DC Comic’s biker anti-hero Lobo is well known for his appetite for destruction. So it makes sense that Warner Bros is eyeing a director that has similar tastes for the movie adaptation. No director loves destruction and explosions more than Michael Bay.
Michael Bay is best known for his work on the Transformers and Bad Boys series. With each new movie, he blows up more cars, planes, buildings, cities, and even giant mechs than the last. Each film is a spectacle. And while fans and critics may criticize his work, deeming it lazy, his movies are massive box office successes.
According to The Wrap, the destructive director is at the top of the list to oversee the live-action movie about the interstellar alien bounty hunter. News of the adaptation’s origins dates back to about 2009.
Around that time, acclaimed director Guy Ritchie was attached to direct the project. Ritchie exited the film soon thereafter though, due to the development of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
The next big news regarding the movie came in 2016, when Wonder Women writer Jason Fuchs was hired to write the script. An early synopsis for Lobo included Lobo driving “a pimped out motorcycle” while searching for “four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc” on Earth. Based on that description alone, it looks like the film would stay pretty true to the 1980’s comics in which the Czarnia native appeared.
Lobo first appeared in DC Comics Omega Men #3 (June 1983), sporting chalk-white human skin with blood-red, pupilless eyes and blackened eyelids. His character is best known for his exceptional strength and fortitude, as well as his love for motorcycles, even as an alien.
A decade or so after his creation, Lobo’s character transitioned from villain to anti-hero as an answer to Marvel’s Cable and Punisher, both of which were growing in popularity around that time.
With the success of Marvel’s Punisher, Fox’s Deadpool, and Suicide Squad’s disappointing debut, DC desperately need their own standout anti-hero. And while DC may have more prominent choices to select from their catalog of lovable villains, Lobo certainly isn’t the worst pick.
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