Dwayne Johnson has been saying a lot.... and not saying a lot..... when it comes to his involvement with the DC Universe and his negotiations with Warner Bros. to star in the next DC Universe film. AMC Movie News back in 2013 has stated that Warner Bros. 'pulled the plug' on the Lobo project because:
'They were unsure of where the DC Comics Film Universe was going to stand as they wanted to see how 'Man Of Steel' did at the box office.'
We all know how that turned out, don't we? This is why we have Batman vs. Superman on the way.
Okay, so with all of that out of the way: why all the secrecy? I mean, in just about every interview that he has done, it has always been the same attitude: he avoids the question! Many movie news gurus have had their own theories. Many of them had agreed way back two years ago that Warner Bros. had decided to axe the project due to all of the growing concerns of their film success. Other have gone on to say that Dwayne Johnson was the one that had pulled out at the time before he started filming Hercules, as he was seeing the matter as a 'complete and total mess and he had grown tired of waiting.'
In an interview just this year with io9.com, Johnson began talking a little more openly about his involvement with DC and Warner Bros., but he still did not disclose who or what he would be playing, There had been a multitude of answers from the Green Lantern, John Stewart, to Black Adam for an upcoming possible Shazam! project, and then of course, the moraless bounty hunter, Lobo. He had even went as far as to cause a buzz by using the name 'johnstweart' as a subtle hint of who he would like to play.
His exact words via the interview about his role choice and what he was looking for as well as Warner Bros., and I quote:
Dwayne Johnson: [Laughs] Can't say that, but here we go. Here are three qualities. The first quality we were looking for was that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on. What that does for me as an actor and the studio is it gives us space that we can explore his complexities.
The other quality was that he had to — the character we were looking for had to be well-known but never brought to life. Then what that does again as an actor, it gives me a little bit of space, and we talked about personality. It just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality, with the set of tools that I could bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality, but still pay homage to who he is.
The third thing — and most important — is he had to be a badass mother&^%%$$#% on a Superman level of power, where he could throw down. In those three qualities, I'm happy we've found that character. Right now, we're out to a lot of writers.
Okay, so what exactly is he saying here? The way that he had described it could be any of the three! Let's look at each one based upon the statements that the Rock has just made:
1) John Stewart
Okay, probably one of the most notable Green Lanterns. Though a substitute Green Lantern for Hal Jordan, his skill as an architect as well as a Marine Corps vet only makes him cooler. His tough-as-nails attitude towards his job fits another great character that the Rock has been playing for a while: Federal agent Luke Boggs.
Now, as far as being of a Superman calibre for strength, that would almost eliminate that, as Green Lanterns, while they have the ring and the unlimited knowledge of the entire universe, the most that they can do is create objects by using their mind and creating them by bending light. Not exactly a fair exchange in a god-like battle, if you ask me.
2) Black Adam
Okay, now for this guy. In the beginning, he was a corrupted Egyptian predecessor to Captain Marvel who fought his way through time just to get a chance to finally kick his sorry tail! Now, DC has revamped him and made him an 'antihero' out to clear his name. Okay.....hmm......good guy.....bad guy.... neither..... maybe.... hmmmmm....
Okay, for him let's think about this: Dwayne's played just about every kind of character there is. He was a soldier turned renegade alien zombie in Doom, a sarcastic and egotistical football player in The Game Plan, a hardened criminal out for revenge in Faster, a heroic solider for the government in GI Joe: Retaliation, a cocky supercop in The Other Guys, and a demi-god in the recent Hercules. So far, he has proven that he has quite a range, but I have only seen him play a bad guy once or twice. Black Adam is a powerful foe, but in the past, Superman has proven that he can hold himself in a fight against his foe, Captain Marvel. So, what makes Black Adam fit that same mold? Nothing! Strike Two!
Okay, now to the Main Man, The Master of Frag: LOBO! A psychotic, gun-obsessed one-man killing machine that shoots anything that moves and loves the thril of it. (Not to mention babes,booze, and total mayhem). Believe it or not, he was supposed to be poking fun at Marvel's Wolverine of X-Men fame, and it seems that it worked. Dwayne as a crazed alien bounty hunter??? COULD BE!
So, here we are now, waiting to see what the Rock is going to tell us closer to it being done (whenever that will be, as the writers are still working on it) . The Rock right now is truly living by two of his catch phrases: Know Your Role and Shut up, candy#$%. In English: 'I'm not telling.'
So, tell me which one you think it is in the comments and which one you would love to see him do in the poll below!