With the season 1 finale of Krypton just a day away, SYFY announces that the Superman prequel series has officially been renewed for a second season. The news isn’t much of a surprise as the series has pulled in good ratings for the cable channel, becoming “the most-watched season for any scripted series on the network since Defiance in 2015.” In addition, the series has been mostly well received by critics, as it managed to offer up an intriguing twist on the usual prequel series by throwing in a time travel element that introduced high stakes normally absent from such stories.
It also didn’t hurt that Krypton gave viewers the chance to see certain DC Comics characters in a new light and in a new context. Though the series revolves around Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, and his fight to save his world from not not only alien invaders but also individuals who may one day lead Krypton to its doom, it has also introduced the likes of Adam Strange, Zod, Brainiac, and Doomsday. The result has been a surprisingly well made first season that has a lot to offer DC fans.
With former Arrow co-star Colin Salmon stepping in as a time-traveling Zod and Blake Ritson delivering a take on Brainiac that’s not only terrifying but is also a faithful adaptation of how the character is presented in the comics, the show has a lot of offer on the villain side of things. But to the series' credit, it’s actually managed to make compelling characters out of both villains, playing up their importance to the future Man of Steel’s storyline while allowing them a chance to make a name for themselves in the past — whether they belong there or not.
The series’ renewal is likely welcome news for fans who’ve become invested in Krypton over the first season, but may have been reluctant to get too attached, especially after the disappointing news that SYFY had canceled The Expanse after three seasons. Though it looks like the space-faring series might have a fighting chance at Amazon, SYFY is ready to move on with more comic book adaptations, like a second season for Happy! as well as the upcoming Deadly Class, which not only adapts the comic of the same name from Rick Remender, but is executive produced by the Russo brothers, who directed a film you may have heard about: Avengers: Infinity War.
Things are looking pretty good for SYFY at the moment, as the channel is not only ready to deliver the fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, but also has a fourth season of The Magicians on the way, as well as Nightflyers, a spooky science fiction story adapted from the novella of the same name by George R.R. Martin. With a lineup like that, it looks like Krypton season 2 will be in some very good company.
Krypton season 1 concludes Wednesday with ‘The Phantom Zone’ @9pm on SYFY.