Dwayne Johnson Chooses to Play Black Adam in DC Comics' 'Shazam'
Just a couple weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he was having trouble deciding what role he wanted to take in the DC Comics adaptation of Shazam set up at Warner Bros. He was either going to take the title superhero role or the villainous anti-hero role of Black Adam, a role that he was linked to as far back as 2007. Now the Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe action franchise star has made his choice clear with the reveal on Twitter pointing to Black Adam. In addition, Variety has confirmed the news and adds that Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer) has been hired to write the film, but there's no director yet.
Here's what Dwayne Johnson posted on Twitter, confirming his role choice in Shazam:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
For those who don't know, Black Adam isn't too disimilar from Shazam (aka Captain Marvel, which can be confusing) in that when he says the magic word "Shazam," he gets powers derived from ancient Egyptian gods including superhuman amounts of stamina, swiftness, strength, wisdom, power and courage. What's cool about Black Adam is his morally ambiguous nature keeping him between the lines of heroism and villainy. As a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains at different times, so he could really be a great presence in the DC Comics cinematic universe.
However, as of now, it's not clear when we'll see Johnson attain these powers. G.I. Joe 3 is likely next on the docket for the actor since it's slated for release sometime in 2016. But since Warner Bros. has staked out plenty of release dates for DC Comics films through 2020, it shouldn't be too hard to find a place for Shazam to hit the big screen. The question is whether or not he will have more direct ties to Justice League or be more of a standalone franchise for DC Comics. We're hoping for the former, but that all depends on how Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice turns out. Sound good?