Michael Bay, the guy responsible for providing the world with an everlasting supply of Transformers movies, might be tapped to direct his first-ever superhero movie: DC's Lobo. According to The Wrap, DC and Warner Bros. hope that Lobo will be their answer to Marvel’s Deadpool.
Lobo is a blue 7-foot-tall muscled alien antihero type who works as a space mercenary and bounty hunter in his comics. In the ‘90s, the character enjoyed a kind of revival after he was recast as a biker, and became popular with fans. He invents swear words like “bastich.” Screencrush described Lobo’s aesthetic as “outlandishly macho images of dudes with gigantic muscles and even bigger guns, blasting people and things and animals while cracking jokes.”
A Lobo movie has been in development at Warner since 2009. Back then, Guy Ritchie was hired to direct the movie with a screenplay from Don Payne that saw Lobo landing on Earth to search for four fugitives. Since then, though, the script has evolved, and Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs is currently working on a script. The Wrap reports that Bay met with DC and gave Fuchs some notes that he will use in a rewrite of his Lobo screenplay. The studio allegedly hopes that the rewritten script will entice Bay to sign on for the project.
Bay’s directing style has received many, many hits; suffice to say, Bay knows no such thing as nuance or delicacy, and as such he is not exactly universally loved. In other words, all his movies all have a distinct style (so distinct, in fact, that he has a custom video camera named after him, the “Bayhem”). Besides the Transformers movies, he’s directed Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the “teenage boy” ready 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Then again, at least one person has noted that the Lobo aesthetic might be perfect for a guy like Michael Bay.
As expected, initial reactions from fans were mixed.
Lobo is about perfect for Michael Bay’s bombastic style and oddball humor. That said, I’ll be shocked if the deal goes through. And, well, I’ve been shocked before.— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) February 8, 2018
Michael Bay directing a DCEU movie. I'm absolutely game for it. I unapologetically love his Transformers movies and Lobo could use some of that mindless wack. I think Robert Rodriguez would've been the better choice though. Bloggers about to piss their pants big time now.— Nед (@carbo_knight) February 8, 2018
TBH Michael Bay is perfect for a Lobo movie, I think the main man himself would be pleased! pic.twitter.com/plRNcwdLeg— ThatCMonster @ Anime LA (@ThatCmonster) February 8, 2018
Michael Bay is currently being eyed to direct the far in the future DC film, Lobo.— DR Movie News (@DrMovieNews) February 8, 2018
Lobo is basically a punk rock Wolverine straight out of a 90’s action flick soooo, this could work? pic.twitter.com/TnxhjsVaV9
Putting Michael Bay on Lobo is a guarantee the movie will do absolutely zero justice to the character. Yes, he's a bounty hunter with who causes mayhem, but it's his personality that's key, and personality isn't something you usually find in Bay movies. #JusticeForTheMainMan pic.twitter.com/HAJgC6b0Ln— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) February 8, 2018
WB/DC eyeing Michael Bay to direct potential Lobo movie.— TC (@TCDoesComics) February 8, 2018
Potential Lobo movie? Eh sure why no- "Michael Bay as potential director" *goes and burns all production documents and anyone involved*— Ryan Malis (@NayrmanBSC) February 8, 2018
I'm really worried that if Michael Bay directs a Lobo movie he won't have any time to direct any more Transformers movies??— Graham Thomson (@grhmthmsn) February 8, 2018
It doesn't matter if it has Michael Bay or not, if the Lobo movie isn't rated R then there's no point.— No Lunch Money (@TheBooyaMoon) February 8, 2018