“This is not a prequel, it’s not an origin story, it’s an untold story.”
Set two generations before the birth of the Man of Steel and the destruction of his homeworld, SYFY’s Krypton will explore the (ahem) untold story of Kal-El’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). When the show’s 10-episode first season kicks off on Mar. 21, the House of El has been “ostracized and shamed,” and Supes’ future granddad must fight to “redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos,” according to the official synopsis.
Krypton will also feature some timey-wimey elements in the form of DC Comics character Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos, Dark Matter), a time-traveler from Earth who will deliver a dire warning to Seg-El. Superman villain Brainiac, played by Blake Ritson, will also act as the series big bad.
As you can in the video, executive producers David S. Goyer and Cameron Welsh sat down with SYFY WIRE’s Tara Bennett to preview the upcoming comic book series. The duo spoke about what we can expect from the show, the new characters that will get introduced alongside some familiar comic book faces, and more.
“There’s a familiarity with Superman, with that symbol and with the mythology but there’s very little known about Krypton itself,” Welsh told us. “I think what David did well was by setting it back a couple of generations. It just gave us a lot of breadth, a lot of runway. And it’s an untold story, it’s an unexplored part of a really familiar universe.”
When asked if Seg-El was always set up as the pivot character for Krypton, Goyer confirmed that he was. One of the reasons Seg-El was chosen was because we already know about his son Jor-El’s fate, while we don't know what happened to Seg-El, nor to any of the cast members and the roles that they play. Meaning: Anything can happen to these characters. “The fact that we’ve got a time travel element in fact means that it’s not even written in stone that in our show, Krypton will have the same fate,” Goyer teased.
Welsh then delved a bit deeper into the time travel element used for Krypton, saying: “It’s been a perfect way into the world, it’s allowed to bring in a character from our time and from our world. Somebody that we can relate to so that he can be almost a proxy for the audience, if you like; and we can experience this alien world that’s vastly different to ours—the society, the culture—but we can see it through familiar eyes. So it’s a great way to get in, and it’s a great way to set up this idea that really, anything can happen when what we see very early on in the series is that the timeline that we know that led to Superman’s birth has changed.”
Check out our exclusive interview for more about Krypton, including a discussion about the aesthetic of the show (and the food), the new characters that will populate Superman’s homeworld, including some familiar DC faces, and the romance between Seg-El and Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell).
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.