Developed by David S. Goyer and Damien Kindler, Krypton tells the story of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), Superman’s grandfather. Generations before the destruction of Krypton, a young Seg-El must redeem the honor of his family, the House of El, which has been ostracized and shamed. With its leadership in disarray, Krypton is a world in chaos and it will be up to Seg-El to save it. A warning from time-traveling Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) will present Seg-El with a choice that could save his beloved homeworld.
In the poster it shows Seg-El standing on top of the House of El’s crest, holding what appears to be some sort of cape. You can check it out below:
“Ultimately [the journey] is about the struggle of the House of El and how it redeems its honor,” Cuffe revealed back in July to comicbook.com. “Very early on in our story, through no fault of Seg’s own, he goes to the very top of the Kryptonian society, this great House of El, and ends up growing up at the very bottom and has to struggle to survive.” This new poster amplifies that long journey back to prominence, with Cuffe, immensely scaled down within the frame. He’ll have a lot to live up to when it comes to Superman’s iconic ‘S’.
If that wasn’t enough Krypton updates, Hannah Waddingham has been cast as Jax-Ur, formerly one of Krypton’s greatest scientists with deep ties to the planet’s past who now works to bring radical change to Krypton as the leader of the underground terrorist organization, Black Zero. An additional layer to the casting is that the character has traditionally been male in the DC Universe.
Waddingham, known as Septa Unella, the Shame nun in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, played Magdalena in 12 Monkeys for Syfy and Dr. Stone in the BBC drama In The Club. Next, she’ll be seen on the big screen in Nasty Women with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, which is due for release later this year.
In addition to the new poster and casting announcement, Krypton’s production designer Ondrej Nekvasil walks through some of the primary locations of the show, sharing design sketches and thoughts on how the production team conceived of their version of Krypton.
“Because life on the planet is kind of tough, they don’t do designs,” said Nekvasil. Many of those images give us our first look at The Fortress of Solitude, Fort Rozz’s War Room, Seg’s Apartment, Kem’s Bar, and The Guilded area corridor. Check them out below:
“We were trying to create a world that was believable,” Nekvasil tells EW. “The key thing is that on Krypton, all of the people on Krypton look like people on Earth. So, the scale of the set and the scale of the spaces has to be similar to what we know because the people live there.”
“If they make something, it’s because they use it and they would like to use it for life. It’s not because they would like to design something. We were trying to stay away from the over-design, over-dressed rooms. We were trying to show that everything has some kind of practical reason for why it’s there.”
Krypton also stars Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, and Ian McElhinney. The Superman prequel series premieres March 21 on Syfy.
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