Comic-Con may be over, but that doesn’t mean the news of comic adaptations comes to an end. While thousands are stripping out of the cosplay outfits and recovering from nacho hangovers, Hollywood continues to move forward and another interesting bit of news has arrived concerning a property that isn’t quite as well known as Superman, Spider-Man or Batman.
You may recall that earlier this spring, it was revealed that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with “Lobo” with Brad Peyton tasked to direct. And it looks like some tentative casting talks are underway. Answering a fan inquiry on Twitter about appearing in the movie, Dwayne Johnson candidly revealed: “Rumors of me possibly playing LOBO are true. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun.. #RockTalk” So who exactly is this bruiser?
A fringe character at DC, Lobo is an intergalactic bounty hunter who looks very much like a beefy biker with a love for old Kiss 45’s. Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in the ’80s, he was a parody of other extreme characters like the Punisher and Wolverine, but became immensely popular in the nineties for representing exactly what he was meant to mock.
Guy Ritchie was originally developing this project a couple of years back, and Peyton is certainly an… interesting choice. He’s mostly known for his tepid family movie sequels like “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and uh, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” so WB must really like his take on the character and/or Peyton is cheap and willing to take orders. With WB still yet to exploit their vast archive of DC characters, in this post-Nolan comic movie world, every step they make is going to be under a lot of scrutiny. That said, this is a lesser known property, and our guess is they won’t throw too big a pile of money at it. Johnson is the kind of figure that would make geeks happy, he fits the role, so we’ll see where it goes.
No word yet on where this will end up on the WB slate, but considering they have no plans for any DC Comics movies to hit the big screen until 2015, it seems they’re gonna take the time to get it right.