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“Rumors of me possibly playing LOBO are true,” he wrote over the weekend on Twitter. “Joel Silver and Brad Peyton working on it now. That could be fun..”
Johnson’s comment jibes with a rumor that surfaced in April after news broke that Brad Peyton is attached to direct and rewrite a live-action movie for Warner Bros. based on DC’s ultraviolent intergalactic bounty hunter. Peyton is best known for helming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which just happened to star Johnson, and is also attached to New Line’s disaster flick San Andreas 3D.
Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo debuted in 1983’s Omega Men #3. Known as the last Czarnian — because he killed every other man, woman and child on his home planet — Lobo went on to become one of the most feared bounty hunters in the universe. Since that first appearance he’s tussled and teamed up with everyone from Superman to Wolverine.
While nothing was announced over the weekend at Comic-Con International, Johnson’s tweet is a good sign for fans who have been waiting for Lobo’s live-action debut. The character appeared in episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, his own online cartoon and even in a well-regarded fan film from a few years back, but this would be his first official appearance in a non-animated form.