Warner Bros. Reportedly Courting Michael Bay To Direct Lobo Film Adaptation
by Erik Amaya
The Main Man’s big screen debut may get a fraggin’ Bay treatment.
According to The Wrap, Transformers director Micheal Bay may sign up to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film version of Lobo, the 1990s DC Comics character whose intense look and hard-edged demeanor inspired a lot of arguments in comic book shops about who he could beat up. Bay reportedly met with DC Films executives and offers notes on Jason Fuchs’ most recent draft of the screenplay. If he likes the revisions, contract negotiations will begin. All involved hope to position Lobo as a DC version of Deadpool.
An interesting scheme as Lobo was, in many ways, a precursor to Deadpool. Created by Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer in Omega Men #3, he was originally intended as both a parody and “indictment” of Wolverine and Punisher; the fashionable anti-heroes who — then and now — helped make Marvel Comics a sensation and DC the also-ran. But much to Giffen’s surprise, the character became a sensation amongst the Wolverine/Punisher crowd, leading to several miniseries, one-shots like The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special and a 64-issue ongoing Lobo comic book. The parody aspect evolved into a crude, fourth-wall breaking style that will be familiar to many Deadpool fans. The character also appeared regularly in L.E.G.I.O.N., DC’s Legion of Superheroes-inspired title about a Private Military Contractor company ran by Brainiac’s son.
Bay, meanwhile, is known for his anarchic Transformers films, The Rock, and Armageddon. He has also tried to break out stylistically with films like Pearl Harbor — no, really! — and Pain and Gain. But the Bad Boys director always comes over-the-top action and may be a good fit for the equally OTT Lobo.
Provided, of course, Warner Bros. wants to commit to the spirit of the thing.