The curious thing about Syfy’s upcoming Superman prequel series Krypton is that it all ends in fire.
That’s not a spoiler. That’s just the inevitable last stop in the story should it survive the rigors of cable television to last as long as, say, The Walking Dead. Eventually, every character we meet will be consumed as the planet explodes or Rao devours it. But as this Tweet from the show’s official account reminds us, there is more to the legend. And we’ll learn more about it when the series debuts on March 21st, 2018.
Set two generation before the destruction of Superman’s homeworld, the series stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather, who faces an uphill battle to restore the disgraced House of El and calm unrest across the planet. Along the way, he will face the threat of Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and receive some help from displaced Earther Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos). It represents the first live-action long form look at Kal-El’s planet of origin. In comics, Krypton has been the setting of two World of Krypton miniseries and famously hosted Starman Jack Knight during his adventures in time and space. Krypton has also been a major setting in two Superman films: 1978’s Superman and 2013’s Man of Steel.
On television, select scenes in programs like Supergirl, The Adventures of Superman and Superman: The Animated Series have taken place on Krypton, but the series will attempt to tell a completely original story without the benefit of any of the super-powered heroes born there.
Krypton debuts March 21st on Syfy.