Cameron Cuffe, who plays Superman's grandfather Seg-El in the Syfy series Krypton, met former Superman Brandon Routh at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The two posed for a photo at the convention, which inadvertently highlighted some Kryptonian superpowers in the process.
From producer David S. Goyer (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the upcoming Green Lantern Corps.), Krypton tells the story of Superman/Kal-El's home planet roughly 200 years prior to his birth. The sci-fi series revolves around his grandfather Seg-El (played by Cuffe), as he attempts to reclaim his family's honor after they're accused of treason and ostracized. The series exists before the planet's destruction, detailing the events that ultimately lead to Krypton's final moments. And even though Brandon Routh (who starred as Superman/Kal-El in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns in 2006) has no affiliation with the series, the two actors met at SDCC 2018, and posed together for a photo.
While attending SDCC 2018 to promote the upcoming second season of Krypton, Cuffe was introduced to Routh (who was attending the convention to promote the CW series Legends of Tomorrow) by comic book author Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Legends of the Dark Knight). Cuffe posted the photo to his official Twitter account, not only addressing his enthusiasm about the opportunity to meet Routh, but likening the red-eye effect caused by the camera's flash in their eyes to Kryptonian heat vision powers.
As exciting as it might have been for Cuffe to meet one of his onscreen predecessors, this isn't the first time that actors from the Superman lineage have met in real life. Routh has also met and taken photos with Tyler Hoechlin (who plays Superman on The CW's Supergirl) and Dean Cain (who played Superman in the '90s ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman). Incidentally, Cain and Teri Hatcher (who played Lois Lane in Lois & Clark) play Kara Danvers/Supergirl's adoptive father and the villainous Rhea in Supergirl, respectively.
While Kryptonian lore has maintained a strong presence in pop culture since the first Superman comic was published roughly seventy years ago, Syfy's Krypton is giving TV audiences something unique for a change. In the past thirty-odd years alone, there have been six different actors playing Superman in live-action adaptations. And even though Krypton hasn't necessarily garnered the critical praise it might have aimed for, it at least deserves credit for taking a less-expected approach to the Man of Steel mythos.
Krypton season 2 will air on Syfy sometime in 2019.
Source: Cameron Cuffe
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