the expected … and we’ll try to do that again.”
Season 2 of Krypton is expected to premiere in 2019. Picking up 4-5 months after the first season, we'll be returning to a Krypton that is very different from the one we left. After all, Zod (Colin Salmon), using his knowledge of the future, has taken over. The origins of Nightwing and Flamebird will be explored as well, said Cuffe. You may know them as certain DC heroes, but they're also the names of Kryptonian gods. In the words of Barney Stinson, "True Story."
The panel closed out with an exclusive gag reel with the cast flubbing their lines and messing around on set.
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