Superman pre­quel TV se­ries es­capes the Phan­tom Zone

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A TV SHOW about Superman’s grand­dad might not sound in­stantly ap­peal­ing, con­jur­ing up im­ages of a dod­dery codger in an S-em­bla­zoned cardi­gan fly­ing around bingo halls. But fear not: this isn’t Old Man Of Steel. In­stead, Kryp­ton rewinds the clock to 200 years be­fore the de­struc­tion of Kal-el’s home planet, show­ing how his pop-pop Seyg-el grap­pled with im­mense chal­lenges of his own. “Clark Kent had the ben­e­fit of grow­ing up on Kent Farm, this beau­ti­ful place where he’s ac­cepted and loved,” says star Cameron Cuffe. “Seyg grows up in a so­ci­ety that’s lean­ing hard to­wards au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. He’s much more of a rogue than Superman. A bit more an­gry, wily, street-smart.” Showrun­ners Damian Kindler and Cameron Welsh are ex­cited to delve into the fan­tas­ti­cal world of Kryp­ton — the brief glimpse of the planet we got in Man Of Steel was con­sid­ered

by many to be the high­light of that film. “It’s such a rich stew,” Welsh says. “It’s an alien world and looks noth­ing like Earth.”

Ex­pect epic vis­tas, scary crea­tures, cool space­craft, time­travel and, judg­ing by the re­cent trailer, lots of fight­ing in­volv­ing curvy bladey things. “There’s an ad­vanced mar­tial art that the Mil­i­tary Guild guys are trained in,” says Cuffe of the elite force charged with safe­guard­ing Kryp­to­nian cap­i­tal Kan­dor. “But for Seyg, every­thing he knows about fight­ing he’s learned the hard way, from grow­ing up on the streets. His best ad­van­tage is his mind.”

One other thing you can ex­pect: the un­ex­pected. “Char­ac­ters from the DC Uni­verse you won’t an­tic­i­pate be­ing there will be there,” hints Kindler. Bat­man v Superman’s Grandpa? You heard it here first.


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