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