Keith Giffen, co-creator of Lobo, recently told Mania that he was surprised the movie was actually going to happen since it had been talked about for so many years. The real question is what does he think about Guy Ritchie directing and the PG-13 rating?
I've got the concerns that everyone has when they see one of the characters they created when the go into film. I'm not as radical as Alan Moore going, 'I don't want a damn thing to do with it,' but I'm not as enthusiastic as Mark Millar. I'm optimistic about the potential for the film, but it's a cautious optimism.
I think Guy Ritchie is a good choice for director or a horrible choice for director, depending on whether we've got 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' Guy Ritchie, which is a good thing or we've got 'Swept Away' Guy Ritchie, in which case it's 'Tank Girl.'
Giffen said he's not worried about the rating as long as they get the right tone. He also thinks an unknown actor should be cast as the Main Man.
After hearing Giffen's thoughts, does that change your opinion about a Lobo movie? Does it make you feel a little better? You could say that Hollywood can get away with a bit these days with a PG-13 rating. Most "horror" movies these days (if you can still call them that) shy away from an R rating to guarantee more box office revenue. That is a major factor in launching a franchise. It has to be able to make enough money for the studio to want to make more. Do you think the average movie-goer will go for a Lobo movie. Even among comic readers, he's not the most well known character.
Get an unknown and make him a star instead of giving the money to a star. If it's, 'Mel Gibson as Lobo,' it kind of stops being a Lobo movie and starts being a Mel Gibson movie.