Syfy’s Krypton takes viewers to the home planet of Superman, two generations before the hero’s birth. But which version of Superman is that? Since it was first announced, there has been some confusion over whether or not the show has connections to the DC Extended Universe’s Krypton as seen in Man of Steel. Though it’s become clear that Krypton is its own thing, it appears that early in the show’s development there were plans to link it to the DCEU.
Developed by David S. Goyer and Damien Kindler, the series takes place at a time where Krypton has been thrust into chaos and its leadership is in disarray. At the center of it all is Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). The show will follow Seg-El as he struggles to redeem the honor of his family, the House of El while also engaging in a forbidden romance with Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell). After meeting a time-traveler from Earth named Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), Seg-El learns of a conspiracy to prevent the birth of his future grandson, who is fated to become the “greatest hero in the universe.”
Seg-El will be faced with a difficult decision. He can save his world, or he can save the life of his grandson, a person who isn’t even born yet. Through all this, he’ll be up against Brainiac (Blake Ritson), one of Superman’s oldest villains. Evidently, the show’s deep ties to the legacy of Superman have been on full display with the inclusion of Superman’s iconic red cape, the Fortress of Solitude, and the House of Zod, who has a reputation for showing no mercy. But this isn’t linking to any one version.
KRYPTON IS DEFINITELY NOT IN THE DCEU
The opening sequence of Man of Steel introduced the DCEU’s Krypton. Fans saw Superman’s father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) as he dealt with the planet’s impending doom. Meanwhile, General Zod (Michael Shannon) was exiled to the Phantom Zone. The scenes on Krypton gave fans a brief look at the planet’s culture minutes before its destruction. Fans had wondered if Krypton would serve as a prequel to Man of Steel, mainly due to the involvement of that film’s screenwriter, Goyer. However, this is not the case.
Straight up, the emblem of the House of El in Krypton is the same one that’s used in the comics. The DCEU version of the “S” has a broader line in the center and has more rounded edges. There’s also a noticeable difference between the capes used in the two shows. Krypton‘s Superman cape is based on the one worn by Superman in the comic books. It’s a brighter red and has a yellow logo on the back, while in the DCEU, Superman’s cape is a darker shade of red and has no logo on the back. Costume design is another clue that Krypton isn’t in the DCEU; the clothes and armor worn by Man of Steel‘s Kryptonians don’t match what we’ve seen in trailers of Krypton. In Man of Steel, Zod and other Kryptonian soldiers are dressed in heavy armor while the warrior class on Krypton wear much sleeker outfits and less armor.
More distinctions are sure to come from the show itself, but in a teaser trailer for Krypton, Seg-El can be seen accessing the Fortress of Solitude by cutting himself and allowing his blood to light up the emblem of the House of El in Superman’s classic color scheme, red and yellow. On the other hand, in Man of Steel, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) uses a long, metallic key with the House of El symbol to activate a console on the Kryptonian spaceship.
But just because Krypton isn’t in the DCEU, that doesn’t mean it was always the case…