Krypton: a different kind of origin story
You’ve heard of Superman, now it’s time to meet his elders...
Krypton is the brand new prequel series, taking place two generations before the Man of Steel was born
It’s a fresh take on the world's biggest superhero franchise, turning a classic narrative on its head.
On the distant planet of Krypton, the House of El has been stripped of their noble rank. Their leader, Val-El (whom you might recognise as Ser Barristan Selmy from Game of Thrones), has been shunned and accused of treason.
It’s up to his son, the brash but charming Seg-El, to restore the family honour.
However, a time-traveller by the name of Adam Strange soon arrives from Earth, with troubling reports of Seg-El’s future grandson.
Not only must Seg-El protect his planet, but now the fate of several generations is in his hands.
A time travel plot means that history could be rewritten, and the Man of Steel isn’t necessarily safe. Would they dare eradicate Superman’s future?
Krypton takes a story that you think you know, and reinvents it. It will appeal not only to Superman fans, but to sci-fi and fantasy viewers everywhere.
It works as a standalone story, with a few nods to the original franchise, like the iconic “S” symbol.
The story has depth, diving into family origins and relationships. It’s not just the action-with-a-touch-of-romance that we’ve come to expect from superhero films.
Visually, Krypton is a marvel. The make-believe planet is presented beautifully, from the majestic architecture, to the alien clothing and out-of-this-world technology.
However there are real-life parallels too, and the characters are multi-layered. Seg-El can’t fly, his strengths are not unmatched, as a hero he is more relatable than most.
Inverse Entertainment labels Kypton “by leaps and bounds, the most exciting superhero show in years.”
Krypton premieres Thursday 22 March, same day as the U.S. on TVNZ OnDemand.