Superman Prequel Krypton Just Cast Another Badass Comic Hero
A series all about Superman's family is coming to Syfy with Krypton, and we're going to be getting small screen versions of some DC Comics legends. While many of the characters are going to be from Superman's relatives in the House of El, others will hail from different parts of DC lore. We learned back in July that one comic hero to appear in Krypton will be none other than Adam Strange, and we now know who will play him in the series. Shaun Sipos of Melrose Place andThe Vampire Diaries will tackle the role.
The Adam Strange of Krypton will be a "world-weary human" who ends up stranded on Krypton, according to Deadline. He'll become the mentor to Superman's grandfather, a.k.a. Seg-El, who will be played by Cameron Cuffe. Shaun Sipos has been cast as a series regular for at least the first season of Krypton, so we should see plenty of him. It should be interesting to get a human point-of-view on Krypton.
DC Comics fans will know Adam Strange as an archaeologist originally based out of Peru who was unexpectedly teleported to the planet Rann. While on Rann, Strange worked to protect its people from alien threats using the civilization's advanced technology. He eventually returned to Earth with many new abilities gained and learned on Rann. Strange is recognizable for his jet pack spacesuit and energy guns.
At this point, we can't say just how similar Krypton's Adam Strange will be to the Adam Strange of DC Comics. Krypton seems to be standing in for Rann for the Syfy series. Still, it has not yet been announced if Strange will have a role in protecting the planet beyond mentoring Seg-El. Executive producer Cameron Welsh has revealed that Krypton will include a number of comic characters not normally associated with Superman's home planet because time travel has opened up a great many possibilities. In fact, Welsh also teased the identities of other unexpected DC characters who will appear, including Braniac, Doomsday, Booster Gold, Hawkwoman, and Black Mercy. Even General Zod will turn up.
Interestingly, Krypton will not be the first DC Comics TV series that Shaun Sipos has worked on. Way back in 2003, he appeared in an episode of Smallville on The WB. He returned to the network (which had since changed its name to The CW) in 2009 as a regular in the new version of Melrose Place. That show only lasted for a single season, but he was back on The CW again in 2013 for a role on The Vampire Diaries that would run for eight episodes. Most recently, he played Devon Taltherd in seven episodes of Dark Matter, which sadly got the axe from Syfy in the beginning of the month. Krypton will keep him on Syfy, hopefully for a longer time.
Krypton is slated to debut at some point in 2018, so be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for the latest updates. Don't forget to take a look at our fall TV premiere guide for all the other superheroes who will hit primetime in the coming weeks.
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