Krypton lands its Season 2 big bad, casts Emmett J. Scanlan as Lobo

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Oct 3, 2018, 3:11 PM EDT

Krypton, SYFY’s Superman prequel that collected a lot of devotees in its debut season, announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that the show would introduce Lobo, DC Comics’ bounty-hunting bad guy, as a major villain for Season 2. Now we're getting our first look at who’ll be stepping into the part.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Netflix alum Emmett J. Scanlan has signed on to play the nihilistic alien in a recurring role, bringing Lobo from the comics to the screen for the first time since the character was first introduced in Omega Men #3 back in the 1980s.

An intergalactic bounty hunter who follows a genocidally unforgiving moral code, Lobo hails from the planet Czarnia and possesses superhuman strength with the strategic smarts to match. Scanlan comes to the character after playing a number of smaller roles in both TV and film, including Jim Corrigan in NBC’s Constantine, a guard in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and the role of Josh Mason in Netflix’s Safe.

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Krypton executive producer Cameron Welsh told SYFY WIRE back in July that Lobo will play a more grounded and gritty role in the TV show than he’s done in the comics.

“Lobo on the page is such a broad character, and the tone of our show is so grounded, so it feels like a bit of a mismatch, but that's kind of what's exciting about it as well," Welsh said. "He's not going to ride around on space dolphins like he did in the comics, but he's meant to feel like a contrast to everything else we've seen.”

Warner Bros. evidently has big-screen plans for Lobo as well, eyeing the character for a future DC feature film potentially to be directed by Michael Bay, according to the report. 

SYFY hasn’t yet revealed a premiere date for Season 2 of Krypton, which the show's creative team promises will also explore more of Brainiac's backstory. In the meantime, catch up with Season 1 at SYFY, or on your digital platform of choice.