DaVinci's Demons standout Blake Ritson will play Brainiac on Krypton, Deadline reports.
Ritson's character description sheds little light on how he may be different from previous takes, saying only that he is "a parasitic, hyper-advanced alien android of immense intelligence, Brainiac is one of Superman’s oldest and most dangerous foes."
The series will center on Superman's grandfather, Seg-El, who is struggling to rebuild his family's reputation after they have fallen out of favor in Krypton's caste system. Brainiac is the series' big bad, who will send his agents back to Krypton years before it was destroyed in order to kill Seg-El and end Superman's bloodline before the Man of Steel can be born.
Fighting on the side of the heroes will be Adam Strange and Hawkwoman, who travel through space and time to thwart Brainiac's plans. Other DC characters, including Doomsday, are expected to appear.
Krypton, which will air on Syfy, stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, alongside Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre and Ian McElhinney.
David S. Goyer, who co-wrote Man of Steel and helped conceive a Krypton that looks very much like the one of the show for that movie, serves as an executive producer on the series. He previously worked with Ritson on DaVinci's Demons.
Krypton is expected to air on Syfy in 2019.