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Who Is Lobo? Krypton's New Superman Villain Explained

Lobo on Krypton and DC Comics

Who is Superman villain Lobo? The final moments in the season 2 premiere of Syfy's Krypton introduced Lobo, an iconic DC character. He will somehow be a part of the shows story for season 2, which centers on the next chapter in the life of Superman's grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). At the end of Krypton season 1, Superman was erased from history when one of his oldest enemies, General Zod (Colin Salmon), took control of the planet.

At San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced that Lobo would make his live-action debut in season 2 of Krypton, expected to join the series as a villain. In October, it was announced that Syfy had found its Lobo in actor Emmett J. Scanlan and an official description for the alien bounty hunter subsequently revealed that Krypton's Lobo would be a comic book-accurate interpretation of the character. Lobo joins Brainiac, Doomsday, and Zod as some of the most important DC characters to appear in the Superman prequel series. Syfy has also announced that a Lobo spinoff is in development.

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During the premiere, titled "Light Years From Home", Seg and Brainiac (Blake Ritson) escape from the Phantom Zone to find themselves stranded on Brainiac's homeworld, Colu. Following Brainiac's death at the hands of Seg and the arrival of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), a new character appears who easily manages to defeat and capture both Seg and Strange. He introduces himself as Lobo, though for DC fans, the new villain needed no introduction.

Emmett J. Scanlan as Lobo in Krypton Season 2 SYFY

Debuting in Omega Men #3 in 1983, Lobo is a ruthless mercenary from the planet Czarnia who travels to different planets to fulfill his contracts. Though Lobo is a person of questionable morals, he does have at least one rule for himself. When he takes a job, he always sees it through, no matter what.

Lobo possesses immortality, superhuman strength, and a healing factor akin to Deadpool's. These abilities have allowed Lobo to go toe-to-toe with DC's most powerful superheroes, including Superman himself.

In the comics, Lobo is well-known for his over-the-top, violent tendencies. In fact, Lobo is responsible for the slaughter of his entire race, along with several other evil acts, such as the murder of Santa Claus. Despite his murderous track record, Lobo has also been utilized as an anti-hero and even became the star of his own comic book titles. Lobo was a massive hit with comic book readers during the 1990s, a time when darker characters like Punisher, Carnage, and Ghost Rider were becoming increasingly more dominant in the industry.

It's too early to say what kind of impact Lobo will have on Seg and the people of Krypton, but if his comic book history is any indication, it won't be good.

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Krypton continues Wednesdays at 10pm on Syfy

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