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Su­per­man’s myth­i­cal home world gets its own TV show

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Su­per­man’s home­world gets its own show. En­joy it while it lasts, snick­ers Jor-El.

SU­PER­MAN’S GRANDAD IS CEN­TRAL 1

Fa­ther to Jor-El and grand­fa­ther to Kal-El, Seg-El must re­deem his fam­ily’s hon­our af­ter grow­ing up in the planet’s Ran­k­less district.

“The Ran­k­less district,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Damian Kindler, who de­vel­oped Krypton with David Goyer, “is the old­est, rough­est part of Kan­dor City. The up­per class, when they have ei­ther bro­ken laws or fallen out of favour, are sent to live in the Ran­k­less district – a domed city, and it’s a tough hard-scrab­ble ex­is­tence. In our first episode, the House of El is stripped of its rank, and the for­mer Els are sent to live in the Ran­k­less district.”

SEG-EL HAS ROUGH EDGES 2

“Young Seg grows up learn­ing he’s got to be quick with his mind and quick with his fists,” ex­plains Kindler. “He’s rougher and darker than Su­per­man ever was.”

“The el­e­ments of this legacy that’s out there,” adds ac­tor Cameron Cuffe, who plays the be­lea­guered Kryp­to­nian, “and this sense of what­ever it was that his fam­ily stood for, he’s very iso­lated from it. What’s real to him is just mak­ing it through an­other day. That’s where we meet him at the be­gin­ning of our story.”

THERE’S A ZOD PRES­ENCE 3

Long­time Su­per­man fans will no doubt be shocked to learn that Krypton places Seg-El in a star-crossed ro­mance with a Zod – Lyta Zod, played by Ge­orgina Camp­bell.

“Within Krypton, there’s a very pre­cise so­ci­ety,” says Cuffe, “and there’s a guild sys­tem. She’s within the mil­i­tary guild. She’s a sol­dier, and Seg is a hustler from the streets. It should be oil and wa­ter. Es­pe­cially in a so­ci­ety that is lean­ing on very pre­cise ideas about who you are, what can you do, and what you can stand for. So for that to hap­pen is an act of re­bel­lion. This is prob­a­bly the most cen­tral re­la­tion­ship in the show as we start off.”

KRYPTON’S A LOT LIKE EARTH 4

The show’s de­pic­tion of Kryp­to­nian so­ci­ety, says Kindler, of­fers plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­ment on the prob­lems plagu­ing our world.

“The great thing about this show is we get to talk about is­sues of race, of re­pro­duc­tive rights, vi­o­lence, govern­ment, and theoc­racy with­out go­ing, ‘Eat your veg­eta­bles!’ We get to play it like, ‘This is a place where it doesn’t mat­ter what colour you are, it mat­ters what the ge­netic cod­ing is.’ What hap­pens when the tech­nol­ogy is cre­ated for pop­u­la­tion con­trol and ge­netic per­fec­tion for sur­vival on a harsh planet? How does that af­fect the in­di­vid­ual rights and dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of ev­ery­body?”

THERE’LL BE SOME FA­MIL­IAR FACES 5

DC Comics fans can look for­ward to some char­ac­ters you recog­nise on Krypton, among them he­roes Adam Strange (Shaun Si­pos) and Hawk­woman, who travel back in time to stop vil­lains like Dooms­day and Brainiac from eras­ing Su­per­man’s legacy.

“Threats from the fu­ture can im­pact the past in a way that rewrites his­tory,” teases Kindler. “By the end of the pi­lot, ev­ery­thing you think you know about Krypton is fake. You’re gonna be like, ‘Oh my God, the game has changed. The fu­ture and the past are col­lid­ing!’”

Krypton de­buts on Syfy in the US in 2018. UK broad­caster is TBC.

Cameron Cuffe stars as Su­per­man’s grandad, Seg-El.

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