Superman prequel-series-with-a-time-travel-twist Krypton unleashed its sophomore season last month – and now it looks like it will be the next victim of the dreaded "Sophomore Slump." SYFY confirmed on Friday that the series would not be returning for a third season – and with that, the planned Lobo spinoff series starring Emmett J. Scanlan is no longer moving forward. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Warner Horizon Scripted Television is shopping the series to other outlets – with WarnerMedia's current DC Universe and upcoming HBO Max services as logical homes (if they don't merge).
Part of the problem for both SYFY and the series? Linear ratings versus Live+ ratings/ratings via other services: a show like Krypton tends to do much better over time and on other platforms (Netflix, for example), but SYFY can only profit off the series' same-day ratings and airings on its network only. There is hope, though: Expanse found itself in a very similar situation, and would go on to find a home at Amazon.
Here's a look at SYFY's first official trailer for the show's second season, as well as the titles for the first five episodes of season 2, which once again puts the spotlight squarely on the villains, with Zod now holding the reigns on Krypton and Seg-El looking to rally a resistance to take back their home planet and save Krypton's future. But with other forces at play and different personal agendas slowly being revealed, can our hero save his planet – and himself – in time?
What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet, "Krypton" follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel's grandfather, as a young man who fights to save his home planet from destruction.
Season 2 brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) is now in control. He's on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe.
Faced with a bleak outlook, our hero, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. Their chance at redemption is threatened however, by their opposing tactics, shifting alliances and conflicting moral boundaries – forcing each of them to individually determine how far they're willing to go in pursuit of a better tomorrow.
Krypton is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight Trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner, alongside Cameron Welsh (Constantine, The Last Ship), who serves as showrunner. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series stars Cameron Cuffe (The Halcyon) as Seg-El, Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch) as Lyta-Zod, Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries) as Adam Strange, Colin Salmon (Arrow) as General Dru-Zod, Ann Ogbomo (World War Z) as Jayna-Zod, Aaron Pierre (Britannia) as Dev-Em, Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness) as Kem, Wallis Day (Will) as Nyssa-Vex, Blake Ritson (Da Vinci's Demons) as Brainiac, and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones) as Val-El.