After months of speculating which character he will play in a DC Comics movie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson finally confirmed on Twitter this morning that he will be playing Black Adam, the main villain, or potential anti-hero, in the upcoming Shazam movie.
This comes as no big surprise as Dwayne Johnson previously mentioned he was in contention to play either character, but he was never allowed to reveal whether he would play the villain or the hero Shazam, formerly known as Captain Marvel pre-New 52. The casting for the lead role has yet to be revealed, or casting could begin in the near future since Johnson may have had a choice between the two roles. No word on the presence of other Shazam supporting characters: Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Billy Batson.
Entertainment Weekly reached out to Toby Emmerich, the president of New Line, subsidiary of Warner Bros., to learn more about the upcoming Shazam movie, “It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” he explains. “It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”
Presently, Emmerich did not address any plot details, but when asked about the movie’s style: dark and gritty, versus uplifting and humorous, he said the movie, “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”
Lately over the past few years, including pre-New 52 era, Black Adam has developed an anti-hero status, if we are lucky enough Dwayne Johnson could be the Tom Hiddleston, aka Loki, of the DC movie universe. Hopefully, Dwayne Johnson’s casting and performance will generate enough hype for him to appear in other DC movies, could you imagine Dwayne Johnsons going head to head with Henry Cavill?
To learn more about who Black Adam is the Hollywood Reporter has provided a background summary of this popular DC character. Essentially, Black Adam is the evil counter-part of Shazam, while Shazam possess power derived from ancient heroes Black Adam’s powers come from ancient Egyptian gods.
There’s no official release date for Shazam, but the project has hired writer Darren Lemke (who previously worked on New Line’s Jack the Giant Slayer.) Johnson is starring in New Line’s earthquake thriller San Andreas next summer.