Almost exactly one year after issuing an official pilot order, Syfy has issued a full series order for the upcoming Superman prequel series Krypton. The network hasn't specified how many episodes were ordered at this time, or when the series will debut yet, but the series is now officially moving forward. The network also hasn't specified when production may begin now that the series order has been issued.
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet, Krypton follows Superman's grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, The Halcyon), whose House of El was ostracized and shamed, as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, Krypton is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
In addition to Cameron Cuffe, Krypton stars Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci's Demons), Ann Ogbomo (World War Z), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness), Wallis Day (Will), Aaron Pierre (Tennison) with Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones). Georgina Campbell plays Lyta Zod, who Krypton's military family, the daughter of General Alura Zod. She is also a cadet in the military system, and she had a "clandestine affair" with Superman's grandfather, Seg-El. McElhinney will play Val-El, Seg-El's grandfather, with Elliot Cowan playing Daron Vex, the Chief Magistrate of Kandor. Ann Ogbomo plays Primus Alura Zod, Krypton's military guild leader and the mother of Lyta, while Rasmus Hardiker plays the rankless Kem. Wallis Day stars as Nyssa Vex, a junior magistrate and the daughter of Daron Vex, with Aaron Pierre playing Dev-Em, a cadet under the command of Primus Alura Zod.
The pilot teleplay was written by Goyer and Kindler, from a story by Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) & Goyer, with Colm McCarthy (She Who Brings Gifts, Peaky Blinders) serving as director and co-executive producer. Krypton is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC. While Krypton is the first DC show to debut on Syfy, it joins a number of successful shows based on DC Comics on different networks. The CW airs hit shows Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, with the network recently issuing a series order for another DC show, Black Lightning, yesterday. Fox's Gotham is wrapping up is third season as well.
This news also comes as Syfy announces a new re-branding of the entire network, which comes in conjunction with the network's 25th Anniversary this year. This re-branding includes a new logo and a visual identity that will be unveiled on June 19. The network also announced two more additions to its powerhouse slate of original programming, including series pickup for Happy!, a graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). Additionally, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions announced a new development project based on author George R.R. Martin's novella Nightflyers.