The First Teaser for Superman Prequel Series 'Krypton' Leaks Online

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - 8:25PM
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - 8:25PM
The First Teaser for Superman Prequel Series 'Krypton' Leaks Online
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Unlike Marvel's unified franchise, DC has never attempted to have a cohesive universe among their movies and many TV shows. There's the four "Arrowverse" shows on the CW, which operate in a different universe than NBC's Powerless, and then Fox's Gotham has yet another universe to call its own. None connect back to the DC Extended Universe of the movies.

Soon, yet another DC show is expected hit the airwaves in the Superman prequel Krypton, which might be the first to actually connect to the films. Starring Superman's grandfather "Seg-El" (named for Superman creator Jerry Siegel), Krypton was first announced way back in 2014 as a project by the Man of Steel/Batman v. Superman writer David S. Goyer. But today, the trailer for the pilot episode unofficially leaked online - the cast matches up with official Syfy casting announcements, so the only thing that's off about the teaser is DC's old logo. That, and the weird premise:



First off, let's just say that this looks exactly how one would expect an original series on SyFy to look. It's very TV budget science-fictiony, and if you took out all the Superman iconography it could easily pass for Battlestar Galactica or Stargate Atlantis. That's not necessarily bad, as those shows have legions of fans, but it might not necessarily draw in the hardcore Superman fans we think the show's gunning for. 

Then again, the show might not even be gunning for Superman fans at all, since Superman isn't even in the show. The series takes place two hundred years before his birth and stars newcomer (and very young-looking) Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Superman's grandfather. Seg-El apparently has to redeem the House of El's good name, since the family has been ostracized for some reason. There hasn't been any official confirmation on whether the show takes place in the DCEU, beyond Goyer's involvement, but this honestly seems so disconnected from even Superman that it may not actually matter.

The big question is, though, will anyone care? A show about Superman's grandfather isn't exactly something fans have been clamoring for, and a Superman show without Superman also seems like a risky move (even Gotham couldn't completely leave out Bruce Wayne). Krypton might appeal to fans of SyFy's particular brand of outer space drama, or fans of the first few scenes in Man Of Steel, but the connection to any familiar DC stuff seems tenuous.
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