Soar into Alex Ross’ stunning Action Comics #1 Superman … – Syfy

Electrifying comic artist and illustrator Alex Ross has become a global sensation in recent years, conjuring up a masterful portfolio of unforgettable covers for DC, Marvel, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, and Boom!.

In addition to his superb comic book work, Ross has contributed art to a number of special projects celebrating the anniversaries and legacies of pop culture sensations like The Beatles, Universal Monsters, Batman ’66, Flash Gordon, and The Wizard of Oz.

Since bursting onto the scene with Marvels and Kingdom Come in the ’90s, his name has become synonymous with a signature photo-realistic style and dramatic compositions that cut to the core of the superhero mythos and redefine the way we view caped crimefighters.

In an exclusive new team-up between SYFY WIRE and Alex Ross Art, we’ll be unveiling many limited-edition Alex Ross lithos, rare variant covers, con-only surprises, behind-the-scenes videos, signed posters, intriguing interviews, and contest giveaways all year long.

First out of the gate is this spectacular, limited-edition fine art lithograph titled, More Powerful Than A Locomotive.”

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Superman this spring, Ross has manifested the Man of Steel in a bold reimagining of the iconic Action Comics #1 cover from June of 1938. This new star-lit tribute litho depicts Superman hoisting an auto over his head to the horror of ordinary citizens fleeing the chaotic scene.

“Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman,” Ross tells SYFY WIRE. “But I’ve always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions. When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the ’40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready… a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots.”

Painted in dark, moody blues and projecting an essence of startling change, it will be available for purchase in limited quantity at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago from April 6-8. Each signed-and-numbered artwork measures 16″ X 22″, includes a Certificate of Authenticity, and is printed on premium, 110-lb fine art paper via an exacting process that recreates all the magic and mystery in crystal clarity.

After its limited advance release at C2E2, this showstopping homage will have a full online debut on April 18, which corresponds to the original launch date of Action Comics #1.

Fans and collectors can join the wait list at Alex Ross Art starting March 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with a per-poster price of $195.

Will you run faster than a speeding bullet to buy one of these beautiful “More Powerful Than A Locomotive” tribute lithos?


Superman turns 80, DC boasts stealing Bendis and The Terrifics are fantastic: Journey Into Comics

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Happy anniversary Superman! April 18 marks exactly 80 years since Superman first appeared on the cover of “Action Comics” No. 1, written and drawn by Cleveland’s own Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

More on this soon, including announcements about what is being done to celebrate. After all, the 80th anniversary only comes around once in a lifetime.

As former Clevelander Brian Michael Bendis prepares to take the writing reins of Superman, causing equal amount of joy and apprehension among fans, DC is making its feelings clear with double-page spreads declaring “Bendis is Coming” in all its books this month. The huge declaration is next to a drawing of Superman wearing his original uniform.

Here’s a fun game. In some cases, the pronouncement seems to follow the last panel of the preceding page, making for some interesting scenarios.

In “The Terrifics”  No. 2 (DC, $2.99), Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, Metamorpho and Phantom Girl are escaping a giant, reanimated alien corpse. In the last panel, Mr. Terrific shouts, “Now go!” to the team. Turn the page and we see the ominous warning, “Bendis is Coming.”

Gorilla Grodd has taken control over Central City in issue 43 of “The Flash: (DC, $2.99). Flash says he will not let Grodd win, even if it means his death. Grodd responds, “Grrr. Is this how you win, Flash?” Flip the page and we get the response, “Bendis is Coming.”

In “Injustice 2” No. 22 (DC, $2.99) Batman ominously says “Open an emergency channel. Break through to everything.” and on the next page we see the reason for his concern, “Bendis is Coming.” 

And my favorite, in issue No. 41 (DC, $2.99) Nightwing is fighting some whackadoodle called “The Judge” on a car suspended over Bludhaven. The Judge says, “Go live a life full of joy and grace. I’m the Judge and I give people what they deserve –” Flip the page and see what they deserve: “Bendis is Coming.”

Before we stop ranking on Bendis, it should be noted that Marvel Comics, where he worked for 17 years before switching to DC, is getting in a few licks in his final issues there.

In issue 17 of “Jessica Jones” (Marvel, $3.99) which is Bendis’ penultimate issue of the character he created with artist Michael Gaydos, the artist takes a gentle swipe at his old friend. In a beautifully rendered riot scene on pages 2 and 3, one of the protesters carries a large sign that says “Traitor Bendis” with a goofy caricature. Then on the next page, an optimistic, cheerful scene, a marquee declares “Bendis Saves Earth” and a young woman in the foreground is wearing a t-shirt bearing the same Bendis caricature.

Counting down to Avengers movie

And speaking of Marvel, the weekly “Avengers” series is picking up steam as it leads into the release of the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie that opens April 27.

I was a bit concerned that a weekly series might be too much of a good thing, but it turns out it’s just right. As Marvel is struggling with quality in some of its other titles, the Avengers book is keeping the quality high. In it, the Hulk is back from the dead and he is not happy. Fans were wondering how the resurrection could take place since the Hulk was very decisively killed with an arrow through the eye fired by Hawkeye. Turns out that, like Wolverine, the Hulk is immortal and can not be killed. He just keeps coming back to life.

New Age of Heroes at DC feels like Old Marvel

Hate to say it, but the first offerings from DC’s lauded “New Age of Heroes” feels a bit too familiar.

“Damage” is basically The Hulk. “The Silencer” is a female Punisher and really, can anyone look at “Sideways” and not see Spider-Man?

I’m looking forward to the return of “The Challengers of the Unknown” in “New Challengers” and am curious about “Unexpected,” but the three titles released so far have already fallen off my pull list. There is no “there” there.

The exception is the fourth title released so far, “The Terrifics,” written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Ivan Reis and Jose Luis. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

It doesn’t take much imagination to determine that this book was initially pitched as a revival of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” Though no one is confirming it officially, it’s pretty obvious that Plastic Man is substituting for Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho is filling in for The Thing, Phantom Girl (an ancestor of the Legion of Superheroes character) is Sue Storm. Mr. Terrific himself is a bit of Human Torch combined with Richard’s intelligence and arrogance.

Point is, the book is DC’s gain and Marvel’s loss. It’s beautifully drawn and is an exciting story. It also allows the DC characters to get some personality as well as advancing their original stories that have been dormant for years.

Issues one and two are out, grab them if you can.

And check out Metamopho’s right leg that looks like it could belong to The Thing.


Superman Legends Simonson & Ordway Return for Action Comics #1000

When Action Comics #1000 hits on April 18, it’ll bring a series of incredible, unbelievable stories celebrating everything that is, was, and will be about Superman, The Man of Steel. New and returning writers and artists will join forces for DC’s celebration of one of their most enduring and beloved characters — and one of those pairings will be the team of Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway, two legendary creators who have each helped create some of the most iconic stories to ever feature the character.

In their five-page story in the issue, called “Five Minutes,” they follow Clark Kent as he races to uphold truth and justice in both his life as a journalist and civilian, as well as his identity as the greatest superhero in the DC Universe.

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Ahead of the release of Action Comics #1000, both Simonson and Ordway spoke to CBR about their story, and their feelings on getting to return “home” to Metropolis once again. Additionally, CBR has the first look at Simonson and Ordway’s “Five Minutes” in its entirety, courtesy of DC.

Action Comics #1000 cover by Jim Lee.

CBR: I suppose the big question is — how do you feel about the return of the red pants?

Louise Simonson: I prefer the red pants — I kinda like the classic costume — but that’s nostalgia. I really don’t care all that much. Superman isn’t his costume. I’m happy as long as he’s portrayed as the heroic embodiment of the best humanity has to offer.

Jerry Ordway: I couldn’t be more amused by the controversy! I think the costume looked fine without the shorts, but the belt needed to be yellow to break the blue color. While I can draw it without looking at reference, I feel like it’s possibly the wrong move to backslide on it, and bring the trunks back.

More seriously, then: what do you feel makes Superman look like Superman? From a design perspective, what defines Superman as an image, an ideal, for you?

Simonson: The S-shield! And the S-curl on his forehead. You know he’s gone from Clark to Superman when that curl appears. And I do love that bright red cape!

Ordway: To me, the simplest and best design element on Superman is his “s” shaped spitcurl. It’s a logo on his forehead, so you recognize who he is if he’s buried to his chin in lava, you know?

Why do you think Superman has managed to last as one of the most defining and iconic figures in pop culture history? What is it about his character which people relate to?

Ordway: When anyone is in more trouble than they can handle by themselves, Superman is the hero we need. He can also fight social wrongs, an errant supervillain, or invaders from another galaxy! His “mission” is broad enough to translate to any decade.

Simonson: Truth and Justice sometimes seem in short supply. In a way Clark, as a reporter, is the seeker of Truth. And Superman is the dispenser of Justice. In this cynical time when adulation inevitably goes to the antihero, it’s inspiring to focus on a hero who, when he sees a wrong, will do his best to step in and put things right.

When you write Superman, what do you try to emphasize about the character?

Simonson: Responsibility. Because of his super-senses, he’s bombarded by information. He has enormous power to do good. At the same time, he’s just one man. So he’s learned to scan, evaluate, and focus his efforts where he hopes they’ll be most effective. His life could feel overwhelming… and futile since he can’t be everywhere. He can’t save everyone. All he can to is his best.

His human existence — friends, co-workers, family, the people of Metropolis — reminds him why it’s worth making the effort. The “small” victories are often the ones that count. They speak to his heart and help keep him sane.

Ordway: Whenever I’ve worked on the character, I’ve felt the key is to remember Clark’s humanity.

How have you found heading back to Metropolis again to write this new story? Was it a case that as soon as you started writing, you found yourself back again in that world?

Simonson: Loved it. It was like coming home.

Ordway: I know I felt that way once I started drawing the story, I was home.

What can we expect from your story in Action Comics #1000?

Simonson: Pretty much the themes I’ve mentioned above — Clark/Superman moving at super-speed through his dual life, doing the best he can to be the embodiment of Truth and Justice.

Ordway: Ten pages of story packed into five!

What’s it been like to collaborate with Jerry once again for this story? What has it meant to have the chance to work together once more?

Ordway: I think I inked some pages for Louise and Jon Bogdanove’s Man of Steel #1, but I am pretty sure this was my first time drawing a story the she wrote. I was writing on Superman for all of the time we shared on the titles, so I never had time back then. This was a blast, very fun to draw!

Simonson: Jerry inked a few pages in Man of Steel #1. That’s our previous collaboration! So I loved having Jerry draw this story. His Superman is classic! It was a blast having him draw one of my stories, especially this one appearing in Action #1000. And we did squeeze in a lot of story!

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Fundamentally, what do you think is the defining message of Superman’s story and journey as a character?

Ordway: I go back to his humanity. He comes here, is adopted by the Kents, and learns good human values. When he accepts his powers, he embraces his mission, which is to be a symbol of Truth, Justice and the American way.

Simonson: Superman was born an alien, but Earth is his chosen home. As humans — despite differences in race, religion, culture, or national origins — we are all his chosen people. Every one of us has power — so be like Superman! Look around you. Be inclusive. See where you can help. And use your power for good.

Action Comics #1000 is scheduled for release on April 18 from DC.

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Yes, DC Comics insists at WonderCon, you can write a fresh …

Though writer Brian Michael Bendis, who will write the Man of Steel comic book on its relaunch, wasn’t in attendance, there were more than enough panelists to talk Superman, including Action Comics team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, Jason Fabok (“Man of Steel” miniseries), Alex Sinclair and Marv Wolfman.The panel also produced one of the weekend’s best giveaways: red trunk Superman underwear.


Yes, DC Comics insists at WonderCon, you can write a fresh Superman story

Though writer Brian Michael Bendis, who will write the Man of Steel comic book on its relaunch, wasn’t in attendance, there were more than enough panelists to talk Superman, including Action Comics team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, Jason Fabok (“Man of Steel” miniseries), Alex Sinclair and Marv Wolfman.The panel also produced one of the weekend’s best giveaways: red trunk Superman underwear.


Superman’s Underwear May Be Back (On the Outside) in Action Comics #1000, But It Might Not Be Staying

Superman! Also, some underwear.
Image: Jim Lee (DC Comics)

When you think of Superman’s costume, what do you think of first? The cape? Fair. The S-Shield? Good one. But you probably also think of red undies, proudly worn outside the blue suit instead of, well, under it. They’ve been gone for a while, and are making a triumphant return soon… but they may not be here for long.

The celebratory Action Comics #1000 was heralded with a statement that could only really be made with a serious face in the wonderfully silly world of superhero comics: the underwear is back. Aside from long-lost stories, heartwrenching new ones, and the dawn of a new era for the Man of Tomorrow, one of the special issue’s biggest draws for fans was that, after the New 52 de-undergarmented Superman’s iconic design 7 years ago, the classic Superman look would be making a triumphant return.

But speaking at WonderCon today, Jim Lee—who removed the underwear in the first place with the New 52 design—acknowledged that while the most famous undies is comic book history are back, it’s just as likely some future update to Superman’s timeless look will take them away again:

I knew when I took them off in the New 52 that they were going to come back, it was just a matter of time. We figured the 1000th issue was as good a time as any. The danger with creating new costumes is that someone always loves it, so I’m sure the trunks will leave again at some point. At the end of the day, I have no horse in the race. I have fun drawing both.

Bits and bobs of Superman’s costume have been tweaked and altered over the years—most recently with the onset of DC Rebirth, which gave Superman his red boots back after a brief absence, as well as the full belt he’d lost in the New 52 (in red, though—the yellow belt is making its return to hoist up the red underwear in Action Comics #1000). But even then, with all those tweaks and updates, the underwear has remained iconic, even with its long absence. Nothing says superheroism quite like wearing your underwear on the outside, apparently.


Even if Lee is right, and one day we will live in an underwearless dark age of Superman comics, let’s hope that it’s in a distant future.



DC Comics Celebrated 80 Years of Superman at WonderCon

DC Comics is celebrating 80 years of Superman in 2018, and on Friday at WonderCon in Anaheim they assembled some of DC’s biggest names–Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, Norm Rapmund, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman, and Jason Fabok–to talk about the Man of Steel and two exciting upcoming releases to commemorate this huge milestone.

April 19th will see both Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman and Action Comics #1000 unleashed on the shelves of your local comic shop! Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman is a hardcover collection of new work, essays, and an unpublished Siegel and Shuster Superman story from comics legend Marv Wolfmans’ private collection, which he acquired in a very unusual way during a tour of the DC offices as a young boy. “Sol Harrison was wheeling a post office cart filled with never-published artwork from the 1940s, all written off. They were being wheeled to the incinerators,” Marv revealed. Harrison encouraged the kids to select pages that they wanted, and after much bargaining and trading Wolfman ended up with an unpublished 12 page Superman story which will finally see the light of day.

Action Comics #1000 will be a supersized 80 page issue including a bunch of fun stories, including Brian Michael Bendis’ first published DC Work. For Justice League artist Jason Fabok, the chance to work with Bendis on one of his favorite childhood characters was too good to miss. “Working with Brian Bendis is great, I’ve really loved his work for years,” Fabok shared. “And Superman is a great character, I’ve loved him ever since I was a little kid.”

DC publisher, Image Comics founder, and superstar artist Jim Lee was on hand, making some controversial statements about the return of Superman’s infamous red trunks! “It’s just red trunks, I’m not a trunkist, there is no anti-trunk sentiment here,” Jim laughed before threatening that “the trunks will come off again!” Though the general consensus is that fans prefer the trunks, Lee revealed that some passionate readers on Twitter had some seriously strong feelings about the return of the outside underoos, contacting the artist to say the return of the pants “is awful, this is the worst thing that ever happened to me!”

Though the panel was a celebration of Superman, it was also a celebration of comics legend Marv Wolfman, who’s about to hit 50 years at DC Comics. Wolfman will have work featured in both Action Comics #1000 and 80 Years of Superman, including scripting four unpublished Curt Swan pages which Wolfman repurposed for Action Comics‘ anniversary.

The panel ended with the creators sharing their favorite era of Superman, which for Jim Lee was the work of seminal supes artist Neal Adams. “I was more of a Neal Adams fan. He took the perfection that Curt Swan had done with Superman, but if he got punched you could see the swelling on the skin, so it just felt more real and alive. He was really the guy I was most influenced by,” Lee told the crowd.

Are you excited for the double team of Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman and Action Comics #1000? Can’t wait to read that secret classic issue of Superman? Just love Jim Lee? Let us know below!

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‘Justice League’: The Real Reason Superman’s Black Suit Wasn’t …

Justice League‘s lack of black suit Superman turns out to be a creative choice made behind-the-scenes by filmmakers prior to production’s start.

The suit was long-rumored for the DC Comics ensemble flick, as fans expected to see the iconic garb upon Superman’s resurrection following his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice death. However, the suit would turn out to be nothing more than an Easter egg and a detail in a deleted scene. With DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes opening up at The O2 London, Justice League costume designer revealed to Digital Spy why the black suit didn’t make the cut.

“The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go,” Wilkinson said. “We saw a glimpse of it in the nightmare sequence from Man of Steel when Superman was wading through skulls, and also in the deleted scene from Justice League where you do see Clark walking through the spaceship and it’s teased in the background.

“When we were prepping Justice League, at first it seemed that it might be a logical choice for the look of Superman when he’s resurrected. Zack is extremely respectful and passionate about the depiction of Superman in comic books and graphic novels, and traditionally when he is resurrected, he is in the black suit.”

However, as the filmmakers progressed through Justice League, they saw an opportunity to make the film more hopeful and brighter (literally).

“But as the tone of the film developed and we were in pre-production, the filmmakers felt that the classic red and blue suit seemed more appropriate to our story and our script,” Wilkinson said. “It seemed that a more positive, upbeat image of Superman was what was needed – the idea of hope and that the world could in fact be saved was important, so that’s the direction that we went.”


These remarks finally lay the debate of Snyder’s cut versus Whedon’s cut to rest, at least in terms of the black suit Superman’s appearance having been a possibility for the former.

Justice League is available now on blu-ray and DigitalHD.


Krypton Premiere: Every Superman Easter Egg You Missed

WARNING: This list contains SPOILERS for the premiere of Krypton

Krypton has arrived, and brought plenty of Superman Easter Eggs and DC Comics connections with it. From the earliest looks at the Syfy series, it was clear that the Krypton TV show was made in Man of Steel‘s image, offering a similar treatment to the ancient homeworld of Superman. Now that the premiere episode has aired, even more of the inspirations, homages, and DC Comics mythology can be spotted. Krypton may be more than a Superman prequel, but its creators are rooting their story in the history of DC’s greatest superhero… with some changes of their own to keep things fresh. Which means fans won’t want to miss any of the inside jokes, references, or teased connections to the Superman mythos.

To make sure that every viewer spots the Easter Eggs and more subtle bits of major DC lore – like the new version of Brainiac looming over the future of the House of El – we’re breaking them all down as more are spotted. So with one last SPOILER warning before we begin, let’s look at the best Easter Eggs and comic connections in the premiere of Krypton.

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12. The Remains of Wegthor, Moon of Krypton

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The establishing shots of the planet Krypton may not seem all that important, beyond creating a memorable backdrop for the show’s title card. But from the very first frames, the makers of this Superman prequel story show their dedication to the original DC Comics history of Superman’s birth world. Well, more accurately, the massive rocks that form a ring around the planet’s circumference.

The debris orbiting Krypton isn’t just random space rocks, but the remains of Wegthor, one of the planet’s moons. The reason for its destruction has been tweaked from an accidental collision with an experimental Kryptonian rocket to a terrorist attack over the years. But whatever the cause of the disaster in the TV show’s version of Krypton’s history, the bases are covered. Just as they were in the opening scenes of the Man of Steel movie, with a destroyed Wegthor just as prominent in the planet’s orbit.

11. The ‘Bottle City’ of Kandor

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The approach of honoring the past while creating something with its own identity and style continues into the urban setting of the show, as well. A title card introduces audiences to the main setting of Kandor City: a densely-populated city surrounded by… well, not much else. That’s no accident either, since the large protective dome over Kandor appears to keep the city in habitable, where the planet outside of the “bubble” is as harsh as an alien world can get. But the Easter Egg is in the city itself.

In the comics, this metropolis is most likely to be referred to as “The Bottle City of Kandor,” one of the only population centers to survive the destruction of Krypton. That may sound impossible, but it’s thanks to Brainiac for shrinking Kandor, and placing it inside a glass bottle to add to his collection. The domed city is just one of several visible on Krypton’s surface, but the reference is still appreciated (especially with the brief glimpse inside Brainiac’s ship revealing several miniature skylines).

10. The Symbol of The House of El

Cameron Cuffe in Krypton SYFY Krypton Premiere: Every Superman Easter Egg You Missed

Most Superman fans will tell you that back on Krypton, Kal-El’s family was one of the most respected, revered, and well-regarded. But Krypton wastes little time in showing the “true” origins of the House of El– actually, the potential end of the House, if the Voice of Rao and Kryptonian Council have their way. Thanks to Val-El, the House is stricken of its name, rank, and cost of arms: the famous ‘S’ glyph that once stood simply for “Superman” in the hero’s first comic appearance.

This time around, the writers of Krypton have returned to the idea that the ‘S’ isn’t just a Kryptonian glyph, or symbol, but their ancestral sigil. It’s the same idea adopted for Man of Steel, but one that Mark Wait, the writer of Superman: Birthright – a modern origin that influenced Snyder’s film – tried to replace. In Birthright, the symbol for ‘Hope’ wasn’t used by a single family but any who embodied that same idea. The movie folded those ideas into one, but it remains to be seen if Krypton’s symbol has any greater meaning.

9. The Voice of Rao’s Robes

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For all its reverence for the roots of Superman and Krypton’s history, the TV show is also adding a LOT of new story elements. And none is more pronounced than the apparent religious authority known as the ‘Voice of Rao.’ The figure dressed in golden and white robes, and wearing a multiple-faced, golden mask seems to be the head of Krypton’s relatively new theocracy. The role of the Voice of Rao will surely be explored in future episodes, but their robes are already one of the best Easter Egg finds for comic book fans.

The robes are virtually covered in script, but it’s all a match for the actual Kryptonese language as established in DC Comics. The Man of Steel invented an original written language, but Krypton seems to be adopting the same symbol-for-letter substitution. The robes are hard to read in action, but everything from title cards to background signage can be translated one letter at a time.

8. A Familiar Ancient DC Warrior

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When the fearsome leader of Kandor’s military forces was revealed ahead of the show’s release, it was her name that stood out most to comic book fans: Alura Zod (yes, as in that Zod, born a generation from where the show begins). The character shared a name with Supergirl’s own mother, Alura In-Ze, but by the time Krypton premiered any potential confusion had been sorted with a re-naming.

Now, Kandor City’s Military Guild is led by Jayna-Zod. But that’s probably not why the actress will seem familiar. Ann Ogbomo has already portrayed a DC Comics character in both Wonder Woman and Justice League. Making the leap from Philippus of the Amazons to Jayna of the Sagitari isn’t all that difficult – just drop some of the famous Amazonian mercy. As likely grandmother to the infamous General Zod, it’s clear his strength runs in the family.

7. The Black Zero

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The namedrop “Black Zero” is both a pleasant surprise and all but expected, as one of the few factions or storylines of Krypton to truly break out and into the mainstream DC conversation. Originally, ‘Black Zero’ was a supervillain who believed himself responsible for destroying Krypton, claiming he had been hired to do it, revealing the planet wouldn’t have exploded without his intervention.

That turned out not to be the case, but the idea of a ‘Black Zero’ tied to Krypton’s destruction stuck. The name was re-used by John Byrne and Mike Mignola as a terrorist group opposing the genetic manipulation of Krypton’s elite, a more aggressive version of the liberation movement introduced in Krypton. Black Zero was also re-purposed as the name of the ship first used to imprison General Zod and his loyal soldiers, and later wielded by them in their attack on Earth in Man of Steel.

6. Dev-Em of Krypton

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In the training scene that introduced the Sagitari and Jayna-Zod, fans also get their first look at her daughter – and likely mother of General Zod – Lyta-Zod. The scene demonstrates the brutal strength and discipline of everyone involved, but there’s also a famous Kryptonian name thrown into the mix. The name of Lyta’s “intended,” a Kryptonian young man by the name of Dev-Em.

It may lack the instant recognition, infamy, or star power of ‘ZOD,’ but to fans of the Man of Steel movie and its prequel comic, Dev-Em is a major player. Named for an earlier juvenile delinquent on Krypton, the Dev-Em as created by writer (and Krypton producer) David S. Goyer was the attempted murderer of Kara Zor-El – otherwise known as Supergirl. No need to worry about conflict with The CW’s Supergirl series though: this version of Kara and Dev-Em existed thousands of years before Kal-El was even born.

5. The Blend of Both Superman Movies

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As we mentioned at the start, the shared DNA between Zack Snyder’s updated vision of a grand, ancient, but deeply troubled civilization and the world of Krypton is hard to miss. Whether to minimize confusion over Krypton being an actual prequel story to the film, or step away from an already-divisive film franchise, the version of Krypton to hit the airwaves has been tweaked.

The command key which unlocks Val-El’s lost fortress of Solitude shared the shape and function of the Man of Steel version, only now created in transparent, crystal-like stone. The city of Kandor reads closer to the layers stone and organic lines of Man of Steel‘s Krypton, but outside is the frozen climate highlighted in the original Superman: The Movie (1978). The end result is a combination of both origin films for the Man of Steel, combined into one new version of Krypton (an elegant move on the creators’ part).

4. The House of Vex

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What may be the most curious connection between the prequel story of Krypton and the Man of Steel film – and a hint the two stories were once more directly, if unofficially linked – comes with Seg-El’s assigned mate. After being informed by Daron-Vex that Seg has earned a new rank, and an invitation into his family by binding with Daron’s daughter, Nyssa, the soon-to-be married couple head off to witness the child that will be born from their combined DNA.

They won’t have the child themselves, since Krypton is using the same genetic birthing technology introduced in the comics of the 1990s (the “Genesis Chamber” name is all Man of Steel). But the predictions of their son, Cor-Vex, may not be as accurate as one might think. After all, a Car-Vex appeared as one of Zod’s loyal soldiers on Man of Steel, played by actress Samantha Jo. Coincidence? Or a more explicit link between TV show and film that was blurred by changing the gender and vowel…? The good news is that Seg-El will have another famous child, no matter what.

3. The Classic Superman Theme

Superman the Movie header Krypton Premiere: Every Superman Easter Egg You Missed

It’s almost impossible these days to make a Superman TV show, movie, cartoon, or any other piece of media without paying tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, John Williams. As the man who created the iconic Superman Theme for the 1978 film, Williams has seen the handful of notes he assembled to announce the Man of Steel twisted, reimagined, and homaged more times than can be counted.

In the first episode of Krypton, viewers have two different opportunities to catch the famous theme heightening the action taking place onscreen. First, it can be heard playing when Seg-El is shown Val-El’s Fortress of Solitude by his mother (performed with a serious Blade Runner vibe). And finally, as the camera rises for the episode’s final shot to reveal Seg clutching the cape of his superhero grandson whilst standing on the symbol he will make one of the most recognized images on Earth.

2. The Fortress of Solitude’s Famous Statues

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The Fortress itself is hard to dissect for further Easter Eggs just yet (other than a strange plant in a glass case that has been cited as a Black Mercy… despite not looking anything like one). What does stand out, however, is the massive statue depicting a man and a woman with arms outstretched, raising either the planet Krypton or its famous sun, Rao, above them (more likely it’s the planet).

At this point, such an inclusion is as pivotal as finding a Bat-Computer inside of Bruce Wayne’s superhero cave. Traditionally, Superman (or Supergirl) has included a statue of his Kryptonian mother and father, raising a scale model of the planet Krypton between them – fashioned from ice or crystal by Superman himself as a tribute to the parents who saved him from their planet’s destruction. In Krypton, it’s a nod to the founders of the House of El, but… something tells us Seg-El’s son and grandson will keep the tradition alive in their own way.

1. Luthorello Cigarettes

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Finally, not every Easter Egg needs to mean big things for the coming story or the larger Superman mythology. A though perfectly summed up in the arrival of Adam Strange, a time traveler from modern America. For starters, he must point out to Seg-El that the ‘D’ on his hat signifies the Detroit Tigers, and not a mysterious Kryptonian Guild (which may also be a nod to DC boss Geoff Johns, who has seen a similar tribute to his hometown of Detroit from comic artists).

The real joke goes to Adam’s pack of cigarettes – itself a rare sight in superhero TV shows. It isn’t the tobacco fans should catch, but the brand: Luthorellos. That’s as obvious and throwaway a reference to Lex Luthor as you’re likely to find, which means it may be the best one in the entire episode. Apparently, Lex diversifies his business into every industry in the future Earth of Krypton‘s universe.

So there you have it, our breakdown of each and every Easter Egg, comic book nod, and hidden detail in Krypton‘s first episode. If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, or have questions unanswered, let us know in the comments!

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Superman’s Tigers cap no accident in ‘Krypton’

If you’re listing Michigan’s contributions to the world, you could go the obvious way – Edison or Fords (Henry and/or Gerald) or Kellogg’s and such.

Or you could ponder something new: In a distant time and a distant galaxy, Earth’s future may be rescued by a man wearing a Detroit Tigers cap.

OK, that man (Adam Strange) is fictional. But the guys – Geoff Johns and David Goyer – who plunked him into the new “Krypton” series are quite real and the cap is no accident.

“We’re both from Michigan,” Goyer said. “We like the Tigers.”

Johns – a Michigan State grad who happened to be wearing a Tiger cap as he was talking – agreed. “We wanted Adam Strange to kind of be from a grounded place like Michigan,” he said. “It give him a little more, I guess, normalcy and (gives him) the Midwestern ethic that Superman has.”

Superman grew up in Kansas. But he wouldn’t have reached there if it hadn’t been for the time-traveler who whisked to Krypton to counsel the man who would become Superman’s grandfather.

“Adam Strange gets to become a proxy for the audience in a lot of ways,” said producer Cameron Welsh. “He’s probably the most relatable character.”

And the easiest to overlook. “On Earth, he just kind of blends in,” Johns said. “He’s an average man. But when he travels via zeta beam to another planet, … he becomes this hero.”

Which is kind of like these two guys – easy to overlook back home, heroes to comic fans.

Johns, 45, grew up in Grosse Poine and Clarkston; Goyer, 52, grew up in Ann Arbor. Johns is Lebanese on his dad’s side; Goyer is Jewish on his mom’s side. Johns went to Michigan State University, Goyer to the University of Southern California.

They might seem like opposites, but both found comic books. Goyer found them in Ann Arbor’s comic stores; Johns found them in his grandparents’ attic. He chose MSU partly because East Lansing had two comics stores; after graduating in 1995, he moved to California and, in 2000, started working with Goyer on “JSA” (Justice Society of America) comics.

They wrote together for about five years, before Goyer switched mostly to screenplays. He’s written movies for Batman (“Batman Begins”), Superman (“Man of Steel”) and both (“Batman v Superman”). He wrote all three Blade films, plus “Jumper” and the upcoming “Sandman,” “Green Lantern Corps” and more. For TV, he’s had been the prime writer-producer for “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Constantine,” “Flashforward” and a “Blade” series.

Johns, however, has stuck with the comics. He’s “written some of my favorite comic books,” said Cameron Cuffe, the “Krypton” star.

For the past eight years, he’s also been the chief creative officer of DC Comics. That involves lots of traditional comic books – 100 new ones each month – plus movies and TV.

Several – especially “Batman v Superman” – have been sharply criticized, but DC seems to be on the upswing now. “I think ‘Wonder Woman’ was one of the best movies in the last several years,” Johns said. “And we’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up with Aquaman and Shazam.”

On TV, DC consistently provides half the CW line-up (led by “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash”) and has moved into Fox (“Gotham,” “Lucifer”) and now Syfy.

That’s for “Krypton,” which has seemed to take forever – announced in 2014, pilot filmed in 2016, finally reaching TV now. “We’ve got a significant visual effects budget for the show, very significant,” Goyer said. “The post-production period is almost double that of your average show.”

In a Belfast studio, alternate worlds have been created. “It’s like being on set of ‘A New Hope’ or ‘Empire (Strikes Back),’” Cuffe said. “It’s of that caliber.”

In those Kryptonic worlds, filled with special effects, a young man is told he must protect the future of Earth’s greatest hero. And he gets the news from a guy in a Tiger cap.

To watch:

• “Krypton,” 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Syfy, debuting March 21

• Opener reruns that night at 2:30 a.m., Thursday night at midnight, Sunday at 10:55 p.m.

• Also: Opener reruns at 10 a.m. Saturday on Bravo, 11:05 p.m. Monday on USA



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