Guy Ritchie to Direct Lobo

September 2, 2009

Director Guy Ritchie, of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame, has his next project now that the Robert Downey, Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes is done: Lobo. One of the more improbable anti-heroes of the DC Comics universe, Lobo is an interstellar alien bounty hunter. This is definitely a change of genre for Ritchie.

Variety describes the concept of Lobo:

Production on Lobo begins early next year. The character originated in 1983 in Omega Men, written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. Lobo has had several comic incarnations. In the film, he is 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. Lobo teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.

It seems like the biggest question about this movie is why is an indestructible bounty hunter from another planet interesting? If he's indestructible, then where's the conflict? Just like Superman and the Hulk, characters like this seem like they drain a movie of tension. If no one can kill or destroy the thing, then why do we care about what happens?

Maybe Ritchie will make this a more approachable film than it sounds like on the surface. It would be nice to see how well Sherlock Holmes is going to turn out, seeing as it's going to be more of a straightforward action film than a mystery thriller.

Anyone out there have any interest in seeing a movie about Lobo?

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