Someone wants to prevent the birth of Superman in new Krypton trailer

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Jan 13, 2018, 4:46 PM EST (Updated)

Imagine a world where Superman had never been born. Go ahead and try. We'll wait ...

Not a very pretty picture, is it? It may no longer be a hypothetical scenario in a new trailer for SYFY's upcoming series Krypton, which takes place 200 years before the birth of the Man of Steel. The ad, which aired at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, focuses on Superman's grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) talking about his family. 

"The story of my family is one of triumph and sacrifice. How we led a revolution against tyranny and now it falls on my shoulders to save my world," says Seg in an epically British voice-over.

The planet of Krypton is in danger of being destroyed, but it's too early for everything to end for its people. Destruction isn't supposed to occur until Jor-El sends his son off to Earth, but someone is arriving from the future to prevent that. Warning of imminent doom comes from Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), a human archaeologist who finds himself on Krpyton. 

"Where I'm from, your grandson becomes the greatest hero of the universe," he tells Seg-El. In the comics, Strange was transported from Peru to the planet known as Rann via a "Zeta-Beam." Using Raan's advanced technology, he protected the people and has teamed up with Superman and the Green Lantern Corps in the past. 

In addition to making sure his grandson is born, Seg-El must also save his family's reputation after the House of El is cast out by Kryptonian society. So, you know, no pressure or anything, Seg.

Then there's the prominence of the letter "S" (which stands for "hope") throughout the trailer, so we'll also probably see a deeper exploration of the symbol that has made Superman so iconic, and the meaning behind it. Plus, the relationship between the El and Zod families before the Phantom Zone was a touchy subject among them (or maybe it always was); Seg-El enters into a forbidden relationship with Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell) that would make Will Shakespeare weak at the knees. 

Developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler, Krypton premieres March 21 on SYFY. Ian McElhinney, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Blake Ritson, and Paula Malcomson all co-star.