Actor Clancy Brown Might Be Stepping Up to Take on Lobo?
Looking at the more recent successful films, it's becoming clear that star power is no longer a guaranteed box office draw for audiences. Unknown actors and actresses are garnering as much attention as their A-List counterparts. It looks like the creative team behind the upcoming Guy Ritchie adaptation of DC Comics' Lobo is paying attention to this trend as IGN says a source close to production told them that actor Clancy Brown might be the man to step into Lobo's shoes. Apparently with the amount of special effects needed to create the character, there isn't too much concern in bringing in a high profile name to lead this project.
"Ultimately regardless of whether you do it all CG or its a guy in a suit, with CG, you'll still end up doing a lot of CG animation. So do you need a celebrity? Do you need a name or do you just get someone who is good and who's gonna nail it?"
This will probably come as disappointing news to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who was anxious to take on the anti-heroic comic book role back in September. But Clancy Brown is no stranger to the comic book genre having worked extensively voicing Lex Luthor in "Superman: The Animated Series" and Justice League Unlimited" in addition to more comedic voicework as Mr. Crabs in "Spongebob Squarepants." His most famous role may be that of the Kurgan in Highlander, but you've certainly seen him in plenty of supporting roles like Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption or Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers. You can also catch a glimpse of him leading the angry mob after Freddy in the A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer.
This kind of move has been made before when Ron Perlman was cast as the hero in Hellboy and similarly with the amount of make-up or CG that will be necessary for Lobo, there's no doubt that this character is going to be all about the right personality rather than just a big name. Lobo is one of the DC characters I'm less familiar with much like my familiarity with Hellboy before the 2004 film, but also like that film, I'm hoping this is a great introduction. At the very least I'm intrigued, if only because this is Guy Ritchie's first comic book movie and it's sure to be an experience in itself. Is Clancy Brown up to Lobo standards?