The Syfy series will delve on the fall and rise of Superman’s family, the House of El, two generations before his birth.
The history of Superman's family is finally getting a TV treatment via "Krypton" and its producers apparently have a 7-to-8 year plan for the show.
"Krypton" will debut on Syfy on Wednesday, March 21. Showrunner Cameron Welsh confirmed that they have mapped out at least seven to eight seasons of the series long before the cable network announced its debut.
Producers David Goyer and Geoff Johns are confident that fans of the Superman's lore will patronize the show. Not a lot of people know Superman's family history, hence "Krypton" will spark curiosity.
"This is an untold story and time travel is involved," Goyer said. "History could be changed and what happens in this story can be very different from the backstory people know."
"Krypton" will open with time traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) warning Seg-El (Cameron Cuff), Superman’s grandfather, that he has to redeem the ostracized House of El. He'll also have to make a big decision: stop Krypton's destruction and save his home planet, or let events take its course to usher his grandson's fate as a future savior.
The show takes place years before Superman or Kal-El's birth, with a young Seg-El struggling to find his place in the Krypton's social system. The series is also expected to play around with the original timeline in the DC Universe that comic book readers might know. Other DC characters, such as Green Lantern and Doomsday, might also appear on the show in future episodes.
Cuffe revealed in a panel that he's greatly aware of the responsibility of playing a role so closely associated to Superman. Producers told him what's expected of him not only as an actor but also as an ambassador.
"It's a cultural icon but also an international icon," Goyer said. “It’s important to take that into consideration...even the smallest decision is something you think about carefully,” he added.
"Krypton" begins its run on Syfy on Wednesday, March 21, at 10:00 p.m. EST. The show also stars Ann Ogbomo (Primus Alura Zod), Georgina Cambell (Lyta Zod), Ian McElhinney (Val El)), Blake Ritson (Brianiac), Wallis Day (Nyssa Vex) and Paula Malcomson (Charys).