SyFy’s Krypton, a prequel to both the story of Superman and the destruction of Krypton, has been a
pitch show that has both excited and confused fans. Unlike the Batman prequel show, Gotham, the ending of Krypton (assuming canon is even loosely adhered to) is fairly set in stone; the show can only last so long prior to the destruction of Superman’s home-world. That said the descriptions below – courtesy of TVLine – certainly do lend potential hope to a show that has a lot of people on the fence as to whether or not they should watch. Based on descriptions below Krypton will explore and elaborate on the tumultuous relationship between the El family line (which eventually spawns Kal-El, Superman) and the Zod family line (which eventually spawns Dru-Zod, General Zod).
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. UPDATE: Lyta Zod has been cast, and will be played by After Hours actress Georgina Campbell
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.)
Other characters include:
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?
While [obviously] nothing is set in stone nor is anything confirmed it’s extremely likely that – based on the description given above – ‘Seg-El’ will be based on the comic book character known as Seyg-El; Jor-El’s estranged father. Furthermore, Val-El will – clearly – be based on his comic book namesake of the same name; a character who is not extremely well known in comic book mythology but has been referenced none-the-less. Dev-Em will, as well, seemingly be based off of his comic book namesake; a character who was trapped in the Phantom Zone and soon became a follower of Zod and his radical beliefs. Interestingly it seems as if characters like ‘Lyta Zod’, ‘Alura Zod’ and ‘Ter-El’ have all been fabricated (although they may be based off of other characters from the comics of different names) specifically for Krypton.