One of the greatest challenges in storytelling is to subvert your audiences’ expectations. However, that same challenge also holds the largest reward when an ambitious creator can succeed in taking their story to even greater heights. With that being said, expectations couldn’t have been much lower for the SyFy Network’s upcoming TV show, Krypton.
The upcoming television show, inspired by the pages of DC Comics and Superman, takes place generations before the birth of Kal-El/Clark Kent, aka Superman, on his home planet of Krypton. It follows the adventures of his grandfather, Seyg-El (Cameron Cuffe), as the untold story of the Man of Steel’s ancestor and the foundation that he left for the universe’s greatest superhero to be born. Krypton was created by David S. Goyer, the screenwriter behind Blade, Batman Begins, and Man of Steel. The series first season has a ten-episode run and premieres in two short months.
Recently, the show’s creators have begun to hint at the story and scope of the series, that despite the show’s setting in the past, will still incorporate many iconic characters and locations from DC Comics’ lore. The show tracks Seyg-El’s discovery that his grandson is destined to become a mythic hero due to a time traveler, Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), who journeys to his planet to change the course of history. This sci-fi element will enable the show to incorporate characters from the both the present time and ones who live on far off planets.
This is what Goyer had to say about the possibilities for the series at the show’s panel at the Television Critic’s Association:
“Since you can tell time travel is involved, what that means is history can be changed. What happens in this show could be very different than the backstory that most people know. It will affect what’s happening today. Because there’s a time travel element, we have a tremendous amount of free rein. Not that much is known about Kryptonian society in the comic books.”
It seems that the ambitions of the show are beyond what most have anticipated. The showrunners have already either confirmed or hinted at appearances from Braniac, Doomsday, and even the Green Lantern Corps. There may be no real limits to where the show can go. Now the biggest question will be if the SyFy channel can recapture the magic of unexpected hits like Battlestar Galactica and make Krypton a surprise sensation as well. It’s hard to say that this show is a lock, however it is worth a look… Check it out:
Syfy’s Krypton, the much-anticipated Superman prequel set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, will follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
Krypton will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer/showrunner; Colm McCarthy (She Who Brings Gifts, Peaky Blinders) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Krypton will be produced by Warner Horizon Television and is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics.
Krypton premieres on March 21st on SyFy.