All photos provided by : Steven Gordan who was behind this presentation of this
Unfilmed proposed cartoon series.
In 1999, Batman: The Animated Series writer Boyd Kirkland developed a new Lobo series for Kids' WB with artist Steven Gordon. The series never went into production, as the network passed on it in a last-minute schedule announcement that year, to the surprise of the production team. The series was instead loosly adapted into an online cartoon.
MONITOR'S NOTES: Q&AEdit
BOYD KIRKLAND....BK (A)
(Boyd Kirkland - he was the producer who was developing this project for WB.)
MEP: Could you give a brief explanation on your proposed Lobo TAS?
BK: This was supposed to be a lighter, more "kid-friendly" take on the Lobo character, with emphasis on wacky comedy designed to appeal to boys. Lobo was the extreme anti-hero, only a self-serving opportunist who often did right in spite of himself.
MEP: From looking at the artwork it looks like the Lobo webtoons. Is this what they based them on or is it the same thing?
BK: I haven't seen the Lobo webtoons, so can't comment on the comparison.
MEP: Could you give a run down on the characters you have pictured?
BK: The character descriptions & series pitch are buried away in storage somewhere, so can't help you out with these without doing some digging, which I don't really have time for at the moment.
MEP: What was this series based on? Superman TAS Lobo or comic book version?
BK: This was supposed to be a new take on Lobo, unrelated to the Superman version, and only loosely based on the comic books, which were far too "R" rated for a kids' cartoon.
MEP: Why was this series passed on?
BK: You'd have to ask Jamie Kellner, chief exec. of the WB. He never needed to give reasons for why he liked or disliked a series. But if I had to guess, it would be because it didn't fit his template of all kids' cartoons having kid protagonists in them, rather than adults.
MEP: If this show was picked up would you have had DC Comic guest stars?
BK: There were no plans to include other DC guest stars. Lobo would have lived in his own universe.
MEP: Did WB/DC ask you to work this up, or was a freelance hoping they would pick it up?
BK: The driving force behind getting the series on the air was Warner licensing, as they saw tremendous toy & merchandising possibilities for the property.
MEP: How much history did you know about Lobo?
BK: Was never a fan of the Lobo comics, as they were far too dark for my tastes.
Only referred to them enough to spark ideas for the development.
Hope this helps...