Despite numerous rebrandings over its 25-year history, the Syfy channel really is trying. Earlier this year, a mysterious trailer for a pre-Superman TV series called Krypton appeared online, quickly dismissed as a "fan thing" for about a month before Syfy confirmed its authenticity. And today it was announced that Blake Ritson (Da Vinci's Demons, Upstairs Downstairs) has joined the cast as DC Comics villain Brainiac.
A hyper-advanced alien android of immense intelligence, the parasitic Brainiac is one of Superman's oldest antagonists.
Paula Malcomson (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) was also revealed as being cast on show. She'll play Charys, the matriarch of House El and Superman's great grandmother. Charys helps her son navigate the treacherous pitfalls of Kandor City, their Kryptonian home embattled with oppression and revolt.
Ritson and Malcomson join already-announced series star Cameron Cuffe, who is tackling the role of Seg-El. Seg is the son of Charys, father of Jor-El, and grandfather of Kal-El. Early reports state the House of El is Krypton's lowest caste after the family was stripped of its rank sometime before the series starts. The show will center around their struggle to regain their position, as well as (obviously from the Brainiac casting) some familiar villains from the comic lexicon.
Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams) will play Lyta Zod, cadet member of the planet's military caste and the daughter of General Alura Zod (Ann Ogbomo) — not to be confused with Alura Zor El, Supergirl's mother. Maybe possibly she's also been having a forbidden romance someone in the House of El.
Ian McElhinney will be playing Val-El: Seg's grandfather who defied death by going to the Phantom Zone and is a staunch believer in space exploration.
David S. Goyer (Da Vinci's Demons, Man of Steel) is executive producing the series, and Cameron Welsh serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Krypton is set to premiere on Syfy sometime in 2018.