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The Rock To Star In DC Comics LOBO Movie?

Updated on November 11, 2012

For awhile now rumors about a possible Lobo movie, based on the DC Comic character, has been toiling through cyberspace. Now, it's official. Well, sort of.

Dwayne Johnson, known to wrestling fans as "The Rock," has confirmed on his twitter a while back that:

"Rumors of me possibly playing LOBO are true. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun.."

But does this truly mean that a DC Comics Lobo movie will happen? No official release date has been confirmed by WB. However, many sources are insisting that DC & Warner Bros. are edging closer and closer to a Lobo movie happening.

The movie has some big name producers, as well as a director, who's reworking the first draft of a previous script, and a leading actor. So, it does look promising.

A Lobo movie does kinda makes sense. With Nolan's Batman and Snyder's Superman taking darker tones, wouldn't it make sense for the next comic book movie from DC to be one of their most darkest characters within their comic roster?

Yes, if done right, a Lobo movie will probably be one of DC/WB's most violent comic book heroes to hit the silver screen. Anything less than an R rating would be unacceptable for a Lobo movie!

This news has pleased some DC Comic fans of the alien bounty hunter, and it's good to see that DC Comics and Warner Bros. are looking to create another successful movie franchise other than Batman and Superman. Well, at least, they're attempting too.

But many DC fans are also upset because WB has so far failed to get more of their A-list characters such as the Flash and Wonder Woman to the big screen. Instead, this lesser known Lobo character and his movie may see light of day first!

Even more troubling to some fans was the colossal dud of another cosmic DC Comic character who's more well-known. That was none other than Green Lantern, and reception of the movie was extremely poor.

So will a Lobo movie work when a hugely popular Green Lantern failed? Better yet, who is this lesser known DC Comic character, Lobo?


With a goth/biker look, titanium chain with a hook on his right arm, frag grenades, and several bad-ass guns, this seven foot tall, dreadlock wearing, alien roams the galaxy on his space bike as a hard-boiled, interstellar bounty hunter and mercenary. Just imagine Dog The Bounty Hunter dressed up as Rob Zombie for Halloween and you'll have Lobo.

Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo was originally created as a villain, but revived as an anti-hero during the big bad 90s. He also happens to be a parody of Marvel's violent characters, Wolverine and The Punisher. Giffen once said in an interview:

"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."

Lobo was one of the most popular DC Comic characters of the 90s, and Marvel's Stan Lee once admitted that Lobo was his favorite DC Comic character. However, to most audiences outside of comicgeekdom, Lobo isn't that well known.

At least not yet, that is!

And Dwayne Johnson would be perfect for Lobo. Just dress him up in biker gear, goth makeup, and let him get into his "The Rock" persona with some big guns and a chain and bam! There he is!

With legend Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing the film, it may have a good chance of hitting theaters, but will it be any good? After all, we are talking about Joel Silver who put nipples on the Batman costume.

And please, no PG-13 rating for A DC Comics Lobo movie.This character is based off of Wolverine and the Punisher for goodness sakes!

The previous script written by Don Payne when director Guy Ritchie was on board for the Lobo film contained the story plot logline below:

Lobo on earth looking for four fugitives, ends up helping some young girl defend her town.

Ugh! I smell LAME written all over that one! Now it seems that Brad Peyton, director of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is now set to helm the possible Lobo movie and will rewrite the script based off of Payne's first draft.

What do you think? Do you think Lobo will be DC Comics and Warner Bros. next hit movie franchise?


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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thanks chrisinhawaii and your comments are always appreciated. I'll have to get started on that subject of the Star Wars buyout by Disney. I know there are a lot of mixed opinions on the subject of whether Disney will do a good job with one of the most popular franchises ever or completely tank.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      My fingers are crossed, man.

      I dunno if you're a Star Wars guy, but if you are I'd love to hear your take on the Disney buyout and Episode VII (in a hub, of course). I just heard about it this week but haven't actually looked into it, so I don't have any "informed" opinion, other than I fear that my favorite franchise of all time (Star Wars) will soon go the way of another one of my favorite franchises (TMNT).


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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Heya chrisinhawaii, let's hope they don't ruin a Lobo movie. I think the Rock can pull it off if he has a decent script to work with. That's the big worry right there - a decent script!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Heya Stevennix2001, Dwayne Johnson would've made an awesome Black Adam. I agree with that. I don't think he'll make a bad Lobo per say. It really depends on how the character is written.

      If he is more true to the comic book, the movie could work out very well. I agree that James Cameron as director would make some really kick ass films in the comic book movie genre. He has earned his bones as one of the greatest Sci-Fi movie directors.

      I'm really hoping that DC and WB puts out another really good franchise outside of Batman and Superman. I am routing for a Lobo movie to get done, but get done right!

      Thanks for stopping by and always good to hear your comments Stevennix!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Aw man, this sounds like it's gonna be cheezy. The Rock?! Sorry guys, but I don't think he's the guy for this role. Maybe Triple H (if he could act) or the Boz, maybe, but not the Rock.

      Great observation about the movie's rating. If it's not R, it won't do Lobo justice. I keep picturing another of Simon Bisley's kick-assedly-drawn character's being desecrated on the big screen several years back. Now who could that be? Hmm...

      Anyways, I love the idea of Lobo having his day, but I'm not very optimistic about this one. I hope dWAYne doesn't disappoint.

      Fun post! Voted up, interesting, and shared. Thanks for the memories.


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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      I think it could go either way. Your right that if the movie isn't rated "r", then more than likely i don't see this movie doing that well. Personally, i would've rather seen dwayne johnson take on the role of Black Adam in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie instead, but that's just me.

      However, being cast as Lobo works just fine. I'm just curious on how they're going to do it. It's a shame James Cameron is only in the Avatar franchise business now, according to some sources, as I think he would've been perfect to direct a Lobo film. I mean the guy knows how to direct great "R-rated" films with big budget special effects like the first two Terminator movies have proven. Therefore, I think he would've been my first choice.

      However, I guess we'll have to wait and see. anyways, keep up the good work as always.