With the Batman prequel series Gotham entering its third season on Fox, the CW's Arrow-verse bringing Supergirl into the fold, and Marvel expanding their own neck of the woods on Netflix and ABC, superhero television is blowing up in a big way. Speaking of things that blow up, Syfy recently ordered a pilot for a Superman prequel series about his doomed homeworld, Krypton.
Created and written by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman), the series is set to take place two generations before a baby Kal-El a.k.a. Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman is sent to earth. Krypton's plot looks to revolve around the familial politics of a disgraced El family and the Zods.
It's been a few months since the show's list of character descriptions first hit and Syfy appears to have landed their first player. Deadline reports that British actress Georgina Campbell has been chosen for a lead role in the series as Lyta Zod. Campbell won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in 2015 for her role in the BBC television feature, Murdered by my Boyfriend.
Lyta Zod is a cadet in Krypton's military caste system and the daughter of General Alura Zod. Unhappy with her place in society, she is secretly romantically entangled with a member of the El family named Seg. As a lead in the series, it's likely that Lyta's relationship will have ramifications of Romeo and Juliet proportions to the plot. No word yet on whether or not she'll be demanding that others kneel before her.
With a lack of superpowers, a made-for-TV budget, and a somewhat forgone ending, it will be interesting to see if Goyer and Syfy can design a compelling experience from the story of Superman's precursors. Then again, Syfy's own Battlestar Galactica primarily revolved around space politics and had some very compelling seasons. Based on Campbell's credentials it sounds like they're off to a good start, but it will take more than a solid cast to keep viewers invested. Goyer seems like a natural pick to guide the series considering his movie history with the Man of Steel. His depiction of Superman has been divisive, but his vision of Kryptonian politics might have been one of the most interesting facets yet of the burgeoning DCEU.
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We’ll bring you more information on Krypton as it becomes available.