DC Movies Buzz: 'Lobo' Details Teased; J.K. Simmons' Crazy 'Justice League' Look Stuns

DC Movies Buzz: 'Lobo' Details Teased; J.K. Simmons' Crazy 'Justice League' Look Stuns

Jun 08, 2016

Jason Fuchs - Lobo

Back in March, we heard that Jason Fuchs (Pan, Wonder Woman) had been hired to write the screenplay for Lobo, based on the DC comic book character. Reportedly, Fuchs would "start from scratch with his own take" on the bounty hunter, described by our own Rick Marshall as DC's "most violent, edgy, and altogether adult-oriented antihero."  DC has softened Lobo in recent years, making him "younger and hipper," so which version of the character would emerge on the big screen?

Now Fuchs has signaled his intentions, sharing a photo feauring the character in his original incarnation, along with the hashtag "portraitofabastich."

As pointed out by Cinema Blend, the hashtag is evidently a reference to Lobo: Portrait of a Bastich, a trade paperback that collected the Lobo and Lobo's Back comic book series cowritten by Keith Giffen, who created the character.

That should reassure Lobo fans who are yearning for a harder-edged movie to hit the big screen. We'll wait to hear any further developments.


Justice League Dark

In other DC news, Justice League Dark is finally moving forward, but not in the form that was expected. Prospectively, the movie would team up DC's supernatural characters for an epic story. Guillermo del Toro departed the project about a year ago after writing a script and then we heard last November that new directorial candidates, including Fede Alvarez (the upcoming Don't Breathe) and the team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (indie horror Big Bad Wolves) were under consideration.

Now comes word that an animated version may be on its way. Reportedly, the home video version of DC's forthcoming animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke will include a bonus feature titled "A Sneak Peek at Justice League Dark," per The Hollywood Reporter.

That report is based on a statement by the British Board of Film Classification. Of interest, the Blu-ray and DVD versions will be released in the U.S. on August 2 and one listing refers more mysteriously to "A Sneak Peek of DC Universe's Next Animated Movie." Of course, an animated version doesn't rule out a live-action movie entirely; it may be one way for DC to gauge interest among fans for a big-screen adaptation. 

Batman: The Killing Joke, which has been rated R, will be available in a digital version on July 23.


Returning to live-action projects, actor J.K. Simmons is gettting in shape for his next superhero project. Simmons won an Academy Award for his sterling performance in Whiplash, though he made a mark in mainstream movies with his fiery turn as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies .

Recently we learned that Simmons had jumped to the world of DC superheroes. He'll be playing Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League and he takes his preparation very seriously, as these photos shared via social media make abundantly evident.

 

 

 

 

He's making me look bad. #JKSimmons #AintPlayinNoGames

A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on

 

 

 

Saturday morning, 61 years old & making the young generation jealous. This is what dedication looks like. #JKSimmons

A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on

 

Justice League will open in theaters on November 17, 2017.

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