Krypton wrapped up its stellar second season this week, and today, it was reported that Syfy had canceled the series. The show, which focuses on Superman’s home world two generations before he was launched to Earth in a rocket as his planet died, had exemplified why DC-based shows work better as TV series, as the show was spectacular in its combined 20-episode run.
Variety was the first to report on the cancelation, as well as the death of the proposed Lobo spin-off that had been in the works. The ending of Krypton means that the cliffhanger ending of Season 2 will never be resolved, with baby Jor-El in the clutches of Braniac (Blake Ritson) and Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan) teaming up to go after him.
The other dangling plot thread had Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day) lost on a strange planet where she discovered scores of dead bodies and mysterious “omega” signs painted in blood, signaling the arrival of Darkseid and his menagerie of evil to the series.
Fans will never know what was supposed to happen, but Warner Bros. hasn’t lost all hope on the show, just yet. Word is they are shopping it to other networks. The best case solution would be to bring Krypton into the DC Universe online service to join other great in-house produced shows like Titans and Doom Patrol. Sadly, DC Universe recently cancelled the fans and critics adored Swamp Thing. An online push to save Swamp Thing has fallen on deaf ears at WB, and many fear the same fate for Krypton and the proposed Lobo spin-off.
Another option would be Netflix, who just signed a deal to bring DC/Vertigo’s Sandman series to the service. Netflix has been known to save canceled shows in the past, and if they want to build up a library of superhero shows to replace the now-defunct Marvel shows, adding Krypton makes sense.
Krypton had developed a loyal fanbase in its two seasons, and the execution of the show behind David S. Goyer was lauded for its portrayal of this seldom-mentioned part of DC Comics history. Krypton was the first live action show to feature a comics-correct Braniac, and even the character of Lobo shined in his limited appearances.
Fans hope that Warner Bros. can find a new home for the show, to at least end it properly with one more season. Syfy might be out of the running to air the show, but there are options, and fans hope that superheroic network will step up to save Krypton.
Season 1 of Krypton is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and can be streamed on the DC Universe online service.