Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 10:00 am
It was only a matter of time before Michael Bay even considered jumping aboard another blockbuster film. It’s practically his bread and butter. But after directing five Transformers films and a few gritty ones in between, it looks like Bay is looking to direct a superhero film. Well, at least one that fits his sense of direction. According to new reports, Bay is in talks to direct an adaptation of Lobo, about a grungy space bounty hunter who has crossed paths with some of DC’s most notable intergalactic heroes and villains. More on the story below.
Per The Wrap, Bay has had meetings with WB execs about the possibility of directing the DC title. However, nothing is official. But if there is one thing to take away from all of this, it’s that Bay did offer some notes on the script penned by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman). When we last reported on Lobo, Fuchs would not be using any of the previous material written by Don Payne. So if If Bay likes what he sees, he will then sign on to direct.
The project was originally set to be helmed by San Andreas director Brad Peyton, with Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. At the time, Dwayne Johnson was attached to play the title character. However, when those plans fell through, and Johnson boarded Black Adam.
For those who may not be familiar with who Lobo is, the seven-foot blue-skinned alien works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. Known for his selfishness and arrogance, the gun for hire is best known for riding on his interstellar motorcycle to claim his targets, and a thirst for mindless violence and intoxication.
Though he may be in it for himself, Lobo is more of an anti-hero who lives by a strict code of honor, one that he breaks from time to time when it serves him best. So as you can see, he plays by his own set of rules.
I can’t say that I am familiar with the character. I’ve only seen him a couple of times in Superman: The Animated Series, where he was voiced by Brad Garrett. The character made another appearance in Young Justice, though it was only for one episode. That being said, both iterations stayed somewhat true to the gritty alien biker comic book character.
Obviously, this is an interesting development. Having Bay serve as director would actually benefit a film like Lobo considering the character and director share the same reckless abandon. And we all know that Bay is at least capable of delivering a comedy, as we have seen in Bad Boys and Pain & Gain.