Lobo, the villain played by Emmett J. Scanlan in the Krypton TV series, could star in his own spinoff series. Here’s everything you need to know…
Variety reports that “NBCUniversal’s Syfy network said it would develop a new series featuring the DC Comics character Lobo with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.” They added that Scanlan, Krypton‘s Lobo actor, “is expected to star as the character in the spin-off.”
The comic book character of Lobo was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and he first appeared in print in 1983. He’s an alien bounty hunter from the planet Czarnia.
Here’s a fun fact: Lobo was originally intended as a villainous parody of ultra-violent Marvel characters like Wolverine, but the character ultimately ended up carving out a niche as a beloved-by-fans antihero.
Lobo has been referenced in The CW’s Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow series, but his portrayal by Scanlan in Krypton marks his first proper live-action appearance. He debuted in the second season of Syfy’s Superman prequel series.
Interestingly, there has been talk of a Lobo movie for years now, with Guy Ritchie and Michael Bay both linked to direct at different points in the project’s storied history. The movie version doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon, though, so Syfy’s TV spinoff could well beat it to market.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.