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Krypton Spinoff Lobo Could Still Happen, Claims Showrunner

Despite Krypton being cancelled on SyFy after 2 seasons, showrunner Cam Welsh says that the previously planned Lobo spinoff could still happen.

The Lobo spinoff could still happen, despite Krypton’s cancellation. DC has made a lot of comic book television. From the Arrowverse on the CW, to Titans and Doom Patrol on the DC Universe app, there is a wide variety of DC properties to currently see on the small screen. Their animated version of Batman back in the '90s is still one of the most definitive versions of the character. Since the 1990s, DC has always had some sort of presence on the small screen.

In this new age of multimedia, shows were able to reach out and try something new. There was Gotham on Fox, which told the story of Jim Gordon, when Bruce Wayne was just a kid. Then there was Krypton on SyFy, which told the story of Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather. In that show they introduced all kinds of DC characters making their live action debuts, like Adam Strange who was the audiences' “in” to the world. Then there was Lobo, who was introduced in the second season of the show.

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There were immediate plans for a Lobo spinoff, but with the cancelation of Krypton, those plans seemed like a pipe dream. Syfy went from becoming the home of an extended Superman universe, to nothing. However, in a tweet from Krypton showrunner Cam Welsh eulogizing the show, he mentions that Lobo isn’t dead yet.

“Let me say this: despite what you’ve heard, the Lobo spin-off is far from dead. And I’ll have more to say about it in a separate post”

Emmett J. Scanlan played Lobo in 4 episodes of Krypton and was also signed on to star in the spinoff. The character has a rich history outside of the Superman lore. Lobo is an alien born on a Utopian planet. He works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. Originally, there were plans for a live-action movie featuring the character. Dwayne Johnson was in talks to play him before he decided to sign on to be Black Adam. Directors such as Guy Ritchie, Brad Peyton, and Michael Bay were all involved at one point.

A live-action Lobo story seems inevitable in one way or another. The character description alone lends itself to a television premise. Add what they built on Krypton, and Lobo should have a lot of rich material to mine for plots. In this day and age of streaming services and cable-rich networks, anything is possible. Lobo could air on SyFy, or it could go to another network. Krypton could even be resurrected somewhere else. Spinoffs are nothing new. In fact, DC has several spinoffs on TV right now. The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow are both spinoffs of Arrow. Both of those will outlast Arrow, which will start its final season in October. Lobo can survive without Krypton if need be. With so many outlets wanting material, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if we still saw both shows continue on in some form.

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Source: Cam Welsh

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