Thursday, September 14, 2017

KRYPTON Casts Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange

Things are about to get a little strange on Krypton.

Deadline has revealed that the upcoming Syfy series Krypton, based on lore from the DC Comics character Superman, has cast Shaun Sipos in the role of Adam Strange as a series regular.

According to the article, Adam Strange is described as "a world-weary human, who finds himself stranded on Krypton as the unlikely mentor to Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather."

Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet and will follow Superman's grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

The character was first teased at this year's San Diego Comic Con, where DC Comics President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recited Adam Strange's introduction speech from memory.  "I'm from a planet called Earth, my name is Adam Strange.  I come from a time long after this and I need you to help me save the legacy of your grandson."

Sipos, 35, is a Canadian actor probably best known as Devon Taltherd on the Syfy series Dark Matter and as Aaron Whitmore on the CW series The Vampire Diaries.  His other television work includes episodes of Smallville, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, Southland, ER, and Complete Savages.  He's also appeared in the movies Texas Chainsaw 3D, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Grudge 2, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The Skulls III, and Final Destination 2.

Created in 1958 by Julius Schwartz and Murphy Anderson, Adam Strange first appeared in Showcase #17 an archaeologist suddenly teleported from Peru, Earth to the planet Rann through a "Zeta-Beam".  Upon his arrival, Strange was attacked by one of the planet's predators and rescued by a dark-haired woman called Alanna.  She took him to her father Sardath, who explained that the Zeta-Beam was transmitted at Earth in the hopes that whatever form of intelligent life lived there would trace it back to Rann, and theorized that in the 4.3 years it took the Zeta-Beam to reach earth, it was altered by space radiation into a transportation beam.

Called on to protect the planet from extraterrestrial threats using Rann's technology, Strange grew to care for the planet and its inhabitants, especially Alanna.  Eventually, the effects of the beam wore off, automatically returning Strange to Earth at the exact point of departure, but not before Sardath had given him a schedule of beam firings allowing him to periodically return to the planet.  Using mathematical calculations, he was able to determine the exact times and precise locations where the Zeta-Beams would arrive.  Strange travels the world and intercepts them, to defend Rann and be with Alanna.

In the current DC Comics Universe continuity known as The New 52, Adam Strange is now a Canadian archaeologist who has a relationship with Alanna Lewis, a former student of his. He was briefly a member of the group Justice League United.

This will be the first time the character has appeared in live action, although he previously appeared in the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Michael T. Weiss) and Young Justice: Invasion (voiced by Michael Trucco).

Krypton is expected to debut on Syfy sometime in 2018.

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