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A show based on Superman's family prior to the destruction of their planet has been in the works for quite a while. Krypton was first announced way back in October 2014, and it was confirmed as coming to Syfy in December of the same year. Unfortunately, Krypton development seemed to stall, and for a while it felt like the show was never actually going to happen. Luckily, progress has been made lately, and we now know the official premiere date for the new series on Syfy. Take a look at the social media announcement:

Krypton will finally hit the airwaves with the long-awaited pilot on March 21, according to the post from the show's official Twitter account. Development for the project was ongoing for several years, with castings taking place even when it felt like Syfy would never get the show on the air. Progress really seemed to pick up following the leak of a first look online back in April. Although the first look wasn't online for very long, the footage could be found for long enough that DC Comics and Superman fans could get excited about what the series could deliver.

The official first trailer for Krypton debuted in July with all kinds of great footage that indicates we won't need the Man of Steel in order for this show to capture interest. Krypton is set to follow the life of Superman's grandfather Seg-El and his quest to redeem his family's name in the social circles of their society. We already know of a bunch of legendary DC Comics villains who are slated to appear in what must be some atypical ways. Since Krypton will not be set in either the DCEU or the Arrow-verse, it's not beholden to the canons of any other series, and its versions of comic characters can be entirely unique.

Villains aren't the only recognizable DC characters who will appear in Krypton, although it's difficult not to be excited about Blake Ritson of Da Vinci's Demons signing on as the classic Superman bad guy Brainiac. We do already know that Shaun Sipos of Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries will tackle the role of Adam Strange. All things considered, there's a lot to be excited about with Krypton moving forward.

Sadly, we still have a few months to wait until Krypton debuts on March 21. The good news is that there will be other superhero options on the small screen in the not-too-distant future, as the four shows of the Arrow-verse and the brand new Black Lightning will all make their 2018 premieres on The CW in January. For the other midseason dates you'll need, take a look at our 2018 midseason TV premiere schedule. Our 2018 Netflix premiere guide is worth a look as well, as is our rundown of 2017 TV cancellations.