Dwayne Johnson often teases fans with hints of his ongoing talks with DC Comics to bring one of their characters to life. We are zeroing in on who exactly he will play, but Johnson makes it sound as though even he doesn’t know yet. According to USA Today, Johnson confirmed he will join a DC Comics adaptation but has not decided between hero Shazam and villain Black Adam. Whichever role he takes on, Johnson promised, “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role.”
Warner Bros. was rumored to have tentatively scheduled a Shazam movie for 2016—shortly after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—so all may be revealed soon enough. More on Shazam and Black Adam after the break.
Here’s the official bio for Shazam:
SHAZAM! Two syllables famous for magically turning a boy into a superpowered adult.
Unlike most foster children, Billy Batson couldn’t care less about finding a family. He just wants to turn eighteen and finally become an adult. While the boy’s compassionate and kind, he’s gotten used to protecting himself by staying emotionally distant from everybody. But that changes when he meets an ancient wizard who introduces him to one very powerful word.
Just by saying SHAZAM!, Billy is transformed into a magical flying adult superhero, one with the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. But gaining the power of the gods means inheriting their enemies too. With the abilities of the world’s mightiest mortal, Billy will have to struggle with magical threats as well as his own youthful naïveté. To truly tap into his power, this orphan who’s always kept people at arm’s length will have to learn what family really is. [DC]
Here’s the official bio for Black Adam:
Long ago, the council of wizards—powerful beings that held dominion over all magic in the world—chose the warrior Black Adam as their champion, granting him vast magical powers and abilities. However, that power only further skewed Adam’s already maligned moral compass, and rather than use his newfound gifts to help others, he used it to dominate them.
Adam turned against the wizards and after a brutal battle was imprisoned for thousands of years. But now he is free once more, and his insatiable quest to conquer the world, to control all magic, continues. The only thing that stands in his way is Shazam!, the new champion of magic—and Black Adam will do anything in his power to destroy him and assert his position as the true ruler of the world.
Driven by a need to rule, incredibly arrogant and one of the most powerful beings on the planet, Black Adam lives by a simple creed: kneel at his feet or be crushed by his boot. [DC]
Which would you rather see Johnson play?