I’d Forgotten There Was Going to Be a Krypton TV Show

Krypton show logo

It’s an obvious idea, given the success of Gotham, going into its fourth season on Fox, but I’d completely forgotten that Syfy will be running Krypton next year.

Like Gotham, which explores the famous setting before Batman became Batman, Krypton is set two generations (which they’re equating to 200 years) before Superman’s home planet blows up.

Here’s the short Comic-Con teaser trailer:

Why, though? Gotham City is interesting, and there are tons of well-known characters who can be hinted at. Krypton is boring and sterile and features no one we know. And although I’m old and not up on the latest “stars”, it features no one I’ve ever heard of. Here’s the leading man and the plot description:

Cameron Cuffe

Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

Only it’s a doomed quest, isn’t it? Which may be why, at the Comic-Con panel, Geoff Johns teased a lot more to the series.

“It’s a show that, although it takes place centuries ago on Krypton about the House of El, it’s about a conspiracy from the present that has traveled back in time to Krypton to prevent Superman’s legacy from ever happening.”

Adam Strange and Hawkwoman will visit Krypton. The big villain is Brainiac, with Doomsday also appearing in the show.

The Krypton team knew that setting an entire series in the past wouldn’t be compelling enough for audiences, so they had to “connect it to present day.”

Right they are! Also, it will exist in its own universe, so no CW crossovers. Which means at a time when there’s a Superman history show and a Supergirl show airing, they won’t have anything to do with each other.

The pilot is written by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time), who have the right credentials but have taken approaches to revisionist work that I haven’t cared for. Moot point, anyway, since I no longer pay for cable, so I’ll have plenty of time to watch for reviews before I seek out streaming or DVD versions.



2 comments

  • -3-

    Comparing Krypton to Gotham is widely missing the mark, in my opinion. Smallville, obviously, is an appropriate comparison (or spawning ground, if you prefer.)
    Krypton, on the other hands, just reeks of trying to find a way to cut a piece of the cash pie.

    Add the fact that it comes from a channel famous for murdering concepts and some of the people involved – forgetting that the show exists seems like a pretty good plan, actually.

  • James Schee

    Apparently early on the concept was based on the Man of Steel movie Krypton. But I’m guessing as time has gone on and the shine of that faded even more it made sense for a bit.

    Oddly it wouldn’t be the first prequel of a doomed planet series. The Alf cartoon was set on Melmac, with him and his family. Which creeped me out thinking about how most of those characters would soon be dead.

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