Michael Bay might be stepping away from the Transformers franchise, but he might be about to step into brand new territory for him. According to The Wrap, Bay is being eyed by DC to helm a Lobo movie for Warner Bros., to be based on the comic book character.
The filmmaker reportedly met with executives to discuss the project and gave notes that screenwriter Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) will incorporate into the rewritten script. The studio will then present Bay with the new script once it is complete, and he’ll decide if he wants to make the movie.
A Lobo movie has been eyed for a while by Warner Bros. All the way back in 2009, Guy Ritchie was developing a PG-13 version of the violent anti-hero, before Dwayne Johnson looked likely for the role in 2012 when Brad Peyton was attached to direct. Fuchs came on board a couple of years ago, and now DC is licking their Justice League wounds and hoping to bring Bay on board to spark some life into the DCEU.
In the comics, Lobo is a blue-skinned, seven foot tall alien who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. He came to prominence in the 90s and is often referred to as the Rob Zombie of the DC universe, which is unsurprising when you take a look at him:
It seems Warner Bros. wants their own answer to Deadpool in the form of Lobo, and considering the demographic of that film – the same demographic Bay repeatedly targeted and made money from with the Transformers franchise – making a move to get the director on board makes sense.
If it happens, there’s something intriguing about it, mostly because there’s always something intriguing about Bay in a way that’s hard to articulate, but it’s hard to know exactly what the script contains, or what any Lobo adaptation will look like right now. But if Bay’s on board, we know there will be a good chance of plenty of anarchy and mayhem.