Syfy is looking to expand its offering of DC Comics-based shows, as the cable network announced today that DC’s resident bounty hunter may be getting his own series.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network is developing a spinoff of Krypton built around the character of Lobo. The DC Comics character will make his debut during season two of the Syfy drama, which returns Wednesday. Emmett J. Scanlan was cast in the role, which will see him recur throughout Krypton’s second season.
Insiders indicated that, while it is currently unclear as to whether or not Scanlan wil reprise the role, the series moving to pilot order will likely result in the actor returning to the role. Krypton executive producer Cameron Welsh will write the script and executive produce the spinoff.
Lobo was first introduced as a hardened villain in the 1980s, but soon fell out of use with writers. His revival came in the early 1990s as an anti-hero biker with his own comic. Writers attempted to use Lobo as a parody of the 1990s trend towards “grim and gritty” superhero stories, epitomized by such Marvel Comics characters as Cable, Wolverine, and Punisher, but he was instead enthusiastically accepted by fans of the trend.
What’s even more interesting is that WB and DC apparently have bigger plans for the character as well. In addition to appearing on Krypton and getting his own series, THR is reporting that Lobo may be getting a feature film as well, with Michael Bay being considered to direct.
Krypton returns to Syfy this Wednesday.