We haven’t seen much from Syfy’s upcoming Superman-ish series Krypton just yet, but a new behind-the-scenes video gives us the first great look at Blake Ritson (RocknRolla) as the DC Comics character, Brainiac. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the sometimes-villain / sometimes-hero briefly appeared on The CW’s Supergirl and the results were … not great. And that’s not a knock on the fantastic Jesse Rath, but rather a nod towards just how good Syfy’s version of Brainiac looks.
The introduction to Brainiac, ahead of the show’s arrival on Syfy March 21st at 10pm, comes courtesy of USA Today. Executive Producer David S. Goyer, star Cameron Cuffe, and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer and President Geoff Johns weighed in on Krypton‘s take on Brainiac in a new video, along with some background info from the comics and concept art that went into his creation.
“I’ve played characters who’ve objectively committed monstrous actions, but feel entirely justified, as they’ve acted from a misplaced sense of a noble cause. Generally speaking, people cast themselves as the hero in their own narrative.”
While Ritson is well aware of a villain’s view of himself as the hero, it’s hard to defend Brainiac’s actions, but he tries:
“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. 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.”