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Sure, you’ve got your Steampunk Sarah Palin and your Obama Meets Spider-Man comics, but Arnold Schwarzenegger played Conan before he hit the political arena, so it’s not too surprising that he’s working on becoming a comics character.
Now that his gig as governor of California is over, Schwarzenegger has been hinting broadly that he would like to return to movies. Actually, he didn’t just hint it, he tweeted it, although in an interview with Moviefone he allowed that a change of genre would be in order:
“Extreme fighting and shooting isn’t possible for me anymore,” the actor says. “In the future I’ll need to pick my roles according to my age. Clint Eastwood did it the same way….”
Comics, of course, present no such limitations. On Sunday, Schwarzenegger made an appearance at The Arnold Seminar (don’t ask), and an alert reporter from the fansite TheArnoldFans asked about reports that he was currently reviewing three scripts. Schwarzenegger’s reply:
“Well, first of all it’s more like 15 films, obvious ones from The Terminator to remakes of Predator and The Running Man and all of those things. Then also a lot of original stuff too. But I am also packaging a Comic Book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime by the end of March or the beginning of April.”
Of course, the advantage to being a comic character is that he doesn’t have to worry about throwing his back out, and in addition to his Conan gig, he starred in a Bluewater bio-comic, so he has some experience in this regard. Ideally, the new comic will be a blend of the two, with the Governator both kicking ass and balancing the budget.