Our first solid look at Syfy’s long-in-the-works Superman prequel Krypton is finally here—and it’s a suitably strange for a look at Superman’s homeworld before it got turned into millions of tiny little pieces.
First debuted at the Television Critics Association’s Winter press tour, the teaser only gives us a few glimpses of Krypton before it gets roasted, but it’s enough for us to get the gist—there’s drama going down in the house of El, and it’s up to Seg-El, Kal-El’s grandfather (played by Cameron Cuffe, who narrates the trailer) to help restore honor to his family’s name. Also, the planet’s gonna blow up, but let’s forget about that for a bit, shall we?
There’s a lot of of ornate Kryptonian vistas we get a look at, but the weirdest part of this trailer is Syfy’s attempt to “ground” the whole aesthetic of the Kryptonians. The costumes are all gritty jackets with the occasional flair of capes, but the weirdest goes to a character who is presumably Adam Strange—the cosmic DC hero who will play a major role in the show’s framing device. He’s been sent from DC Comics’ present to preserve the tragic fate of Superman’s homeworld in the past, dressed here not in his superhero garb, but instead... a very out-of-place hat and hoodie combo? It’s weird.
Speaking at the TCA tour, Krypton executive producer David S. Goyer said the time-travel element of the show means the show isn’t really beholden to the idea of a DC comics “canon,” suggesting the show (if it’s successful) could drag out Seg-El’s long life across multiple series:
You can tell [from that trailer] that time travel is involved, and what that means is history could be changed, and what happens in this show could be very different from the backstory that people know. A lot of people know that Krypton blows up and that’s what caused Superman to come to Earth, but this is really an untold story.
But even though it’s a Krypton-focused story, the series will use Adam Strange as the audience-perspective character, according to DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, leveraging Adam’s own relationship with Superman in the comics to act as the stranger in a strange land when he finds himself in Krypton’s past:
He’s an unlikely hero. He’s the unlikely choice of shouldering this burden of trying to stop someone from the present trying to prevent this Superman legacy… Adam Strange is a character that doesn’t really embody what Superman does as far as honor and justice, doesn’t really know right from wrong, but looks up to Superman.
Krypton debuts on Syfy March 21.