The Fall’s Emmett Scanlan is Lobo in Krypton season two
A few months after announcing at Comic-Con that interstellar mercenary Lobo would be the major villain in season two of SyFy’s Krypton, the series has found its star in The Fall‘s Emmett Scanlan to take on the role. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.
Created in 1984 by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo is a Czarnian (originally Velorpian) bounty hunter who, as a nearly indestructible anti-hero, drives a space-faring motorcycle across the cosmos in search of his next target. The character has fought some of the most powerful members of the DCU including Superman, Hal Jordan, Martian Manhunter, and Deathstroke. Some versions of the character have aired on the side of sillier tales, seeing the character take down his fourth grade teacher and even the big man himself, Santa Claus.
The arrival of Lobo on the small screen comes as a bit of surprise as the studio has been reportedly developing a feature film centered around the character with an eye toward Michael Bay directing. WB is apparently considering the character their answer to Ryan Reynold’s successful Deadpool franchise at 20th Century Fox.
The 39-year-old Irish actor has made a name for himself in the television industry, starring in big-profile shows such as A.D.: The Bible Continues as Saul, the NBC adaptation of Constantine as Jim Corrigan and the BBC crime drama The Fall as Glen Martin.
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, The Halcyon) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. The Seg-El name is both a nod to Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and a reference to John Byrne’s 1980s miniseries, “The World of Krypton.” Cameron Cuffe is set to play Seg-El along with Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod.
Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, Ian McElhinney, and Shaun Sipos.
Based on DC characters, Krypton is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy). Cameron Welsh (Ash vs Evil Dead) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Krypton will return in 2019.
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