Guy Ritchie is reported to have signed on to adapt DC Comics’ insanely obnoxious intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo into a movie. This could be an absolutely hilarious action comedy, as the character was conceived by Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer as an over-the-top parody of comic-book excess that eventually became hugely popular in his own right.
After making his name with films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is looking like it’ll be the director’s biggest hit yet, which will officially mark his recovery from going off the rails with Swept Away (starring his ex-wife Madonna) and Revolver. He freely admitted he felt pressure to return to what made him famous after those box office failures and thus, he mounted a comeback with RocknRolla. Jumping to Lobo will definitely keep his high profile going.
However, two things about this report give fans pause. One is the Variety reporting that “a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who drives a pimped out motorcycle, and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc.” As you can see from the photo above, Lobo has chalk white skin (although that could easily just be a Variety error from looking at some questionable Lobo art). He’s also such a powerfully horrible “bastich” that he’s not even an anti-hero. He killed his whole planet for laughs. The other worrying thing is that it’s intended to be a PG-13 movie wherein he will team up with a ““small town teenaged girl.” Anyone who’s a fan of Lobo knows his books are generally “for mature readers only” with insane amounts of violence and gore (we’ll not get into exactly how ‘mature’ Lobo readers actually are, given all the revelry in low-brow humor, too). So it sounds like the plan is to soften him up and mass-market Lobo (which, ironically, is exactly what fans are scared Disney will do to Marvel characters now).
But if anybody can soften up Lobo and still make him cool, Ritchie might be the guy to pull it off. Check out what he’s doing to Sherlock Holmes.