While Disney and Marvel are on their honeymoon figuring out how they’ll organize and move forward with their countless projects, Warner Brothers is keeping right at it with their comic book tag team with DC Comics. The studio has hired Guy Ritchie to direct a new movie based on their comic book title Lobo to follow up his upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.
Lobo follows a bounty hunting alien on a motorcycle who is a pretty intimidating force and perhaps one of the most intriguing comic book characters ever made — though he’s not very well-known. He’s a monster of an alien: standing seven-feet tall, who looks kind of like a Hellboy/Abe Sapien hybrid with some sweet Rob Zombie hair. He was created to be DC’s version of the popular anti-hero like Wolverine or Deadpool — someone who isn’t very friendly, but does some form of good. Of course, Lobo maybe doesn’t always do “good”; his name means “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it,” and he unleashed a plague on his home world, killing every other member of his species in order for him to be the only one left.
In the movie, it is planned for him to be in his blue-skinned form (I believe a friendly competition is forming between this, Avatar‘s Na’vi, and the Smurfs movie). The story will follow him to our own planet Earth, where four dangerous fugitive creatures are planning to unleash hell. Lobo will form an unlikely team with a young teenage girl in a small town to try and find and stop the escapees.
The project already wields controversy for fans of the comic. It appears that Warner Brothers is expecting the movie to get a PG-13 rating, and with how incredibly violent he’s known to be, purists will be furious at this news. Being someone who’s known for PG-13 rants, I wish I could throw my opinion in, but I’m honestly not as familiar with the character as others might be, and thus, I can’t say if they could get away with Lobo destruction in lightened fashion. This, of course, means there will be a large amount of CGI used to cushion a lot of the blows.
Lobo is set to begin production next year. It is written by Don Payne, and produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, and Andrew Rona.
This is where I call upon you Lobo fans out there. Could they swing this with a PG-13 like they did with Wolverine, the X-Men movies, and even Hellboy, or is it already doomed?