The full trailer for Syfy’s Krypton is here, and we have some exciting news. Despite being set on an alien planet, decades in the past, they found a way to include a fratboy-looking guy in a baseball hat and a hoodie. You know, in case all the sci-fi/fantasy stuff gets uncomfortably weird.
The guy in question is Adam Strange, a man from present-day Earth who somehow finds himself on the planet Krypton, hanging out with Superman’s grandfather Seg-El. The show follows Seg-El as he tries to rebuild his family’s honor while maintaining a secret relationship with Lyta Zod, an ancestor of the Superman villain General Zod.
DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns revealed this week that instead of being a straightforward prequel, Krypton will play around with the familiar DC Comics timeline. By introducing Adam Strange as a time traveler, they gave themselves more leeway. By the look of things, Seg-El may face a choice between saving his planet and allowing it to explode so Superman can exist.
Showrunner David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) said they have a “seven, eight-year plan” for the show, ambitiously describing it as “the gateway into the DC science fiction universe.”
The aristocratic alien premise has a slight Game of Thrones vibe; an intriguing departure from DC’s more traditional superhero shows like Arrow and Supergirl. Then again, Marvel‘s Inhumans had similar aims. There’s an undeniable hint of Inhumans here, toning down a fantasy concept with rather generic-looking characters in leather jackets. Would it kill them to include more tinfoil robes or something?
Krypton arrives on Syfy on March 21.