It’s a sure sign that we’re in a comic-book-movie golden age when characters such as Green Lantern are getting their own movies. That’s not a commentary on whether the GL movie was any good or not, just on the fact that the movie exists at all. While Green Lantern isn’t that obscure, he’s certainly more obscure than the likes of Superman or Batman. But if you thought Green Lantern was as deep as Hollywood would dive in its search for four-color cash cows, buddy, were you wrong. We may be getting an Ant-Man movie, Marvel is planning a Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation, and now comes the word that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be playing DC’s ultra-violent Lobo.
The news comes straight from Johnson himself, who tweeted the following a couple of days ago:
The first word of a possible Lobo movie came back in April, when it was reported that director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) would be directing the film, as well as rewriting the existing script. Johnson’s involvement would make sense, since he starred in Journey 2, but Peyton’s being given the director’s chair in the first place is still a head-scratcher. Lobo is a notoriously violent character, and at one point was contracted by the Easter Bunny to murder Santa Claus (in 1991’s The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special). Peyton’s resume, on the other hand, is filled with family-friendly fare such as Journey 2 and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Could they be aiming for a watered-down, PG-rated Lobo? A short plot description found on IMDb Pro doesn’t provide many answers: “A teenaged girl partners with a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible creature to stop a gang of fugitives from wreaking havoc.”
For those of you currently squinting at the screen and thinking, “Who the hell is Lobo?” here’s a quick primer. Lobo was created by writer Roger Slifler and artist Keith Giffen way back in 1983, first appearing in Omega Men issue #3. He spent most of the ’80s as a bargain-basement bad guy but found a surge of popularity in the ’90s. Strangely enough, that newfound popularity came about because he was embraced by fans as the very thing he was originally created to satirize. In a 2006 interview, Giffen said, “I have no idea why Lobo took off. I came up with him as an indictment of the Punisher, Wolverine hero prototype and somehow he caught on as the high violence poster boy. Go figure.”
Of course, since we aren’t expected to see any new DC Movies until 2015 after The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel hit theaters, any potential Lobo movie is still a long way down the pike. So if this news makes you furious, take heart: it’s still got plenty of time to fall apart.