The obscene, profanity-loving Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, was a complete game changer for the superhero genre. While comic book adaptations are anything but floundering, Fox's remarkable success shone a blazing light on the fact that if the character is right, audiences will happily digest R-rated material en masse.
Any film that has such success — Deadpool is now the highest R-rated movie ever with box office takings of $760.3 million worldwide — causes a ripple effect the size of tsunami through the industry, and understandably so. But in the quest for the next adult superhero sensation, Hollywood executives need look no further than DC's ultra-violent intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo.
Lobo Stuck In Limbo
Jason Fuchs, the screenwriter who was hired by Warner Bros. to craft a script for the movie, has caused a stir of excitement around the project by sharing an image of the comic book character, in a sign that the project is moving forward nicely, after a number of years trapped in development hell.
Way back in 2009, Guy Ritchie was on board to direct, with emphasis on a gritty tone similar to the likes of Snatch (2000) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). However, Ritchie quit the project to focus on the Sherlock Holmes sequel. Furthermore, in 2012, Dwayne Johnson revealed he was interested in the role, but opted to play Black Adam in Shazam instead.
But the landscape has now changed, in a way that makes the arrival of Lobo DC's violent, quip-making answer to Deadpool. And it's true the characters are made of the same ilk — Lobo, like Wade Wilson, is crazy, unpredictable and, at times, hilarious.
The Timing Is Right
Plus, now is the perfect time for Warner Bros. to go ahead with a no-holds-barred R-rated live-action movie to depict Lobo in all his vulgar glory. In addition to Fox's Deadpool, the MCU has also explored its darker side with their hit Netflix shows Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
In another indication that the time is right for Lobo, even within the gritty backdrop of Daredevil, Jon Bernthal's depiction of the trigger-happy mercenary, The Punisher, has resulted in his own spin-off series. This successful incarnation follows previous underwhelming attempts, with self-titled movies in 1989 and 2004.
Furthermore, one of the most controversial comic book storylines, The Killing Joke — which depicts the brutal torture of Barbara Gordon at the hands of a deranged Joker — has finally got the green light, and will be released as an R-rated animated movie this summer.
All in all, it's safe to say the stage is set, and the world is ready for Lobo to finally make the transition to the big screen. Better watch out, Deadpool.