It might be surprising to some to hear the news that Lobo from DC Comics is potentially getting a cinematic adaptation. Of course, It might be even more surprising to hear that Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Lobo movie made for about a decade now, well before they had any solid plans for the DCEU. And now, in what could be considered a very pleasant surprise, we are hearing that Michael Bay – famed director of Transformers and lover of explosions – might be the next in line to bring the Main Man to the big screen.
Bay has reportedly met with DC about the project, where he gave notes on the script that Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs will use for a rewrite, with the goal of closing the deal with Bay after he reads the polished script. We don’t know too much about this version of the film – and aren’t always the biggest fans of his Transformers work – but there’s no denying that Bay might have the right visual flare and balls-to-the-wall filmmaking style to pull off a Lobo adaptation.
The official and vague description of the film so far reads:
The project centers on a blue-skinned, 7-foot-tall, heavily muscled antihero alien who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.
For a better idea of the character, Lobo is an overpowered space biker who goes toe-to-toe with Superman for fun and is the last of his kind, a Czarnian. His race is able to regenerate themselves from even the smallest drop of blood, giving Marvel’s Wolverine a run for his money. The two are often compared to each other, even matching up with each other in the Marvel vs DC popularity contest crossover.
The development of Lobo has mutated many times over the years, always seeming to adapt widely to whoever was currently in charge of the project, or when trying to appeal to larger audiences with the least financial risk. While Lobo is typically a crass and violent anti-hero, Warner Bros. was at one time planning to move forward with The Rock as Lobo in a family-friendly PG-13 version of the film from Brad Peyton, director of such safe hits as Journey 2 or Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Thankfully, with the current success of R-rated actioners with adult humor like Deadpool, the studios are more likely to take a risk and bring a more-or-less faithful adaptation of Lobo to the big screen.
We’ll have to wait a bit to hear more about the continued development of Lobo and Michael Bay’s potential involvement, so keep it locked to GEEK for more news.
Images: DC Comics, Paramount
Source: The Wrap