Michael Bay Being Considered to Direct DC’s Lobo Movie
By Mansoor Mithaiwala
Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Michael Bay to direct Lobo. Based on the DC comics character of the same name, Lobo is an anti-hero and intergalactic bounty hunter. Although he started out as a villain in the 1980s, by the 1990s, he became an anti-hero and DC’s answer to Marvel’s Cable and Punisher, both of which were growing in popularity at the time. And while a live-action film has been in the works for many years, WB has had a tough time getting it off the ground.
Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie was originally attached to direct a live-action Lobo film in 2009, and an early synopsis for the film included Lobo driving “a pimped out motorcycle” while searching for “four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc” on Earth. Unfortunately, Ritchie exited the project soon thereafter, as he was keen on developing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows instead, and the film started to fall by wayside. Even though Brad Peyton was looking to direct Lobo in 2012, it wasn’t until 2016 that talks about a live-action Lobo film started to heat back up. And now, it seems like the film might actually happen after all.
The Wrap reports that Transformers and Bad Boys director Michael Bay is being eyed by Warner Bros. to direct a live-action Lobo movie. Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs was hired to pen the screenplay for Lobo in 2016, and it seems that Bay offered Fuchs some suggestions to put into a rewrite. Once Fuchs is done with the script, DC will present it to Bay and see if he’ll sign on.
What’s interesting is that this news comes on the heels of a rumor suggesting DC Films had canceled plans to develop Lobo, as well as a Deadshot spinoff starring Will Smith. If the movie does, indeed, go through, DC will need to find a capable actor to portray the seven-foot tall, nigh-indestructible mercenary. Dwayne Johnson was in talks to play Lobo in 2012, but he eventually signed up to play Black Adam instead. Johnson is currently producing Shazam! and developing a solo Black Adam movie with DC Films.
At this point, it’s unclear where Lobo will land under DC Films, whether it will be a part of the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe, or if it will branch off on its own as part of their Elseworlds-type films, such as Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker origin film. Still, a Lobo movie can be DC’s answer to 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool, as both characters share multiple similarities and appeal to similar crowds. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.