A Superman prequel series set years before the destruction of the Man of Steel’s home planet is coming to television in 2018, and Syfy made it official by debuting the first full-length trailer for Krypton.
Premiering March 21 on Syfy, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the eponymous planet where Superman and Supergirl were born. The series follows Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, as he fights to save his world and redeem the honor of his family name, the House of El. The show is executive produced and co-written by Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter David S. Goyer. Once Upon a Time and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles writer Ian Goldberg is Goyer’s co-writer on the series.
The Halcyon actor Cameron Cuffe stars in the series as Seg-El, whose name is a nod to Superman’s co-creator, Jerry Siegel. The series is inspired by John Byrne’s 1987 comic-book miniseries The World of Krypton, which introduced many of the concepts surrounding the politics of Krypton prior to its destruction, and the character of Superman’s grandfather, known as “Seyg-El” in that story.
Syfy previously released a teaser trailer for the series in July 2017, on the first day of San Diego Comic-Con.
Syfy has indicated that Krypton will not connect with the other television series set in the DC Comics live-action universe — such as Arrow, The Flash, and most importantly, Supergirl — but has not ruled out introducing its own version of Superman separate from actor Tyler Hoechlin’s portrayal of the character in the aforementioned shows.
Joining Cuffe in the cast is Broadchurch actress Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod, an ancestor of Superman’s archenemy, as well as Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones) as Val-El, Elliot Cowan (Alexander) as Daron-Vex, Ann Ogbomo (Wonder Woman) as Alura Zod, Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness) as Kem, Wallis Day (The Royals) as Nyssa, and Aaron Pierre (Prime Suspect 1973) as Dev-Em.
Peaky Blinders and The Girl With all the Gifts director Colm McCarthy directed the pilot episode of Krypton. Sanctuary creator and Sleepy Hollow writer Damian Kindler serves as an executive producer along with Goyer and showrunner on the series.
Update: We’ve added the first full trailer for Krypton and the show’s premiere date.