The long-awaited standalone movie adaptation of Lobo, while stuck in a rut for almost a decade, has finally started to make way. Those who have followed the bike-riding anti-hero through the comic books over the years will be happy to know that the finalized script will attempt to stay true to the source materials to some degree.
Speaking with LRM Online in a recent interview, screenwriter Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) pointed out the necessity in the original text and how the audience appreciates the feeling of reading those same pages on the silver screen. However, the Lobo comic books are a bit different in this regard. The challenge is the same but the movie should “capture some of that same spirit” in the end.
I think when you’re working on comic book characters, especially ones that are near and dear to my heart, like Wonder Woman and Lobo are, you want to create something that’s true to what the original text are. It feels like reading those comics up on the big screen.
So for something like Lobo, without saying too much about it, it’ll feel, I imagine, quite different because the Lobo comic itself is quite different. What Keith Giffen and Alan Grant put together was something really unique, and hopefully, we’ll capture some of that same spirit when we make the movie.
Lobo has seen multiple directors jump onboard over the years. Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) was the first to be attached to the movie back in 2009 but he parted ways four years later. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) then swooped in as the second director with the intention to involve Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The wrestler-turned-actor, however, dropped the idea in the following year and the project fell into disarray once again.
Michael Bay (Transformers) is now said to be eyeing the director seat for the movie. He reportedly sat down with Warner Bros. and Fuchs last week to offer his perspective on how the direction should be. The parties, however, have yet to broker a deal.
The current script for Lobo demands a bloated production budget of well over $200 million, an amount that is too staggering for the debut of the intergalactic bounty hunter. Warner Bros. hopes to slash the price tag before giving the movie a greenlight.
Lobo was first introduced in the comic books as a supervillain. In the years to come, he was revived as a trash-talking anti-hero with a penchant to ride into battles on his bike. He is basically the Deadpool of the other side of the fence. On that note, the Lobo movie will possibly be the first R-Rated release in the DC Extended Universe.