It appears that we may have to wait a bit longer to see The Rock take on a comic book character. Early last year, rumors surfaced that Dwayne Johnson was circling the starring role in Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comic Lobo. It seemed like pitch perfect casting, as the rather intimidating Lobo is an anti-hero character that was created initially as an indictment of the hero prototype of the Punisher and Wolverine, and who became known for his violent tendencies.
Johnson himself confirmed the rumors last summer, saying it “could be fun” to play the character for director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), but now it appears that nothing ever solidified, as the actor has revealed that the project “went away.” Hit the jump for more.
Speaking with MTV News (via The Playlist), Johnson confirmed that director Brett Ratner’s Hercules is the next film that he’ll be shooting, but when asked about Lobo he revealed that he’s no longer involved with the film:
“It was [something that I was going to do] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away, as things happen in Hollywood. For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away.”
I assume the project is still in development (the thing has been percolating for a number of years now), but it appears that if it does move forward to production, it won’t be with Johnson. It’s kind of a bummer, but I’d be shocked if we don’t see Johnson in a comic book adaptation sooner or later. For now, we’ve got plenty of Johnson goodness to look forward to as he’ll be seen in the action thriller Snitch later this month, the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation next month, Michael Bay’s dark comedy Pain and Gain in April, and the insane-looking Fast & Furious 6 in May. That’s a whole lotta Dwayne Johnson, which should make for a whole lotta fun times at the movies. Watch the video interview with Johnson below.