There's good news on the horizon for those who need to see more TV adventures based on DC comics, Syfy has just given a series order to the Superman prequel Krypton. The drama is set to make its debut sometime during the upcoming 2017-2018 television season, though no concrete start date has been set just yet.
Syfy confirmed the pickup today, along with two other new additions to its original programming slate. The network hasn't announced how many episodes we can expect to see from the first season of Krypton, but the show promises to be a nice addition to Syfy. The series is being executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Dark Knight trilogy), while Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) is along for the ride as executive producer and showrunner. The pilot episode was also written by Goyer and Kindler.
Krypton will take place two generations before the the destruction of Kal-El's home planet, which then, of course, led to his adventures on Earth. The series will focus on Superman's grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), as a young man while he fights to redeem the House of El after it's been shamed and ostracized among the elite families of the planet. Seg-El will also be working to try and save his world from destruction, although, we all already know how well that's going to work out for him.
While facing the very real pressure of trying to regain some status for his house and keep Krypton from dying a messy and fiery death, Seg-El will be carrying on an illicit affair with Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell), who is the daughter of General Alura Zod (Ann Ogbomo), and is a cadet in Krypton's military. So, it sounds like Kyrpton will be filled with a lot of personal intrigue (a.k.a. potentially hot sex) and troublesome political infighting, which fans of shows like Game of Thrones are sure to enjoy. Of course, the real sell for this show is the fact that it will give DC lovers and fans of science fiction/fantasy a view into the world of Krypton that we've never really seen before. With the exception of the opening scenes of the 2013 film Man of Steel, the mess that was Krypton before baby Kal-El was sent off to live out his life under our yellow sun hasn't been explored much on screen.
I have to say, the Krypton scenes in Man of Steel are one of the things I liked most about that movie, so I have high hopes that digging into the drama that led up to the destruction of that planet will serve up some great action-packed drama. We'll keep you up to date as more details about Krypton become available; until then, be sure to check out our summer premiere schedule and Netflix premiere guide to see what you can catch on the small screen in the coming weeks.