That DC Comics Lobo movie? The Rock says it 'just went away'

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Feb 15, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

For a few brief months last year, the rumor mill was churning about how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was lined up to play DC Comics anti-hero Lobo on the big screen. Then things went quiet in the media. Apparently they went quiet for the Rock as well.

In an interview with MTV promoting his new action movie, Johnson was asked how things were going with the Lobo project. Joel Silver (The Book of Eli) was producing and had tapped Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) to write the script, which was reportedly heading down the fast track.

Of course, that was before DC got neck-deep into its proposed master plan for Justice League and some accompanying films in a shared universe, a la Marvel. With the Justice League project in shambles at the moment, and all the pressure falling on Man of Steel to keep DC’s comic properties afloat, it looks like Lobo has ended up on the shelf.

According to the Rock, it might stay there permanently:

"It was for a minute, but then it kind of just went away. As things happen in Hollywood sometime. For a minute I was interested in it (Lobo), then it went away."

The character of Lobo has bounced around the DC canon since the 1980s, but was typically portrayed as an interstellar bounty hunter and mercenary. It’s a cool premise, but you have to worry it’d turn out silly on screen, given DC's spotty track record. Especially if the Rock couldn’t pull off the hardboiled snark required for the role.

Are you glad to hear this one has gotten stuck in development hell, or do you hope it’ll eventually make it to the big screen?

(Comic Book Movie via MTV)