Before SYFY’s Krypton launched, there was only one big question: why would you make a prequel set on Krypton, when you know the planet explodes at the end?
But turns out, you guys, it’s not a prequel! DON’T CALL IT A PREQUEL. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT CALL IT A PREQUEL.
Or at least, that’s what the cast and crew want you to know in a new behind the scenes featurette SYFY posted about the show.
In order to prove it’s not a prequel, they talk a lot about Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), and how the time traveling superhero means that whatever happens in the future isn’t written. And in fact, if Strange (and General Zod, who is also a time traveler) keeps mucking about on Krypton, it’s entirely possible history might be changed for good.
If Krypton doesn’t explode, it’s definitely not a prequel, because Superman is never sent to Earth, which means nothing we’re seeing on screen would have ever happened. Time travel hurts my head, y’all.
But on the other end of the spectrum, if Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and company are successful, then Krypton will explode. The show then becomes more than a prequel: it’s a tragedy.
Here’s the official description of the series from SYFY:
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 executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy). Cameron Welsh (Ash vs Evil Dead) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
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