The character originated in 1983 in Omega Men, written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and has had several comic incarnations since then. In the film, he is a 7-foot-tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who rides 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 teenage girl to stop the creatures. WB is aiming for a PG-13 rating.
Ritchie will make the movie his follow-up to Sherlock Holmes, the Silver-produced film that stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, which Warner Brothers opens Christmas Day.
Production on Lobo begins early next year.