Heads up, DC fans. Krypton season 2 has found its Lobo in the form of Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan. This will be the first time that the character of Lobo has appeared in live-action. For years, there has been talk of the character getting his own movie, with Michael Bay most recently attached, but that project is still stuck in the depths of development hell. That left the door open for Warner Bros. to make use of him on the small screen and, as was announced during San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, he'll be a series regular on Krypton during the upcoming sophomore season.
Emmett J. Scanlan isn't a big name but he's got a pretty extensive resume. His first major gig was The Phone, a 2010 TV series produced by Justin Timberlake. In the years since, he's been featured in shows like Hollyoaks, In The Flesh and Netflix's The Fall. Scanlan also had a minor role in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy as the Head Riot Guard. This will arguably be his most high-profile project to date.
The character of Lobo was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in the 1980s in the pages of DC Comics. He comes from the peaceful planet Czarnia. Born a devil in the middle of an otherwise serene utopian, as a teenager, he single-handedly slaughtered his entire race. Lobo is now the sole survivor of his kind. The character was originally portrayed as a villain but eventually transitioned into more of an anti-hero, as a riff on characters like The Punisher and Cable. He's a mercenary who roams the universe on a space-capable motorcycle and takes various dirty jobs for pay.
DC has a major presence on the small screen right now, with the Arrowverse shows, such as The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow over on The CW, as well as the upcoming shows being developed for the DC Universe streaming service like Titans and Swamp Thing. Krypton airs on SyFy and serves as a prequel to the Superman mythology, taking place on the hero's home planet years before he ever came to be. Considering that the Man of Steel has virtually no chance of showing up on the series, it served as something of a risk for the network. But it's a risk that paid off enough to justify the upcoming season 2.
The cast for the series includes Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre with Ian McElhinney. There is no word on how much Lobo will pop up in the upcoming season, or how exactly he's going to be used, but he will be a recurring character and won't be wasted as a one-off. SyFy has yet to set a premiere date for Krypton season 2, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any information on that front is made available. This was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.