With Justice League debuting in theaters two months ago and Supergirl still going strong on The CW, there’s no shortage of Superman-related media these days. Nonetheless, Syfy is about to add to the mythos with a new prequel series called Krypton, focusing on the Man of Steel’s grandfather.
The new show has been in the works for a few years now but is finally making its debut in March, so the network has (suitably enough) released our first full-look in the form of a new trailer.
Actor Cameron Cuffe plays the main role of Seg-El, grandfather to Superman (also known by his Kryptonian name, Kal-El).
Krypton will take place 200 before Kal-El is born, though, and sent to Earth just before the destruction of the titular planet.
As the trailer reveals, however, there is a time travel element involved on the show that makes Kal-El’s eventual birth a seminal part of the story.
Famed DC Comics character Adam Strange has a major role on Krypton as a time traveler from our present arriving to ensure the events that lead to Superman coming to Earth play out as they are supposed to.
Krypton is executive-produced by David S. Goyer, the screenwriter behind Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
This is, of course, not the first Superman prequel series; Smallville, which featured a young pre-Superman Clark Kent, ran for ten seasons on The WB and later, The CW.
FOX is also airing a prequel series to one of DC’s biggest heroes in the form of Gotham, featuring a young Bruce Wayne and future police commissioner James Gordon.
Goyer says the time travel element on Krypton will allow the series to divert from established comic book canon where necessary, so don’t expect to see the familiar Superman story play out once again. Krypton debuts March 21 on Syfy.