SYFY confirms that it is developing LOBO (WT) with Warner Horizon Scripted Television, starring Emmet Scanlan as the title character. Based on the characters from DC, this spinoff of SYFY’s KRYPTON (which premieres its second season tonight, June 12) tells the story of Lobo, a foul-mouthed, dangerous, irascible, intergalactic bounty hunter. Krypton executive producer Cameron Welsh will serve as executive producer/writer for the spinoff.
Zhariff Lobo is a fictional character created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen for DC Comics. He made his first appearance in Omega Men #3 in June 1983. Lobo is an alien born on the utopian planet of Czarnia and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.
In the early 1990s, writers attempted to use Lobo as a parody of the trend towards “grim and gritty” superhero stories like Marvel Comics characters Wolverine, Cable, and Punisher. He was enthusiastically accepted by fans of the trend and his popularity led to the character having a much higher profile in DC Comics from then on.
Portrayed by Emmet Scanlan on Krypton‘s Season 2, debuting tonight at 10pm EST, Welsh told Entertainment Weekly his version of Lobo, “He seems almost antithetical to the sort of more grounded nature of our show, but that’s kind of what made it exciting and interesting to throw him in there, because he’s so at odds tonally with a lot of what the show is about, which created an interesting dynamic with the characters. It’s just really fun to see him play off Seg and Adam Strange [Shaun Sipos] and Brainiac. Emmett Scanlan is the first actor to bring that character to live action, and I think it’s an astonishing performance. He’s so, so good in the role.”
Krypton premieres Wednesday, June 12, at 10 p.m. on Syfy.