The trailer for Syfy’s brand new series about Superman’s home planet — before its inevitable destruction — leaked yesterday, and much to many people’s surprise, it appears to be a prequel to 2013’s Man of Steel. The technology and insignia for the House of El are identical to the DCEU film’s prologue, and it’s spearheaded by David S. Goyer, who also wrote Man of Steel.
There is plenty of potential in the idea of Superman’s grandfather’s adventures on the DCEU’s Krypton with its many civil wars, monsters and the corrupted society that Man of Steel established. But we could also see other iconic characters from DC Comics — so here are the most likely to show up when the show premieres:
The Kryptonian scout ship in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice showed that the Kryptonians clearly have records of Steppenwolf and more than likely the world of Apokolips. Perhaps the Krypton series will show Steppenwolf or another representative of Apokolips — possibly even Darkseid — visit Krypton; it would make for one hell of a storyline.
2. A Green Lantern
In brightest day, in blackest night, a green special guest is in sight! Since Krypton takes place many years before Superman is born, we can rule out that characters like Hal Jordan or John Stewart will make an appearance — but perhaps there will be a crisis on Krypton that forces the Guardians to send a member of the Green Lantern Corps to assist.
This way, we can get our first taste of the Lanterns before 2020’s Green Lantern Corps, which would get us even more excited for the film. Perhaps we can see a rookie Tomar-Re? Sinestro when he was still a Green Lantern? Perhaps the father of Abin-Sur? So much potential there!
Bring on the main man! You can introduce this beloved badass as an antagonist or antihero or both, and it would satisfy Superman fans everywhere. Lobo could end up being a fan-favorite special guest with his hooked chain, amazing motorcycle and greatest attitude in the galaxy. They don’t call him the “main man” for nothing, you know.
4. The Original Blue Beetle
Krypton doesn’t always have to bring in the iconic characters; maybe it can set up a more obscure character with the Blue Beetle. Comic book fans will know of the two humans who wielded the blue scarab on their back, but what about before it arrived on Earth?
Perhaps Krypton will show the Reach sending the original Blue Beetle to destroy Krypton, giving us the villainous side of the Scarab. Can this be the threat that requires the Green Lantern? It would be quite the fight for fans to enjoy: Green Lantern vs. Blue Beetle.
Perhaps Krypton can set up the villain for a future Superman solo film with one of Superman’s deadliest threats. Brainiac has been reimagined in so many different ways in the comics, animated shows, movies and even video games — so Syfy has so much leniency with the character: evil artificial intelligence? That can be done! An alien from Colu? That can be done! A Kryptonian with a robot body? That can be done!
This can be the perfect way to set up Brainiac as Superman’s greatest rival — with a connection to his grandfather, similar to how Man of Steel created a connection between Jor-El and General Zod.
Krypton looks and sounds like an awesome show, and its possible connection to the DCEU is just icing on the cake. Syfy has given us some amazing shows like Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Eureka, Warehouse 13 and many more, so I have faith in this series.
Are excited for Krypton? What DC characters do you want to see appear? Let me know in the comments below!