Syfy has released a new 22-minute featurette for their upcoming series Krypton. The video includes appearances from the cast of the new series as well as comic creators Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and more. It gives an idea of how the idea for the series grew from David S. Goyer working on the Man of Steel and how he wanted to stress that Superman was an alien, and he did that with the opening sequence that took place on Krypton. It was the scene and talking with Johns that made things come together for the story of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and his having to save Krypton from Brainiac (Blake Ritson) with the help of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).
We learn in the new series, which takes place 200 years before Kal-El heads to Earth, that there is amazing advances in technology on Krypton — but there is also corruption and Machiavellian politics going on behind the scenes, which is the reason for the fall of the House of El. Their approach is that the planet is late in its life-cycle, and the resources have become scarce. The society is divided by class, and those in charge don’t care at all about those on the lower end. The planet is ruled by a theocracy, and Seg’s grandfather, Val-El, is sentenced to death for claiming there was more life in the universe. And while the story focuses on the House of El, it also tells the story of the House of Zod. The featurette goes into even more detail and gives you a pretty good idea of what the show is going to be, at least in the beginning.
I’ve had a chance to watch a couple of the early episodes and will say I was pleasantly surprised. It’s far more than I expected and is very enjoyable.
Krypton debuts on March 21st on Syfy.