Lobo Series Planned for SyFy Channel

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BY June 18, 2019

When it comes to live-action television series based on their characters, DC Comics makes some strange choices. This trend continues with SyFy announcing their plans for Lobo series, following the interstellar bounty hunter’s adventures. Lobo is a strange choice for a number of reasons. Still, a Lobo series fits the pattern of recent DC television shows which have focused on lower-profile characters that don’t tell traditional “comic book” stories. Following in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing, the Lobo series will follow a character that isn’t, exactly, a superhero. Still, Lobo has long been a fan-favorite in the comics, taking prominent roles in storylines and winning the hearts of many a comic book fan from since his first appearance in the 1980s. In fact, Marvel’s own Stan Lee once said that Lobo was his “favorite” character.

A Brief History of Lobo

Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Geffen, Lobo was a villain who looked very different at first. Some elements of the character were present from the onset though. He had chalk-white skin, rode a space-motorcycle, and worked as a bounty hunter and mercenary. He made his first appearance as the villain in the third issue of Omega Men, an edgy-at-the-time space-faring series published by D.C. Giffen said that Lobo was created as a parody of the ultra-violent anti-heroes popular at the time, specifically Wolverine and the Punisher.

Yet, fans took to him, and Lobo ended up becoming the very thing he was meant to mock. Seven years after his first appearance, Lobo’s origin was rewritten by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley with input from Giffen. He appeared in serious DC storylines but also strange ones, such as when he was hired by the Easter Bunny to Kill Santa Claus. Other than a high-quality fan film and a series of web-shorts Lobo hasn’t been adapted much from the comics. With the new Lobo series, however, that will soon change. The question that remains is whether or not the Lobo character missed his window.

Krypton and the Lobo Series

As mentioned above, DC’s television arm has made some strange decisions about television series, specifically their affection for prequel stories only tangentially related to their most popular characters. A prequel series from Epix about the adventures of Batman’s trusty butler called Pennyworth, follows Alfred as a young man and a spy. The other prequel series is also on SyFy, and it follows Superman’s grandfather and his adventures on Krypton before it blew up. It features Superman characters like Doomsday and a version of the Eradicator. In the forthcoming second season of the series, the character of Lobo will be introduced and will square off with Super-Gramps.

Emmett J. Scanlan, a British actor best known for his roles on Hollyoaks and The Fall, will play the character both in Krypton and the forthcoming Lobo series. It will be interesting to see his take on the character, especially since a foul-mouthed and violent figure like Lobo seems like a better fit for the “R-rated” DC Universe rather than basic cable. Also, with studios consolidating their intellectual property for their own streaming services, how will a show like the Lobo series fare when faced with expensive makeup and CGI budgets? SyFy is notorious for canceling promising shows like The Expanse, Happy!, and others. Series they’ve allowed to finish on their own, like 12 Monkeys, made money through lucrative streaming deals.

What do you think? Will this Lobo series treat the character right or would you rather see it on a channel that is less restrictive with violence and language than SyFy? Tell us in the comments below and share the article on social media so your friends can get in on the conversation.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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