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With Krypton’s Brainiac, DC Finds Its First Terrifying Live-Action Villain

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With Krypton’s Brainiac, DC Finds Its First Terrifying Live-Action Villain

For a while now, we’ve known that Syfy’s DC Comics television series, Krypton, was coming. Little is known about the actual series, other than it takes place two generations before Kal-El, aka Superman, is born.

Krypton is set to follow the story of Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, as the Kryptonian receives a message from a time traveler, Adam Strange, of the planet’s oncoming doom. These are the broad-strokes we were given. But although the series takes place years before Superman, it seems like that won’t stop one of the Man of Steel’s biggest enemies from paying a visit to the Syfy show.

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As it continues to ramp up its promotional efforts, the cable network has released a first look at the series’ villain, along with a video detailing Krypton‘s approach to the classic Superman foe. With only a single picture and a few seconds of footage, it’s clear that the series isn’t playing around. This Brainiac is not only comic book-accurate, he’s downright terrifying. It’s so obvious that we’re comfortable saying that he has the potential to be the most faithful and unsettling villain DC has brought to life on-screen, and that’s including both television and movies.

What we have seen of Krypton‘s Brainiac so far is perfect. He appears to be as old as the universe itself, an ancient presence that haunts the dark corners of the cosmos. His metal tentacles are on full display, and his iconic ship has been remodeled into something that is both old and fearsome. His skin is the perfect shade of green, and his armor looks like it was lifted right from Gary Frank’s artwork, or the Injustice 2 video game. The promo calls him the “Collector of Worlds,” and that is exactly what he is supposed to be. A look at a bottled city aboard his spaceship is all we need to see to realize how dangerous he is, and how faithful he is to his comic book roots. For all intents and purposes, Krypton has given us the definitive live action Brainiac, and the show hasn’t even premiered.

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