After nine years in development hell, and quite a bit of change in the superhero movie world since, DC is getting closer to releasing a Lobo movie. Originally attached to the talented Guy Ritchie, DC then downgraded to San Andreas and Journey To The Center of The Earth director Brad Peyton. Now, at the end of their rope and surrounded by Zach Snyder’s skid marks, DC has turned to the dark side. TheWrap is reporting that DC is considering Michael Bay, the genius behind Transformers: The One With The Wrecking Ball Testicles and Transformers: The One Where Merlin Is Involved Somehow, for the Lobo director’s chair.
Lobo is perhaps DC Comics’ best example of “Gone Horribly Right.” After a failed start in the 80’s as a D-list villain, Lobo returned in the 90’s as an anti-hero. He was originally conceived as a parody of roided up and overly “badass” anti-heroes like The Punisher, Cable, and most obviously Wolverine. Bearing guns bigger than he was, pouches everywhere, and a flying space-motorcycle; Lobo was the fever dream of a sugared-up ten-year-old. But sadly, the people who loved the anti-heroes Lobo parodied were not the best at subtlety, and the fans of the 90’s took him at face value. His success in the 90’s has led to continued prominence in comics and Lobo has long been considered to be DC’s answer to Deadpool.
Michael Bay made Pearl Harbor and likes to film upskirt shots of his female actors.
DC is no doubt trying to find a hit, and is probably hoping to get some of the success that Fox/Marvel is having with the Deadpool franchise. But, rather than innovate or adapt a character that’s a BIT more interesting, it looks like they’ll be making a movie that will be exclusively aimed at teenage boys in 1996.