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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

This take on Brainiac is pretty much the opposite of the Brainiac 5 we saw on Supergirl. On the CW series, this future version of Brainiac appeared to be blue, with long white hair, a complete departure from his supposed green and blond look. To many fans, this interpretation of the comic book character was laughable, and quite unsettling for all the wrong reasons.

What’s more, the DC live action productions, from the DCEU to the previous solo movies, haven’t fared all that well when it comes to truly terrifying villains. Man of Steel‘s Zod was perhaps effective, but never once did he come across as terrifying. The same can be said for Batman v. Superman‘s Lex Luthor, who was a mumbling hipster, as well as Doomsday, who was nothing short of a mindless beast. Then, there are Wonder Woman‘s Ares and Justice League‘s Steppenwolf, who were both generic gods who viewed themselves as superior to humanity. Both characters didn’t get much in the way of development, and neither came across as a true, frightening threat.

Brainiac 5 on Supergirl

Brainiac 5 on Supergirl

The only live-action villain who can come close is The Dark Knight‘s Joker. Heath Ledger’s take on the character immediately became iconic, re-defining the character for the audience. But that was a long time ago, and DC is more than due to give us a solid villain. The various CW shows have tried, with Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke becoming the clear standout. Gotham tried as well, but the Penguin isn’t close to being comic book-accurate. Suicide Squad, a film filled with villains, didn’t even come close to deliver a compelling villain. It seems then that it all falls on Krypton‘s shoulders to showcase Brainiac as the ultimate on-screen villain.

Arrowverse Supergirl Brainiac

Brainiac has been named as the first season’s big bad, and seeing Adam Strange deliver a warning of the maleficent entity makes us believe that the character will have a large presence throughout the series. We’ve only seen a bit of the character in action, but already he appears to have a disconcerting presence. The make-up, as well as the effects used to bring him to life, are top notch, which makes it all the more impressive considering this is done on a basic cable television budget.

RELATED: Syfy’s Krypton Casts Old-School Superman Foe, With a Twist

Brainiac’s goal is clear. His mission, devious. He’s collecting worlds, and from the comics, we know that the Kryptonian city of Kandor sits mightily atop his collection. Will we see the villain lay waste to Krypton? Is this where we will see how the Collector of Worlds added a great and important city to his stock? With no Superman around, what hope does Krypton have?

We can’t wait to find out.


Developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet. The drama follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), whose encounter with Earthly time traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) changes his life, and the course of history. Debuting March 21 on Syfy, Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre and Ian McElhinney.

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