Krypton Season 2 News
Krypton is getting a slew of new characters for its second season. News out of SDCC reveals Lobo as the newest villain, and Nightwing and Flamebird will make appearances. Krypton takes place long before the birth of Superman. It follows the life of his grandfather, Seg-El, as he fights to ensure the survival of his home planet and future grandson. The Syfy DC original features Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campell, Shaun Sipos, and Blake Ritson.
“He Who Devours Your Entrails And Thoroughly Enjoys It”
Lobo—born “a devil” on the peaceful planet Czarnia—first appeared in Omega Man #3 in 1983. Writers often used Lobo, created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, as a parody of “grim and gritty” superhero stories. Marvel characters like Cable, Wolverine, and the Punisher. Consequently, fans of the genre enthusiastically adopted Lobo, and he has been a high profile character since then. Now well established as an anti-hero biker, Lobo works as an “interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.”
Many television shows before Krypton have adapted Lobo as a character, but before now he has been almost exclusively animated. He first appeared in Superman: The Animated Series, and then in an episode of Justice League. He appeared in Legion of Super-Heroes, Young Justice, and Justice League Action. The Teen Titans character Johnny Rancid was based on Lobo. A live-action film has been in the works since 2009, but has never come to fruition. Currently, since February 2018, DC Films wants Michael Bay to direct the Lobo film, but “only if Bay agrees to direct under the right budget that’s below $200 Million.”
As of right now, Lobo hasn’t been cast (my vote is for Jason Momoa, but can Syfy even afford him?) There’s no word on the character’s arc other than being a new adversary to Seg-El.
Nightwing (not that Nightwing) and Flamebird
Krypton will allegedly explore the origins of the Nightwing and Flamebird team. Created by Edmond Hamilton and Curt Swan, Nightwing and Flamebird were Kryptonian gods. Their legends have inspired many characters to adopt their personas through Superman’s comic run. The pair’s Fandom Wiki page describes Flamebird as “a massive, flaming dragon-like creature from deep in Krypton’s past”. The page describes Nightwing as “its mate and opposite.”
Nightwing and Flamebird debuted in Superman #158 in 1963. Rao charged Flamebird to destroy Vohc-the-Builder’s creations in order to “constantly push him to reimagine his works.” Vohc introduced Nightwing and Flamebird, and the two fell in love. Vohc then created a monument to his love for Flamebird, and while she “truly admired and appreciated the work, she fulfilled her duty to Rao by burning it down.” This devasted Vohc, and changed him into Vohc-the-Breaker.
Nightwing and Flamebird are eternally bound to each other, reborn to search for each other after each life cycle. Their story always ends tragically; in each cycle, a friend betrays and kills them.
Currently, Nightwing and Flamebird’s roles in Krypton season 2 and their characterization are a mystery. Krypton returns in 2019 on Syfy.