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Over the past few months, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has teased several times of his involvement in Warner Bros.’ new DC Cinematic Universe. Originally it was thought that maybe he would play the Green Lantern John Stewart, after a cryptic hashtag on an Instagram post.
In the past couple of weeks, though, we’ve seen Johnson narrow down his potential roles, as he said things regarding the character in question, such as; “…he’ll be able to throw down with Superman, just say the word.” This sentence, along with reports that WB and DC were planning a Shazam! movie, essentially confirmed that he would be playing one of either Shazam, formerly known as Captain Marvel, or, his nemesis, Black Adam.
Coincidentally, Johnson has been fan cast as Black Adam for years — just do a Google search and look at all of the photoshopped images — partly due to his uncanny resemblance to the villain, but also because of how well his acting style would fit into a comic book film.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. registered the domain ShazamMovie.com, and we all knew that it was only a matter of time until we learned which character The Rock would be portraying. Today, Variety and The Rock himself, made it official. Johnson took to Twitter and tweeted this message the picture below.
According to Variety the script will be written by David Lemke and produced by Hiram Garcia.
Something to note, Johnson’s hashtag “TheAntiHero” plays into how the character is currently being written in the comics. For Johnson to take this role, I feel that there needed to be something salvageable about the character and this makes complete sense. The Rock has a history of playing the “good guy” or the hero in most of his films, and this would certainly fit his modus operandi, and would also make for a more interesting story than if he were to just be a quintessential villain. I think it may be a bit of a more challenging role than what the Rock is used to, but I have full faith in his ability to pull it off and deliver one of the better performances in the early stages of the DCCU.
Shazam is set to be released at some point between 2016 and 2022, but most likely on the nearer end of the range, given that they have already begun casting. The next big question is obviously, who will be Shazam?