What is this continuing fascination with people wanting to do Superman TV series that don’t actually feature Superman?
It started with Smallville—which ran from 2001-11—and its “no tights, no flights” rule, which meant we would never see Clark Kent (Tom Welling) fly (though we did once) or don the traditional red and blue outfit until the very end of the series.
That “tradition” continued with season one of Supergirl, that oh-so-annoyingly digitally manipulated Man Of Steel so that he was kind of there on occasion, but really wasn’t (at least not until season two). And now there’s Krypton, which Syfy has just announced will be going to series, which doesn’t feature the character at all.
Yet somehow they just might pull it off.
The premise serves as something of a prequel to the well-known Superman story, taking place two generations before Krypton's destruction and the sending of baby Kal-El by his parents, Jor-El and Lara, to Earth. There, of course, he grows up to become Superman.
Anyone who has seen the 2013 film Man Of Steel knows that that film began with an extended sequence on Krypton, with Russell Crowe as Jor-El. It featured heavy sci-fi elements and would seemingly serve as some of the inspiration for this show.
Krypton explores the ostracizing of the El family and the efforts of Seg-El (Superman’s grandfather) to restore honor to the family name while simultaneously attempting to save the planet from the chaos that has engulfed it.
“Krypton is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”
The script is written by Goyer and Ian Goldberg, and the pilot’s director is Colm McCarthy. Filming took place in Serbia. Goyer, of course, has written Batman Begins, Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
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Seg-El is the name given to Superman's grandfather, and relatively unknown actor Cameron Cuffe has been signed to play him. The British-born Cuffe graduated from Dublin, Ireland's The Lir Academy and appeared in the film Florence Foster Jenkins. In Britain, he was on the TV drama The Halcyon, which the network describes as telling the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war in 1940.
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