Clearly we are getting closer and closer to seeing life on Superman’s homeworld over on Syfy, as they have released the casting breakdown for all of the characters that will be seen on the new show ‘Krypton,’ which sheds some light on the series. It seems most of the characters will either be members of Superman’s family (the “El’s”) or a part of the General Zod’s family (the “Zod’s”), which promises some interesting inter-family drama, and might shed some light on the instinctual dislike between Superman and General Zod years later on Earth. Also intriguing is the inclusion of Dev-Em, who comic fans know eventually makes his way to the 30th century to help the Legion of Superheroes, though here he will be in his youth, and still in full bad-boy mode.
According to TV Line, here’s the full casting breakdown:
SEG-EL | Envisioned here as athletic, quietly confident and in his 20s, comic fans are familiar with an older (and a bit grumpier) Seg from his appearance in the classic Starman No. 51, written by James Robinson with story by Robinson and David S. Goyer, who is executive producer/writer of Krypton. But Seg’s a good guy at any age; in the comics, he and son Jor-El (Kal-El/Superman’s father) helped Starman get away while other Kryptonians wanted to detain – and dissect – the Earthling.
LYTA ZOD | This twentysomething beauty will likely have some familial tie to Superman’s future foe, General Zod, while she herself is a (reluctant) warrior.
VAL-EL | Seg’s genius grandpa defied death by going into the Phantom Zone, and is a staunch believer in space exploration. (We know that’s a lesson he’ll pass along to his great-grandson.)
ALURA ZOD | Lyta’s mom happens to bear the same name as Kara Zor-El’s mother on Supergirl, while “Zod” always raises an eyebrow because of that whole “kneel before” thing.
DEV-EM | If anyone is going to survive Krypton’s inevitable fate, it’ll be this chiseled, twentysomething bad boy. In the comics, Dev escapes the doomed planet, abuses Superboy on Earth and eventually becomes an ally of the Legion of Super-Heroes… in the 30th century.
TER-EL | AKA Seg’s father. We didn’t get him to play Supergirl’s Man of Steel, but maybe Tom Welling (Smallville) could play Clark’s great-grandfather on Krypton?
What are your thoughts on the new series? Do all of the crazy Kryptonian names deter you from wanting to watch and keep track of who is who? Are you worried this will end up being the ‘Gotham’ of the ‘Superman’ world, with a only thin connection to actual stories from the source material? Share your opinions about it all in the comments below!