Syfy has officially confirmed that Krypton, from executive producer David S. Goyer, will debut in 2018. The series’ pickup comes as part of the network’s recent push for more original content in the hopes of cementing its status as the go-to network for sci-fi, fantasy and horror.
While details are scant at the moment, the announcement does confirm that the Superman prequel will star Cameron Cuffe and take place two generations before the destruction of Krypton. According to Syfy’s official page for the series, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather, Seyg El (Cuffe), as he fights to restore honor to the disgraced House of El and pull his world from the brink of chaos.
Krypton has languished in various stages of preproduction since rumors of the series first appeared back in 2014. Casting news and occasional tidbits have made their way online at a steady drip over the last year and a leaked promo that has since been removed piqued fans attention back in April. Krypton is just the latest series based on a DC Comics property to hit the small screen, joining shows like Arrow, The Flash, and iZombie.
Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe and Georgina Campbell as Superman’s grandparents, Seg-El and Lyta Zod. They’re joined by McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”) as Seg-El’s grandfather Val-El, Ann Ogbomo as Lyta’s mother Primus Alura Zod, Aaron Pierre as cadet Dev-Em, Rasmus Hardiker as Seg-El’s best friend and business partner Kem, Elliot Cowan as Kandor’s chief magistrate Daron Vex, and Wallis Day as junior magistrate Nyssa Vex.
Set two generations before the destruction of the titular planet, “Krypton” follows the young Seg-El “as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.” Seg-El is “the scion of the once prosperous El family and is blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical; he is now living in Krypton’s lowest caste after his family was stripped of its rank.”