Three years after its development ended, the story of why the “Lobo” movie got fragged has come to light.
In the press build up to his new film “San Andreas,” director Brad Peyton explained why his take on DC Comics’ foul-mouth last Czarnian never came to be. As ComingSoon.net reports, the filmmaker said, “I think what’s happening with DC is that they have prioritized what they need to make first in order to kind of lay the foundations for the DC Universe. This is what I believe is happening just from what they’ve been taking about. They’re talking about ‘Justice League,’ ‘Batman v Superman,’ and going into ‘Flash,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ and ‘Aquaman.’ Those are kind of the pillars of that universe.”
Peyton became attached to the character in 2012 after his film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” opened a success. That new was soon followed by reports that “Journey 2” (and now “San Andreas”) star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would star as the character created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. But within a year, Johnson was begging off such predictions, and the project failed to materialize in DC’s new movie slate.
“It’s a real uphill battle to talk people into spending a lot of money to do things correctly… I was really happy with the script,” Peyton went on to say. “I talked with Dwayne about it. Joel Silver and I had a really amazing meeting about it. I did a rewrite of the script and was really, really excited for it. In their estimation, though, he wasn’t one of those main guys… That’s fair enough. I think that, to do any kind of comic book universe correctly, you do need to establish, ‘Here’s the tone. Here’s the main people.’ Then we can grow offshoots from there. With Marvel, they’re now doing smaller characters like ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ They obviously had to start, though, with their big guns and set up ‘The Avengers.’ I kind of feel like that’s where DC is now. They’re setting that team up.
“I think there’s going to be a really amazing time for ‘Lobo’ and I think people are going to realize, certainly once they revisit it, what they’re sitting on,” he says. “But you never know. I’m really happy with the project and where we got it and fingers crossed it comes to fruition at some point.”
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