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'Journey 2' Director Brad Peyton Hired to Helm 'Lobo' for DC Comics

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April 20, 2012
Source: Deadline

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Considering a director like Guy Ritchie was once lined up to direct a feature film adaptation of DC Comics' Lobo, you wouldn't think that the filmmaker behind Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore or Journey 2: The Mysterious Island would be the top choice to follow in his footsteps. However, Deadline reports that's exactly what's happening with director Brad Peyton currently being set to rewrite and direct the live-action comic book adaptation from producers Joel Silver (The Matrix) and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Paranormal Activity). Lobo started as a villain in the 80's but found his true calling in the 90's.

Upon his revival in the 90's, Lobo became an anti-hero biker meant to serve as a parody of other violent heroes such as Wolverine and the Punisher (both Marvel properties), with his stories featuring a nihilistic streak tinged with dark comedy and excessive violence. At this time he became one of the most popular characters from DC Comics. That kind of story sounds ripe for an edgy filmmaker like Guy Ritchie, but for a family film director with only broad comedy experience, this seems like a strange match. Of course, as someone who has been a proponent of Shawn Levey venturing from family films like Cheaper by the Dozen to less silly material like Real Steel and R-rated comedies like The Internship, perhaps Peyton has just been biding his time, waiting for Warner Bros. to give him a project like this.

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  • Candle_Wick
    Oh no, please don't let this be true. I'd love to see a Lobo movie, but only if it were given the reverence afforded to Sin City, which this just won't be.
    • Jericho
      ditto, i don't know much about comics but i grew up with Lobo fans and would hate this to turn into Jonah Hex with a Harley....
      • Scopedog
        You're fraggin' right about that, Jericho.  Lobo was a fave character of mine (and his X-Mas special comic was one of the best things I've ever read), but a live action Lobo film _cannot_ be something "family friendly". Granted, they did tone him down for the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN cartoon back in the 1990s, but he still had an edge, and Brad Garrett (in my view) did a fantastic job voicing Lobo...although he did sound like Hulk Hogan (sorta).
  • http://www.fuckoff.com Jimmy Love
    I hope he's the right Bastich for the job!
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Director is ok DC >>>>>>>> Marvel
  • Crazy Legs
    @Scopedog - Hell yeah!!! That X-mas special is a classic!!! I was a huge LOBO fan in the 90's but to be honest with you I don't think they could ever make a film that would do it justice. Not every comic would translate well into film, I think this is the perfect example. I really think the stories are way too violent and different for the kind of audiences that the studios target. If they make a movie it won't be like the comics, which will upset the fans. Then again maybe it will be a whole reimagining of the character and it may be cool, who knows. I'll still watch it.
  • David Banner
    I'm happy it will get made into a movie, finally. Still too early to say if it is a failure. Keep us posted :)
  • Last Son
    Jeffrey Dean Morgan should be cast as LOBO.
  • BinaryChaos
    I bet Dwayne Johnson is going to get the role...
    • http://twitter.com/incarnedine_v Dan Hibiki
      Lemmy turned down the role due to prior engagements.
  • Ryan
    Two words: Jason Momoa...

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