Lobo is the only DC movie Dave Bautista is really interested in: I’d get all of this over with
If Dave Bautista could play a superhero in the DCEU, he would be most interested in playing the role of Lobo. As it is now, Bautista is best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, which starred in the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers films. He has yet to make his way to the DCEU but given the huge interest from Bautista and his fans, it really seems like just a matter of time.
Oddly enough, Bautista could have starred in a DCEU movie this year if he hadn’t had the desire to be in a zombie movie. In May, Bautista will appear in Zack Snyder’s zombie film Army of the Dead on Netflix. Taking on the role meant turning down the chance to reunite with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for The Suicide Squad, though it’s not clear which character he would have played. Also, Bautista remains the door open to take on yet another potential superhero role for DC and Warner Bros.
During a recent interview at Justice Con, Dave Bautista was asked by a fan which DC character he would like to play. Initially, the name Bane drops Bane as a potential supervillain he would love to play, despite having been put on the record multiple times in the past when he said he was open to playing the Batman opponent. Bautista then went ahead and named Lobo as the character he would be particularly interested in. From the interview:
“I would really look at Lobo. I would be really interested. I would get all this over with.”
Lobo first appeared in DC Comics in 1983 and was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. The character is traditionally depicted as an alien born on the planet Czarnia who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. He was originally introduced to satirize the gritty superheroes of Marvel Comics like Wolverine and The Punisher, but since it turned out to be accepted by DC fans, it wasn’t long before he became a comic book star himself.
Lobo has appeared in various DC animated programs, including Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Action, and Young Justice. A live-action version of the character appeared in the second season of the Superman prequel series Krypton, starring Emmett J. Scanlan. At the time, there were plans for Scanlan to star in his own Lobo spinoff series, but the show was suspended when Krypton was canceled.
Warner Bros. has plans to bring Lobo to the big screen for more than a decade. At one point, Guy Ritchie was hired to make a live-action Lobo movie before the project finally failed. In 2012, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he was in talks with the studio to possibly play the role of director Brad Peyton, though he would eventually walk away from the film to star in Black Adam. Michael Bay was reportedly in talks with Lobo a few years ago, but the project has been rolling around in development hell ever since.
Time will tell whether Lobo will finally appear in the DCEU. In the meantime, you can recapture Bautista as Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Marvel films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. 3. This news comes from Justice Con on YouTube.