Syfy’s new series Krypton will show fans a version of Superman’s home world they’ve never seen before.
The show follows Superman’s grandfather Seg-El as he unravels a conspiracy that may lead to Superman not existing. In the end he must decide whether to save Krypton, thus changing Kal-El’s superhero future or let his planet be destroyed.
While Superman movies often portray the House of El as a powerful, influential family, Krypton will see them during a down period.
Production designer Ondrej Nekvasil discussed the more practical look of the series with Entertainment Weekly.
“We were trying to create a world that was believable,” Nekvasil tells EW. “The key thing is that on Krypton, all of the people on Krypton look like people on Earth. So, the scale of the set and the scale of the spaces has to be similar to what we know because the people live there.”
“Because life on the planet is kind of tough, they don’t do designs,” he continued. “If they make something, it’s because they use it and they would like to use it for life. It’s not because they would like to design something. We were trying to stay away from the over-design, over-dressed rooms. We were trying to show that everything has some kind of practical reason for why it’s there.”
This early incarnation of the Fortress of Solitude has details highlighting its importance to the family’s history. The stained glass windows feature every family member’s name written in Kryptonese and can be translated if someone wanted to.
“What was important is that this place is not just a workshop or laboratory. It’s also some kind of spiritual place for the family,” said Nekvasil. “They also keep all the things they’ve invented. Not only the grandfather of our hero, but also his grandfather and his grandfather.”
Fort Rozz has been seen on Supergirl as a prison for the worst of the worst, but here it’s shown as the original military base.
“The concept is that it’s very utilitarian,” he said. “Everything that’s there has to make sense for the people working there.”
Since the House of El is not held in the highest standing at the moment, Seg’s apartment is very practical. The designers used metal sheets as an all-purpose material for the family.
“Seg’s apartment is based in the poorest part of the city [of Kandor],” said Nekvasil. “It’s actually the basic place, from our point of view. For us, it’s kind of a metallic mesh of Krypton. It’s very strong material. They can bend it. They can build chairs and tables. From our perspective, that was the cheapest way to build furniture.”
Every space show needs a hangout and on Krypton it’s Kem’s Bar.
“It’s a very basic bar. They don’t have money for design,” said Nekvasil. “We went to different types of real bars, and in one bar, we saw the concept that somebody just [hung used] bottles above the bar as kind of decoration. So, what about Kem is doing the same thing? He’s just hanging the old bottles from the ceiling.”
Starring Cameron Cuffe, Ian McElhinney, Georgina Campbell, Elliott Cowan, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre and Ann Ogbomo, Krypton debuts Wednesday, March 21 on Syfy.
Source: Entertainment Weekly