With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. officially kicked off the DC Extended Universe—a move that better positions the studio to take on the seat-filling, cinematic comic juggernaut, Marvel. Next in line for DC is the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, which will arrive in theaters in August, followed by Wonder Woman in June 2017. Now, a feature film starring DC Comics’ Lobo may soon be added to the already impressive lineup of DC films.
Warner Bros. had originally brought director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) on board to write and direct a Lobo adaption, which focuses on the adventures of the eponymous, un-killable, intergalactic bounty hunter. That project was scrapped, with reports that Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs was taking over writing duties for Lobo instead. With no new news on the project’s development since March, Fuchs (whose other credits include Luna Park, Pan, and Ice Age: Continental Drift) has recently broken the silence, teasing his involvement on the film.
The writer recently posted a photo to his Instagram account, letting fans know that he is currently turning the pages of the four-issue “Portrait of a Bastich” – a collection of the outlaw’s early issues, in which he learns that neither Hell nor Heaven will have him, rendering him more than immortal.
Lobo, the brainchild of Keith Giffen and Roger Silfer, grew in popularity during the ultra-dark, ultra-violent days of antiheroes in the 1990s. Known for his rough-around-the-edges nature, heavy drinking, and penchant for extreme violence, Lobo was intended to parody other violent comic characters like Wolverine and The Punisher. While the dreadlocked alien has undergone changes over the years (in the New 52, a cleaned-up version of the Czarnian bounty hunter was released… to the chagrin of his fan base), Warner Bros. would do well to pay cinematic homage to the original antihero fans know and love – especially in light of the recent popularity of other dark, yet comical anti-heroes like Deadpool. With Fuchs at the helm of the script, however, (and the reveal that he is consulting the darker source material), it sounds as if fans will finally be receiving the Lobo film they have been waiting for.
We’ll keep you posted as more details arrive, but for now, do you think a Lobo movie could be a hit? Or is a successful adaptation – in the words of the man himself – “im-fraggin possible”?
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborgon April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
Source: Jason Fuchs