DC has been trying to get a film adaptation for Lobo off the ground for years. The violent, foul-mouthed intergalactic mercenary/bounty hunter has become quite the fan favorite and is somewhat similar to Marvel’s Deadpool, who also parodies the heroics and trends of serious superheroes out there and has his own movie in the works starring Ryan Reynolds. I guess since the characters have a bit in common, DC is pulling the “anything you can do I can do better” card.
Previously, Guy Ritchie was attached to direct the ‘Lobo’ project, but moved on to work on ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Today, Deadline is reporting that Brad Peyton, the man behind ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ and ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’, has been hired to rewrite and direct ‘Lobo’, with Joel Silver producing.
There are two versions of the Lobo character floating around. In the 80s, he was a hard-boiled villain, but when he resurged in the 90s, he became and anti-hero, and was elevated to one of the most popular characters in the DC Universe. According to Variety (via /Film), back when Ritchie was attached, the film would focus on the 1990s version where Lobo will be “a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who drives a pimped out motorcycle, lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc, and teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.”
Since he has signed on to direct and rewrite, we shall see if this will be the direction that Peyton goes in this direction as well, but I don’t see him going any other way. I’m sure that he might put his own twist on things, but the previous direction seems like a solid way to present Lobo to an audience that is most likely unfamiliar with the character, as well as a way to appease the diehard fans.
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