Michael Bay Eyeing First Superhero Film with ‘Lobo’

Michael Bay could soon be directing his first superhero blockbuster.

Warner Bros. and DC are currently developing a Lobo movie, and Bay’s who they want at the helm. According to The Wrap, Bay has met with the studios and provided notes for a rewrite, which they’ll will be going for in the hopes that he signs on. Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs is working on the script.

Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen and making his first comic book appearance in 1983, the character of Lobo is an alien-born interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. The character was originally introduced as a villain in the ’80s, but was pushed into limbo after falling out of use with writers. He gained new life in the early ’90s when writers brought him back as a “grim and gritty” superhero parody. He took off, gaining a strong following as an anti-hero biker with his own comic.

Lobo has been circling a start for a while now. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) attached to direct in 2009 and San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton also came close.

Bay doesn’t have anything directing-wise locked in for the near future, so it appears the schedule may be good for Lobo. The blockbuster filmmaker last year delivered his fifth Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, the lowest-earning picture ($US605.4 million) in the franchise thus far.

WB is reportedly hoping that Lobo will be their answer to Fox’s Deadpool. We’ll keep you informed.

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