It’s been a couple of years since Syfy announced a series about Superman‘s long-lost home world, Krypton, set in the days of Kal-El’s grandfather, Seg-El. The series is spearheaded by Man of Steel and Dark Knight trilogy writer David S. Goyer, and the pilot was directed by Colm McCarthy, and written by Goyer and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time). Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) is on board as series showrunner. Now we have our first ever trailer for the series, thanks to the folks at Den of Geek, which you can watch below:
Our first takeaway from this trailer? This is definitely not going to be a low-budget production. It seems we’ve come a long way since the Krytonian flashbacks on Smallville, which always seemed to be done on the cheap. Also, unlike Batman “prequel” series Gotham, the Kryptonian aesthetics of the series’ production design definitely suggest that this is a direct precursor to the film Man of Steel, and—therefore—the first DCEU television series. The Kryptonian look and tech don’t seem to line up at all with the CW’s Supergirl series for instance. However, the domed cities seem to be a nod to Richard Donner’s original Superman: The Movie.
The teaser trailer also mentions a “revolution against tyranny.” In the pages of the comics, Krypton went through several wars, and the House of El was at the forefront of most of them. Kryptonians lived as virtual immortals, because each Kryptonian had cloned versions of themselves to constantly use as “spare parts,” keeping the Kryptonian elites young and healthy. Eventually, the clones fought back from their status as slaves, beginning a series of clone wars that lasted generations. Could the Krypton series be leaning into this aspect of the comic book mythology? Certainly Goyer’s Man of Steel drew plenty from this more modern interpretations of the planet from DC Comics.
Among the other DC Comics Easter eggs spotted in the trailer, we see a moment which has Seg-El looking at a miniaturized city inside a dome. Shrinking Kryptonian cities is usually the M.O. of Superman villain Brainiac, who once shrank the Kryptonian city of Kandor and took it for his private collection before the destruction of the planet. Could we be looking at Kandor, or is this another example of a miniaturized Kryptonian city? And will the series be how the DCEU is introduced to Brainiac before his eventual big screen debut?
Also, we get our first glimpse of Seg-El getting hot and heavy with a character that seems to be Lyta Zod (played by Georgina Campbell) who he’s been having “a clandestine, forbidden romance” with. Why forbidden? In certain versions of Krypton’s past in the comics, Krypton’s military and science faction have been odds with one other, and the mixing of the two castes is strictly against Kryptonian law. The show could be going in this direction. And as her name would suggest, Lyta Zod is indeed a direct ancestor of the future General Zod, a perpetual thorn in Superman’s side. But it seems once upon a time, the Els and the Zods were much cozier.
No premiere date has been given for Krypton, but it could possibly air as early as this fall.
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