Krypton: Watch the New Trailer and Get Updates on the Superman Series

Krypton- Pilot

Krypton- Pilot

The high-concept drama - which "is the biggest budget show [Warner Horizon and Syfy] have ever done", per Goyer - focuses on Superman's grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), who is enlisted by time-traveling hero Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) to protect his unborn grandson's future and the legacy of House El when Brainiac threatens both.

When a reporter queried why the producers chose Adam Strange as opposed to a more recognizable time-traveler like Booster Gold or the Linear Men, Johns offered a delightfully nerdy explanation.

"Any of these characters could eventually show up", Johns added.

The show is not set in the same continuity of any existing DC comic book adaptations on TV, like The CW's Arrowverse or Fox's Gotham, so don't expect Henry Cavill or Typer Hoechlin on the Syfy series. Not helping matters, Krypton's leadership is in disarray and the House of El is ostracized. According to Goyer, "This is an untold story and time travel is involved". While he tasks Seg-El with saving Krypton presumably to ensure Kal-El's eventual birth and evolution into the Man of Steel, the unspoken truth hanging over the series is that without Krypton's eventual demise there would be no reason for Superman to have been sent to Earth as an infant to begin with.

"History could be changed, and what happens in this show could be very different from the backstory that people know", Executive Producer David S. Goyer said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour Tuesday. It was previously reported that the show may also feature Doomsday and Hawkgirl. We get to explore every corner of the mythology.

"Specifically, you know the main reason is and this will sound kind of amusing, but there's this, I think when people think of fantasy or science fiction when you think of accents, for whatever reason, the Mid-Atlantic or British accent is the default accent when you're dealing with an alien world". The show is set two generations before Krypton was destroyed.

"Yeah, we have freedom too, we can do our own iteration of Doomsday untethered to anything else", Johns said. For one thing, I couldn't help but ask, "Why bother focusing on this story when we know exactly where it's going - with the mass destruction of everyone on this planet?"

Krypton premieres March 21, 2018 on Syfy.

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