Both Marvel and DC made very big splashes at Comic-Con 2012, with their Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel presentations, respectively. However, as it turns out, not all of this weekend’s superhero scoops came out of the annual San Diego event.
For years, rumors have attached Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to various superhero properties, including DC’s potential Shazam and Lobo films. Johnson himself even cryptically tweeted a few months back that a project with DC was already in the works.
Now, again via Twitter, the wrestler turned actor has finally clarified that statement. Read on to see his message.
@WritingAWonder Rumors of me possibly playing LOBO are true. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun.. #RockTalk
For those unfamiliar with the character, Lobo is an alien mercenary and bounty hunter who – throughout his run in the comics – has evolved from a villain into an anti-hero biker. In the film version, DC will likely move forward with that incarnation, as it proved one of the company’s most popular characters in the 1990s. Johnson certainly has the action chops and attitude to pull off the role and – with the proper makeup, of course – could easily look the part.
However, until a contract is signed, Johnson’s involvement is subject to change. Still, many fans have been hoping that he will bring his action-hero physique and screen presence to an established superhero character, and this is definitely a strong step in that direction. It’s also a slick move for DC as they continue to revitalize their slate of upcoming films. After all, Johnson is largely credited for the box office phenomenon that was Fast Five and has bolstered interest in next summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
As it stands, Johnson is already attached to star in the film versions of the Oni Press graphic novel Ciudad and Radical Publishing’s Hercules: The Thracian War. Adding Lobo to the mix would mean that he would probably appear on screen in (at least) three comic book roles within the next few years.
Do you think Johnson is the right choice for Lobo, or would you rather see him as some other comic book character? Sound off in the comments.