Lobo came back to life, for better or for worse, when director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) signed for the comic book property. It’s been humming along in the background since then, save for some rumors — of which I’ve, admittedly, played no mind — which have pegged his most recent star, Dwayne Johnson, as the man to jump on Lobo’s space bike.
It would appear as though they had a bit of weight behind them; the star himself said, on Twitter, that he’s in line for the part, having talked with Peyton and Joel Silver. If this comes together as planned — there’s no reason not to expect it to, honestly — Johnson will step outside his normal arena and play an alien bounty hunter who, as stated, travels around on a bike to get jobs done. But not just because he would play an extraterrestrial — it’s one who looks like this. That, alone, makes this part one of the bigger leaps he’s made in an entire career.
And, right now, such a possibility is all that could make me care about Lobo in the slightest. (If you need me to explain why the director of Cats & Dogs 2 doing a movie about a space-traveling bounty hunter doesn’t get me fired up…) I’m not trying to purport the idea that Johnson would suddenly make the film good — much as I like the guy, he’s in plenty of bad things — just that seeing him covered in makeup and riding a bike in front of a greenscreen is something I could, with relative reason, get a kick out of. And I’d like a kick from Lobo, to be perfectly frank.
Is Johnson right for Lobo? Would his involvement make you care about the project?
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