Just two days after Krypton's Season 2 finale, Syfy announced it's not renewing the Superman prequel and won't move forward with a planned Lobo spinoff. While the future for the television series may appear as doomed as the planet for which it's named, there remains a a possibility that Krypton -- and, potentially, Lobo -- could find new life elsewhere.
Included in the news of Syfy's decision is that producer Warner Horizon plans to shop Krypton and Lobo to other networks. Both series appear to be well-suited for platforms owned by WarnerMedia, the AT&T conglomerate comprised of Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Broadcasting, that could help better position the company for the escalating streaming wars.
The most obvious home for the series would be DC Universe, especially as the first season of Krypton is already available to stream on the digital platform. Given that the streaming service is confirmed to continue alongside WarnerMedia's more expansive premium streaming service HBO Max, DCU would be perhaps the most logical new home for Krypton, with a built-in audience.
The other Warner streaming option is HBO Max itself. The upcoming platform has not announced much by way of original programming in comparison to its direct competitors so Krypton and Lobo could help fill the void while allowing cross-platform access to DC Universe as WarnerMedia had previously announced.
These are the two most viable streaming outlets for a revival; while Netflix had received the DC series Lucifer following its cancellation by Fox, the increased competition from WarnerMedia and desire for Netflix to feature original programming of its own intellectual property -- which had reportedly played a strong factor in the cancellation of its original programming with Marvel Television -- makes a revival through Netflix unlikely.
Krypton's chances of returning to broadcast television for a third season are similarly improbable. Though WarnerMedia's The CW picked up Supergirl after it was cancelled following its first season by CBS, so a similar revival is not without precedent. With Arrow set to conclude following a shortened Season 8, Krypton could resurface on the network as a midseason replacement but, with another Kryptonian-centric series in Supergirl currently on the air, The CW may want to avoid potential confusion between the two very different incarnations of the wider Superman mythos.
As competition between various networks and studios escalates -- with seemingly every media company planning to launch their own exclusive streaming service -- Syfy's decision to cancel Krypton and pass on Lobo is not a particularly surprising one.
Fortunately, for fans of the series disheartened by the sudden news, Krypton has a better chance at survival than most of the recent wave of cancellations over the course of the year. While Superman's home planet may be destined for destruction, the former Syfy series may survive just yet.
Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange, Georgina Campbell as Lyta-Zod, Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod, Rasmus Hardiker as Kem, Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex, Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em, Ian McElhinney as Val-El and Blake Ritson as Brainiac.