Superman prequel TV series escapes the Phantom Zone
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.
KRYPTON WILL AIR IN 2018