SYFY has released the first official teaser for their upcoming Superman prequel TV series, Krypton. Warner Bros. has been busy developing their DC Extended Universe that sometimes it can be easy to overlook the fact that there are more DC Comics-related shows on television than there are movies on the big screen. The CW leads the way with four concurrent superhero shows - Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl - as well as one non-superhero show, iZombie. Furthermore, FOX has two shows of its own - Gotham and Lucifer - while AMC has one, Preacher.
Surely, casual audiences would think that eight DC Comics shows would be enough, but the Warner Bros.-owned comic book publisher doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. In addition to bringing audiences live-action shows such as Black Lightning (CW), Titans (DC Digital), and Scalped (WGN America), the studio has been working alongside SYFY to develop an ambitious Superman prequel series that would focus on the iconic superhero's lineage, particularly on his grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). The upcoming series takes place approximately 200 years prior to Krypton's destruction and follows Seg-El as he attempts to redeem the House of El's name after they were "ostracized and shamed."
So far, not much was known about Krypton, which was created by longtime DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. collaborator David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), aside from the fact that it's a Superman prequel series that focuses on Kal-El's grandfather. Today, fans were given their first look at the series when SYFY debuted the show's first teaser at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. You can watch the teaser in the section above.
The teaser begins with what looks to be Krypton's infamous destruction, which has been seen numerous times on-screen, though it was most recently showcased at the beginning of Man of Steel (aside from its brief destruction during the series premiere of Supergirl). However, the destruction is shown in reverse, which then cuts to a sprawling city, presumably two centuries prior to the planet's collapse. Then, several scenes showcase the various characters and actors/actresses associated with the series, including members from the Vex and Zod families.
Furthermore, the teaser reiterates that the series will premiere sometime in 2018, though one thing people are still questioning is whether or not Krypton actually takes place within the DC Extended Universe. Previous reports have stated that the show is set two centuries prior to the events of Man of Steel, thus indicating the show's connection to the DCEU. However, whenever asked about the show's potential connection to Zack Snyder's film, the cast and crew, as well as NBCUniversal executives, have bounced around explicitly confirming or denying the association. Hopefully, this is something that the executive producers address when the series premieres next year.
Krypton premieres on SYFY in 2018.