Keen-eared viewers will no doubt have caught the reference to DC Comics’ interstellar bounty hunter and anti-hero from Czarnia. During the Supergirl segment of the crossover, the Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) is seen fighting with an alien creature revealed to be a Dominator in her home-turf of National City in what was a nice nod to last year’s Arrowverse crossover, “Invasion!”
Back at the DEO, J’onn (David Harewood) asks Kara to help identify the threat so they can help her fight it, with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) saying that whatever it is, “it came out of deep orbit and it is mad.” J’onn wonders if its alien before Alex (Chyler Leigh) asks the money question: “Is it Czarninian?”
That’s not the first time Lobo is indirectly referenced in Supergirl. Back in the Season 1 episode “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” Alex asked J’onn if he thought that a certain intergalactic bounty hunter was on Earth to which he replied “No, no, if he were in town, we’d know.”
The character of Lobo was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen and made his first appearance as a villain in Omega Men #3 in 1983. But it wasn’t until the 90s when the character was revived as a biker anti-hero meant to be a mix of Deadpool, The Punisher and Wolverine that he became popular with fans thanks to his zany adventures.
DC has wanted to bring the character to the big screen for a few years now. Back in 2012, The Rock was rumored for the role of Lobo when producer Joel Silver and writer Brad Peyton were attached to the project but nothing actually came of it. The last time we heard of the project was in 2015. Before Dwayne Johnson was confirmed as Black Adam in the DCEU.
With the character seemingly shelved on the big screen, does that mean The CW is getting one step closer to introduce Lobo in live-action form on TV? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.