Making his first appearance in USA Today, we’re getting our initial look at the villain that will be plaguing the House of El in the David Goyer/Damian Kindler showrun Krypton for Syfy.

And he’s pretty dead-on from appearances, played by Blake Ritson, I think this is the first time we’ve seen a live action Brainiac that has his trademark green skin and adopts his general design scheme. Then again, the only other live action versions I can recall are the completely unrecognizable Smallville version (played by James Marsters, that inexplicably became Brainiac 5) and the Brainiac 5 that’s now guesting on Supergirl that’s played by Jesse Rath…whose makeup is…less than optimal, we’ll say.

But I am definitely game for this:

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The premise of the new series centers on the grandfather of the future Superman, set 200 years before his birth – Seg-El, played by Cameron Cuffe, navigates the politics of Kandor City while also defending the reputation of his house after his own grandfather was branded a traitor. Suddenly, a time-traveling Adam Strange arrives to tell Seg-El about the future efforts of his grandson and the coming of the above villain – whose purpose as the “Collector of Worlds” will hold devastating consequences for Krypton as a whole.

USA Today got a nice quote from the actor on Brainiac’s perspective, pitching his mission in more altruistic terms:

“Yes, he traverses the universe in a gigantic skull ship, ripping cities out of planets, miniaturizing them and placing them on board. But he does so in the spirit of conservation,” Ritson says. “In his mind, he’s committed to the ultimate philanthropic act: saving all of creation. In many ways it’s analogous to Noah plucking out two of every animal to ensure their survival, even while knowing that others must perish.”

On paper, this all sounds pretty intriguing, though I personally would rather just have a Superman show, or another movie – which I’m hoping is still an announcement to come. Still, if Brainiac looks this good, my interest is very piqued and there’s definitely a sense that Syfy is finally trying to shed their reputation as the home of Sharknado-like original movies and uninspired genre fare.

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