A double blow for Krypton fans also looking forward to the Lobo spinoff.
It’s true: Syfy has decided to cancel Superman origins series Krypton and pull development on the planned spinoff series set to focus on the bounty hunter character of Lobo, which actor Emmett J. Scanlan was set to continue playing.
The decision to not continue with a third season of Krypton, reports Deadline, at least partly comes down to a drop in ratings from season 1 to 2 and a network’s need for high numbers for a show that’s produced by outside studios (Krypton is produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television). The first season performed well for Syfy, earning it a renewal. Unfortunately, the numbers for season 2 took a hit, with Live and Same Day viewership down a reported 50%. When Syfy needs linear ratings to judge whether a series is profitable or not, a decline like that is hard to ignore
There may be hope for the series yet. Syfy series The Expanse, for example, was cancelled after three seasons back in May 2018, but was then saved by Amazon with orders for a fourth (kicking off this December) and then a fifth season. With Krypton still holding strong brand value with its DC connections, some news outlets are already suggesting that streaming service DC Universe could be the right home for it. DC Universe has the first season and will have the second streaming in 2020.
Set on the titular fictional planet, Krypton was set around 200 years before the birth of Kal-El/Superman and followed the popular DC hero’s grandfather Seg-El (played by Cameron Cuffe). That caset included Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Colin Salmon, Ann Ogbomo, Aaron Pierre and Rasmus Hardiker, among others.
“The beautiful thing about comic books is that the story always continues,” Cuffe posted on social media. “All you can do as an artist is to leave it better than you found it. I believe we did just that. I feel boundless love and pride for the Krypton family and above all I feel gratitude. I spent 3 years living a dream.”