Rock Teases DC Comics Film

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was, many years ago, tied to a Shazam film, to play the villainous Black Adam. He’s also been connected to a big-screen adventure starring the character Lobo. Neither project went anywhere; both have seemed more or less dead in the past couple years. But during his promotion of Hercules, The Rock teased a DC Comics project, and his description sounds like it could be one of those two characters.

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Dwayne Johnson Won’t Be ‘Lobo’ After All

With all the uncertainty surrounding Warner Bros.’ exploitation of DC characters, we shouldn’t be surprised to hear that a film featuring intergalactic bad-ass Lobo is maybe not happening soon.

Last year Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) came on to direct Lobo, and Dwayne Johnson soon said he was attached to the role. And then… crickets. We’ve heard just about zip about Lobo since. WB and DC talk has all been about Justice League, Batman, and Superman. And whether WB’s focus on other properties is to blame or not, at the very least we know that Johnson has fallen away from the project. Read More »

When might you see that rumored Dark Knight Rises extended cut? Want to see some images of filming on the set of Thor: The Dark World? What’s the rumored plot of a Lobo movie? Which character is now rumored, but unlikely, to be in The Wolverine? When does Captain America: The Winter Soldier begin shooting? Where can you get a limited edition case for The Amazing Spider-Man? Is there going to be an upgrade for delayed Marvel Cinematic Universe box set? What’s Ben Affleck saying now about Justice League? Did Dredd 3D have a successful opening in the UK this past weekend? And who designed The Avengers image above? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

DC Entertainment has got some catching up to do if it wants to catch up with Marvel Studios’ slate of superhero movies, but they’re trying their best to rise to the challenge. Although Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is the only DC movie due out in the next three years, Warner Bros. has a slew of other comic book adaptations in various states of development at the moment, among them the long-simmering Lobo adaptation.

The project’s been kicking around for a few years, and at one point had Guy Ritchie attached to helm. He eventually moved on, though, and this past spring Brad Peyton was announced to rewrite and direct. Now he’s trying to get his charismatic Journey 2: The Mysterious Island star Dwayne Johnson to help him bring the story to life. More after the jump.

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In the wake of the uber-massive-success of Marvel’s The Avengers, it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that Warner Bros. had hired a writer to revive Justice League. They’re DC’s answer to the superhero team and a project has been in various stages of development for several years. The key to The Avengers, though, wasn’t just that it was a good movie. Much of its success was because it was more than a movie. The Avengers was an event with a four year, five film build up that started with Iron Man in 2008. Which begs the question, will Warner Bros. attempt to go the same route or will they jump right into a Justice League movie?

A report from Variety suggests the former. They’ve dug up that in addition to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the Justice League news, and the Wonder Woman news, Warner Bros. has six other characters at various stages of development. And no, that does not include Green Lantern or Batman, both of which might get rebooted. Read what’s what after the jump. Read More »

Lobo is a strange comic book property: the character is a grizzled, violent, foul-mouthed intergalactic mercenary/bounty hunter, but he’s also a parody of the serious version of those sorts of characters. He was Deadpool before Marvel thought of Deadpool. (Just a bit before, but that’s good enough.) Lobo became a fan-favorite character in the early ’90s and has long been a wishlist option for a silver screen incarnation.

But making a Lobo movie is difficult — the character works on the page precisely because of the way in which he satirized the serious superhero trends of the mid to late ’80s. So now that DC and Warner Bros. are actively developing a film around the character, will those companies have the balls to use Lobo in a similar manner? Those serious Christopher Nolan Batman movies are just ripe for prodding by the mustachioed biker notorious for wiping out his own race.

I have doubts that the film will end up going that direction, as WB just set Brad Peyton, whose last two films were Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, to rewrite and direct Lobo. Read More »

UPDATE: According to three sources close to the Judge Dredd film (two are employees at Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD, the other is Jock, responsible for the concept art at the head of this post) a draft of Alex Garland’s Judge Dredd screenplay has been shown to John Wagner, who created Dredd alongside artist Carlos Ezquerra. What isn’t clear – yet – is what feedback Wagner offered, or how that feedback has/hasn’t had an impact.
It is worth noting that many Dredd stories credited to either Alan Grant or John Wagner alone were actually written by the two of them in partnership, like some kind of reverse Lennon and McCartney.

The closest UK equivalent to Comic-Con would be the MCM Expo and I’ve been there today, looking for scoop. It’s not one half the size of San Diego’s mammoth geek Mecca (okay, not a quarter of the size, even) but it is rapidly expanding in terms of attendance figures, exhibitors and nifty special events. If you’ve got a good nose and alert ears, there’s all sort of great stuff to sniff out and tune into.

The major panel on day one saw Andy Diggle, Jock and Idris Elba taking to the stage to promote The Losers. Meanwhile, a less high profile event saw Alan Grant joining a group of comics creators in discussing multi-media crossovers such as comics adapting stories from other media, and other media leeching ideas from the comics world. What connected these two panels? Talk of DNA’s upcoming Judge Dredd movie.

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Hollywood loves Akiva Goldsman. No surprise. He’s a geek at heart, and these days geeks make money. He’s able to marry that sensibility with an approach that brings in adult audiences (The Da Vinci Code) and even wins awards (A Beautiful Mind). And yet a lot of us have a real mistrust of the writer, not even thanks to his credit on the execrable Batman and Robin, but for being the driving force behind turds like I Am Legend and I, Robot. Now Goldsman is ready to move into his next venture, directing, and he’s got a project in mind, and a few big comic book properties already on his plate. Read More »

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