Originally, when Lobo was being presented as a viable film product, there was a lot of speculation surrounding Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson playing the role, and was also a fan favorite. The first person attached to the project was Guy Ritchie who was set to direct, which later fell to Brad Peyton. The first domino to really cause this project to turn upside down was Dwayne Johnson being cast as Black Atom.
Fanboys called down and stopped calling for Lobo as much. Then we found out what the reason really was that Lobo had likely been halted. Brad Peyton said “I think that, to do any kind of comic book universe correctly, you do need to establish, ‘Here’s the tone. Here’s the main people.’ Then we can grow offshoots from there. With Marvel, they’re now doing smaller characters like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. They obviously had to start though, with their big guns and set up The Avengers. I kind of feel like that’s where DC is now. They’re setting that team up.”
I think he’s right. I think he saw the obviously well established Marvel Cinematic Universe and they didn’t take long to dissect and find out why Marvel has done so well. There will be two things DC doesn’t have, or at least yet, that’s their own Kevin Feige and Robert Downey Jr.
I would like to have seen Lobo on the big screen, and I think at some point we will, but it’s likely a long while away. I think though if they can successfully keep their television and cinematic experiences separate, it would bode well. There are just too many people who like one or the other and don’t want them both joining together.
Brad Peyton is optimistic about whether or not Lobo will ever happen, saying “I think there’s going to be a really amazing time for Lobo and I think people are going to realize, certainly once they revisit it, what they’re sitting on. But you never know. I’m really happy with the project and where we got it and fingers crossed it comes to fruition at some point.” The only concerning piece of that statement to me is when he says: “people are going to realize, certainly once they revisit it” at this point I thought he was referring to fans, but then he continues: “what they’re sitting on.” which wouldn’t to me imply fans, rather it would to me seem as the “they” may be the folks at DC. If that’s the case, I don’t like hearing the possibility that they don’t yet know what they’re sitting on.
I want to see this cinematic universe unfold so bad, but I am nervous that they’re going to pump out a bad movie too fast when trying to introduce too many characters too fast. As a side note, one character I really want to see is Martian Manhunter! Can’t wait!
We all know the pillars of the MCU: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow. Yea, it hurts to think Black Widow is a pillar, but she has been made into one. You could argue Nick Fury but he’s really Elmer’s glue. For DC, Brad Peyton is claiming their pillars are: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Flash, which are all solid choices. I would’ve rather seen Green Lantern in that mix instead of Aquaman, but it is what it is.
Maybe Lobo will be something to DC’s version of a one man Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Follow Fat Red Comics on Twitter! @FatRedComics