SYFY has released a new trailer for the upcoming Krypton TV series. This time the focus is on one of the most iconic Superman villains of all time: Brainiac!
Brainiac is often called The Collector of Worlds. Methodically categorizing and storing all pertinent planetary information, the sometimes humanoid/sometimes computerized robotic creature then destroys each planet “collected.”
USA Today spoke with Blake Ritson, the actor cast to play Brainiac. “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,” says Ritson, who played bad guy Count Riario in Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. “Generally speaking, people cast themselves as the hero in their own narrative.”
Ritson’s first step in inhabiting Brainiac was figuring out if he believed himself to be evil. In his mind, the actor figures, the character believes he wields his god-like power with immense compassion.
“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.”
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows 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. Krypton premieres March 21st on SYFY.