You would be hard put in this day and age to find someone who has never heard of Superman as the Man of Steel has been flying high for 80 years. Basically, everyone was introduced to the DC Comics character at one point or another in their lives, with their first exposure to Supes coming from the world of comics, movies or TV.
Star of SYFY’s Krypton Cameron Cuffe, executive producers Cameron Welsh and David S. Goyer, and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics Geoff Johns sat down for a special conversation during which they revealed their earliest memories of Superman and how they fell in love with the character.
Johns' first memory of Superman was the House of El sigil (aka Superman's shield) painted by his mom on his blue bedroom wall — right over his bed. (We're sure we're speaking for everyone by saying Best. Mom. Ever.) For Cuffe, who plays Kal-El's grandfather Seg-El on the Superman prequel TV series, it was the Saturday morning cartoon Superman: The Animated Series that became his gateway into the character. On the other hand, Welsh's first contact with Superman was the 1978 Richard Donner film starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
As for Goyer, it was his mom's chance encounter with a former Superman star that introduced him to the iconic character. "When my mom was 10, she was flying out to California and she met George Reeves on the plane, and he signed a glossy of him in the Superman costume to her — to Linda, my mom. My first image of Superman was this black and white photo of this guy saying 'To Linda, happy flying' or something like that. Now I own that, which is pretty cool."
Dive into our exclusive video for more. Krypton returns with a new episode titled "House of Zod" on April 18 on SYFY.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.