SyFy is looking to expand their offering of shows based on characters from the DC Comics universe, as they're now in the works on a Lobo series. This comes as the character is set to make his debut, as portrayed by Emmett J. Scanlan, in Krypton season 2, which kicks off this week. How firmly the spin-off series would be connected to the Superman prequel show remains to be seen. In any event, this is happening.
The announcement has been made by SyFy that Lobo is officially in development. It's said the series will follow "a foul-mouthed, dangerous, irascible, intergalactic bounty hunter." The show is being developed in partnership with Warner HorizonScripted Television. Krypton executive producer/writer Cameron Welsh has been tapped to pen the spin-off series. Should things actually move forward, Welsh will also serve as a producer on Lobo.
It hasn't yet been confirmed whether or not Emmet J. Scanlan will reprise his role, though that would seem to make the most sense. Should the network move forward with a pilot, it's likely the network would close a deal with the actor to return to the role.
For those who may not be familiar, Lobo was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen for DC in the 1980s. The character hails from the planet of Czarnia and he's the last survivor of his civilization. Why, you may ask? Well, because he single-handedly destroyed everyone on his homeworld, making him the last of his race. So yes, he's pretty evil. Lobo, generally speaking, is portrayed as a mercenary who traverses the galaxy, on space motorcycle no less, doing dirty deeds for hire.
Lobo has long been viewed by Warner Bros. as a character who can successfully make the jump from page to screen. For roughly fifteen years, in some form or another, a movie centered on the character has been in development. In its most recent iteration, the hope is that Michael Bay may direct. Though, we haven't heard any updates on that project in some time. It's unclear if news of this series will have any effect on the studio's decision to pursue a big screen version of the franchise as well. We've heard in the past that Warner Bros. likes to avoid, whenever possible, having multiple versions of the same DC characters going at the same time. Since the small screen and big screen universes aren't connected, that sometimes gets tricky.
It was originally revealed in July 2018 that SyFy planned to bring Lobo to Krypton season 2. The cast for that series includes Cameron Cuffe, Blake Ritson, Shaun Sipos, Colin Salmon, Georgina Campbell, Wallis Day, Ann Ogbomo, Aaron Pierre, Hannah Waddingham, Kem and Ian McElhinney. It's unclear if any of those actors would have the opportunity to make the jump to the spin-off series. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the show are made available. This news was previously reported by SyFy Wire.