Hannah Waddingham Cast as Jax-Ur for “Krypton”

According to Deadline.com, Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones) has been cast in the role of Jax-Ur for the “Krypton” TV series.

The character of Jax-Ur (traditionally portrayed as a male character in both the comic books and in the movie “Man of Steel”) is described as a Kryptonian scientists determined to bring radical change to Krypton as leader of the underground terrorist organization, Black Zero.

“Krypton” is produced by Warner Horizon Television. The pilot is written by David Goyer (Man of Steel) with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Goyer also acts as executive produce through his company Phantom Four with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow), who serves as showrunner. Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) directed the pilot.

What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict – save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg finds himself in a difficult position. He must redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while being challenged by familiar DC characters Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).

The cast includes: Cameron Cuffe (The Halcyon) as Seg-El, Georgina Campbell (After Hours) as Lyta Zod, Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones) as Val-El, Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Daron Vex, Ann Ogbomo (Wonder Woman) as Primus Alura Zod, Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness) as Kem, Wallis Day (The Royals) as Nyssa Vex and Aaron Pierre (Britannia) as Dev-Em.

“Krypton” premieres March 21 on Syfy.

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Duke
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I see the writers don’t know how the Kryptonian name system works. Unless her name is something like Vala Jax-Ur or something then it’s just dumb.

While we’re into it, Cir-El was just as bad

The_News_Editor
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For me, it makes no sense to make Jax-Ur into a woman. It seems like Hollywood once again has not done its research into Superman.

They could have already used Faora Hu-Ul.

LarGand
Member

Yeah, I don’t really understand the point of the gender-switch. Won’t get too steamed about it, though, since Jax-Ur has never been that much of a major character. Bothers me a little that they seem to have ignored the traditional understanding of how Kryptonian names work, though. Or maybe she isn’t the “Jax-Ur” we know from the comics, but one of his ancestors? In which case, the name could just be a patronymic and her first name is something more typically female? I’ll reserve further judgement ’til I see the show.

MattComics
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I don’t think here’s ever really been a popular enough version of Jax-Ur to really set a mold so the gender switch doesn’t concern me. As for the name thing my understanding is that for females it’s a first name and then father’s full name. For example Lara Lor-Van (or in the animated series Sul-Van). So she could very well be something like “Vara Jax-Ur” and perhaps there’s a reason why she goes primarily by the fathers name. Maybe it’s a personal choice or maybe a military thing or something. Alternatively, they’ve just chosen to have Kryptonian names for females… Read more »
vekeller
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Be hard to fix Kara Zor-El :)

And totally agree on the Mon-El thing. That really bugs the frak out of me.

Kal L
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Why not just make a new female Kryptonian character, the gender swap thing is getting tiring. News Editor said it best, they already have Faora… She could be to Supergirl, what Zod is to Superman…

Jeremiahboor
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Agree with everyone here. It’s not a huge deal, but why or why can’t they just create a new character. It’s literally what they’re paid to do.