‘Krypton‘ is going to give us a look at not only one of the most critical areas of the DC Universe which has yet to be explored, but also set it in a time period that is full of mystery. Showrunner Cameron Welsh knows that while the stakes are high, this isn’t a show that can just be created by following a set guide of instructions leading up to the destruction of the planet Superman was born on.
One of the main areas of the show that we’ll see a focus on is Cameron Cuffe’s Seg-El who is Superman’s grandfather. Learning about the future fate of not only his planet but his lineage means that the stakes are high for the character, his legacy, and may even fundamentally change who he is.
According to Welsh:
“We’re just peeling back a lot more layers than probably what we’ve seen before. When we’ve seen Krypton depicted in film before, it’s right before it’s about to explode. We probably don’t go deep into the culture. We don’t go deep into the way the society functions and the people that make it up. We get a bit of a sense of it. In most of the depictions, we touch on it but part of what’s exciting about doing this, we get to get really specific and get really detailed and really get into this world. Again, if this is the planet that birthed the greatest hero of all time, what made that world so special? Of course, we can say that part of what makes Superman Superman is his upbringing on Earth under Martha and Jonathan Kent, but I think another part of it must be baked into his DNA, it must be something to do with being Kryptonian. So what is that? That’s part of what we explore in the show, what makes these people special? A lot of that is the House of El and the legacy of the House of El.”
So what the House of El means for both Krypton and later on Clark Kent sounds as if it will be explored in this series. The series itself we will also see that Seg has fallen from his House and wants to redeem the House of El to be what it once was:
“When we start our show, we see that Seg has become detached from that [legacy]. Being cast out into the rankless, he’s disconnected from his past and from his legacy, and that’s a bit of a journey for him to discover what that legacy is, what it means to be an El, what the Els have always stood for, and what he’ll learn. We saw a little bit of that in the fortress when we saw the windows and the stories of all the Els. He’ll learn that the Els have, for many, many generations, been woven into the fabric of Krypton and they’re part of what makes Krypton special. He’ll start to learn that he’s part of that lineage and so it’s part of what helps ignite him and push him into his hero’s journey. He realizes that … when we first meet him, he’s just a rank-less kid. He’s a street kid who’s running scams and a bit of a drifter, a bit detached, he’s aimless and has no sense of identity, so sense of purpose. That’s the journey that we’ll go on with him as he discovers who he is and what he wants to do.”
Thanks to a specific time-traveling superhero it sounds like he’ll be getting quite a push as to how vital his legacy actually will be.
Are you looking forward to ‘Krypton’? Do you feel that the introduction of the idea of Superman will be what pushes Seg-El into trying for a better tomorrow? Share your thoughts below!
‘Krypton’ will explode onto Syfy on March 21st, 2018!
Source: Comic Book