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.
With the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice a little over a week away, WB will no doubt be looking to add more DC Comic characters film adaptations to their current slate. But the studio won’t actually be looking too far to find a writer for the long-gestating Lobo, one of DC’s lesser known characters. According to new reports Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Pan) will be the new screenwriter.
There are many characters in the DC Universe that have a small but loyal fanbase, with the galactic bounty hunter Lobo being one of the most popular. Since his creation by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in the pages of Omega Men back in 1983, Lobo has gone through a number of different iterations, largely remaining a comedic foil for other heroes to fight or occasionally team up with. Lobo has already been introduced once into DC’s revamped New 52 continuity in the pages of Deathstroke, but it turns out that was not the bastich that fans know and love.
According to DC comics, the “real” Lobo will make his introduction in the pages of Justice League 23.2: Lobo (a one-shot scheduled for release on September 11, 2013). DC is making a big deal about the reintroduction; not only are they bringing the Main Man back, but they are also giving him a whole new look, courtesy of artist Kenneth Rocafort. The new look is quite a departure, making him younger and leaner than he has been in the past.
Check out the new Lobo image here below, along with three other proposed designs that didn’t make the cut.
Dwayne Johnson, who is practically built to fit any sort of muscular character for TV or film, has confirmed that he is in negotiations to play Lobo, a space renegade riding a star-hopping chopper.
It seems quite fitting that Johnson play as the famed DC Comic anti-hero for a couple of reasons. For one reason, he certainly fits the profile of Lobo. The other reason is that he’s been rumored to play as the anti-hero for quite some time, so its quite nice to hear the news come straight from the horse’s mouth. Of course Johnson stopped short of actually confirming that he was signed on for the role.
Johnson confirmed the news via a Twitter chat. Check out the photo below.
Super producer Joel Silver spoke to The LA Times recently, and on the menu of topics discussed were the proposed comic book adaptation of Lobo, as well as Sherlock Holmes 2 — both of which were set to be directed by Guy Ritchie.
Because Holmes has done so well ($389 million to date), a sequel is being thrown onto that popular fast track to try and get it done and ready while all of the stars are willing to return. If you’ll recall: Sherlock himself, Robert Downey Jr., recently walked away from the comic book adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens, which was to reunite him with his Iron Man director, Jon Favreau (Read: Daniel Craig In Negotiations To Replace Robert Downey Jr. In “˜Cowboys & Aliens’).