Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has finally confirmed his involvement with DC Comics and Warner Bros. on an upcoming movie about the superhero Shazam.
Dwayne Johnson has indicated his involvement with a future movie about DC Comics' 'Shazam'
In an interview with Spanish website La Nacion, Johnson said (according to the Google translation) “Interpret a character in DC Comics. It's the story of Shazam, but I cannot say now if (my role) is Shazam and Black Adam. We've been developing for some time and have been a fan of anti-heroes. And this particular I think that we will make justice. I'm putting my heart and soul into this role.”
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Back in March, Johnson confirmed that he was working with DC Entertainment on an untitled project, and has since dropped a series of more and more specific clues as to the content of the movie. At the end of July, he tweeted a picture of Superman, Shazam and Black Adam, suggesting that he would be playing one of the three comic book characters. But he hasn’t yet confirmed whether he’ll be playing a good guy or a baddie.
The character Shazam is the alter-ego of Billy Batson, a boy who can turn into his superhero identity just by saying his name – an acronym of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, his character has the combined strengths of all six. Black Adam is Shazam’s arch nemesis and, to be frank, Johnson would be suited to either role.
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Shazam was referred to by DC as ‘Captain Marvel’ until they re-launched him in 2011, when Marvel Studios prevented them from using the original name on the grounds of confusion with their own ‘Captain Marvel’ character (confusing, I know).
While the news provides another piece of the jigsaw of the Marvel universe, a release date has not yet been confirmed.