After two seasons, in which the series was seemingly gaining an increasing fandom from the Superman and superhero faithful, SyFy has decided to cancel Krypton, opting to not renew the series following its second season finale that aired just two days ago.
Krypton, a series that followed the adventures of Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe) ahead of the planet’s destruction and teamed him with a time traveling Adam Strange, is just the latest comic book focused cancellation from the network. Just a few months ago, SyFy cancelled Deadly Class and Happy!, both of which built solid cult fandoms, but never quite became strong enough ratings performers to meet NBCUniversal’s standards.
When Krypton debuted, it was a big smash for SyFy, scoring its most watched freshman season in years. But the second season lost half its viewership, and as Deadline points out, since it comes from an outside studio, the network relies on ratings monetization to keep a series on the air. That halving was unfortunately too deep a cut, and now the series is without a network. Though the word is that Warner Horizon Scripted Television is looking for a new home, potentially in-house at HBO Max or DC Universe.
This cancellation also sadly pumps the brakes on the planned Lobo spinoff, starring Emmett J. Scanlon, who played The Main Man this year on Krypton. With the main series going off the air, even temporarily, its spinoff is unlikely to see the light of day. Though again, hope springs eternal, as the folks at WB are very keen to get this character his own live action spotlight, come hell or high water.
So, sad news for the Krypton-heads out there, but there may be life in that old planet yet…until it explodes of course.