Jason Momoa entered the realm of DC as Aquaman, but it seems that the tides of change are upon us. The upcoming Aquaman sequel is poised to bring the SnyderVerse to a close, and under the guidance of James Gunn, Momoa may be taking on the role of Lobo instead in the DC universe. Here’s what we have gathered.
Momoa’s introduction to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) occurred in 2016’s “Batman v Superman,” where he made a brief appearance on Wonder Woman’s screen while she examined Lex Luthor’s encrypted files. Subsequently, he returned for “Josstice League” before headlining his own billion-dollar blockbuster with “Aquaman.” He also reprised his role in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.”
Interestingly, when Snyder first contacted him to join the franchise, Momoa initially believed he was being considered for a different character: Lobo, often referred to as the “Biggest Bastich of the Universe.”
So, who exactly is Lobo, and is it possible that we will witness Jason Momoa portraying this character in the new DCU overseen by James Gunn and Peter Safran? Well, it’s a possibility, but let’s delve into the details.
Who is Lobo in DC Universe?
Lobo is an interstellar bounty hunter hailing from the idyllic world of Czarnia, often referred to as the Last Czarnian and dubbed with monikers such as “The Main Man.” Additionally, a rather ominous epithet is attached to him, claiming him to be the one “who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it.” The latter interpretation stems from a translation of his name in an ancient Khund dialect.
He made his initial appearance in DC Comics in Omega Men #3 back in 1983, although his origin story underwent retconning and redevelopment. It was in 1990 when he resurfaced in “Lobo: The Last Czarnian,” his very own four-issue mini-series. This series essentially dispensed with earlier character elements and reimagined him as more of a satirical take on characters like Wolverine and The Punisher.
In the comic, he unabashedly states, “I killed every living thing on Czarnia for fun. I killed Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, and things that don’t even exist, and so help me, I tried to follow the triple-fold path of peace. I tried my best… but consider me a ruthless individual, even I have my limits.”
According to DC’s portrayal, Lobo traverses the cosmos on his “space cycle,” whimsically christened as “Spacehog.” His persona exhibits the quintessential traits one would associate with a biker belonging to a Hell’s Angels-style motorcycle gang on Earth. From his long, unruly hair and adorned tattoos down to his uncompromising “kill or be killed” demeanor, Lobo embodies the archetype of a spacefaring renegade.
Although he often teeters on the brink of anti-heroism, Lobo cannot be pigeonholed as a conventional villain. He has aligned himself with both the forces of good and evil, gravitating towards the party that offers him the most lucrative compensation or the promise of a bloodier, more brutal skirmish.
What Powers Does Lobo Have?
Lobo’s powers are wide-ranging and silly, counting but not restricted to interminability, superhuman quality and stamina, immunity (to the point he can live unaided within the vacuum of space), super-speed, ownership, and master combat and marksmanship.
He employments a sprinkling of weapons, but his signature weapon is his huge chained snare, which he employments to skewer adversaries, tie them up, and drag them behind this bicycle.
Jason Momoa Likely to Play Lobo In DC Universe
Back in 2016, Momoa shared his initial reactions when Zack Snyder initially approached him to portray Aquaman. He remarked, “There were a myriad of thoughts racing through my mind when he mentioned Aquaman.” He continued, “I was considering a character like Lobo… some sort of villain, and then he suggested Aquaman. I was left rather baffled and inquired for further clarification. Once he explained his rationale, I thought, ‘Wow, I’m in.'”
In a later conversation with BadTaste.it, he was asked which character he would like to see in Aquaman 2. He responded, “Lobo… yes, a villain. It’s an unconventional choice for Aquaman, especially with the blonde hair… but I can envision Lobo.”
The speculation surrounding Momoa potentially taking on the role of Lobo intensified after a recent social media post where he hinted at an exciting project in the works. He expressed, “This moment needs to be recorded… one of the most remarkable news, some of the greatest news of my life, has just transpired. I’m unable to divulge any details yet.” He enthusiastically added, “I can’t wait to share it with you, even though I’m not allowed to at this point… you know who you are… mwah, Maestro!”
Lobo, a character in the DC Universe, has gained a unique and enduring popularity due to his distinct personality and antiheroic nature. This article has delved into the backstory and characteristics of Lobo, shedding light on why he stands out in the DC Universe. As fans continue to embrace this intergalactic bounty hunter, it’s evident that Lobo’s presence is a testament to the diversity and depth of characters within the DC Universe.
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