The Syfy network has picked up the David S. Goyer produced series, Krypton. The show is named after Superman’s home planet and will be set two generations before time of Kal-El.
With the success of another DC Comics prequel show, FOX’s Gotham, the SyFy network looks to try their hand at a genre that hasn’t really been explored by the network.
The series will star Cameron Cuffe as Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, and focus on his quest to restore the family name to its former glory and his attempt, albeit in vain, to save his home world.
As fans are well aware, Krypton was destroyed due to a nuclear reaction at the planet’s unstable core. Seconds before the explosion, the child Kal-El was sent off the into space on his journey toward his new home, Earth.
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Life on Krypton has only been briefly showcased in the Superman movies, with the most extensive look arguably coming from 2013’s Man of Steel. The planet has varying degrees of advancement throughout the comic books, ranging from a few hundred years ahead of Earth, to thousands.
The show will hopefully provide fans with insight into the Kryptonian fields of science, technology and their society in general. The series will likely chronicle the eventual downfall of the planet and show viewers the events that led to its inevitable destruction. It is safe to assume that the houses of El and Zod will be prominent figures throughout the series, and it will be interesting to see if there was any preexisting animosity between the two families.
The small screen is definitely where DC shines, having built an extensive shared universe on the CW Network, with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Taking into account Goyer’s experience working with DC, and the idea that his storytelling can now play out over seasons instead of hours, Krypton has a good chance to be a network mainstay for the foreseeable future.
Along with Cuffe, Krypton, will also star, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo.
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