Dwayne Johnson Confirms He Will Play Either Shazam or Black Adam in DC Comics Adaptation

     August 18, 2014

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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:

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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:

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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?

  • Will Guild

    Would love to actually see him play a villainous role like a Black Adam but him as Shazam would be a pretty amazing take due his ability to live up to a Super-Hero… If You Smell?!?!?What Shazam is cooking!!!! lol

  • Danny Mac

    Hes going to play both roles

    • ʝoe βloggs

      That’ll be the most fantastic double act casting!

  • Jack Dennis

    Who said it was coming out in July 2016?

    • Oliver Queen

      The leaked Nikki Finke DC film schedule, it’s not currently official but the release dates that DC announced which include August 2016 could mean that it’s correct and they just changed the date by a month.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        And Nikki Finke said it would all be announced at Comic-Con. I’m not exactly buying that “Leak” anymore.

      • Jack Dennis

        I doubt it. They have no writers,directors or cast.They don’t even know what character The Rock should play.Thats too close of a window.

      • anders

        ant man started filming yesterday, now that one’s a close window

  • Brandon

    Ugh. Shazam is such a terrible character. I like the rock, but I would have to pass on a shazam movie. Black adam would be great though.

    • Dark Knight of Steel

      Shazam is an awesome character with awesome origins and supporting characters, his story is perfect for a movie. IMO!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

    I vote for black Adam. I’ve seen him as a star hero far too many times. The only villainous role I can think of is from mummy as the scorpion king…one of his first roles. I’d like to see him return to the villain side and escape being stuck in similar roles that I see him in constantly. I like the look he would have as black Adam as well as I think he could presumably resemble the comic character very well.

  • Bob

    I would like him as Black Adam and really think he would do the role justice.

  • PresidentObama

    A Shazam movie? Umm, I think it’d be better watching a machine-gun firing racoon:(

  • World’s Finest Comments

    I don’t think there’s been confirmation about a July 2016 release date yet…

    • http://twitter.com/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Good point. Edited to clarify rumor status.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        They have a movie slated for *August 2016* which COULD be the “Shazam” movie. Most likely is if this pans out.

  • God’s Diamond

    Haku mashente!!!

  • Honest

    A Shazam movie?
    Give this man a dark Marvel hero not another

    Tooth Fairy movie.
    This is shit.

    • Pernell Whitaker

      Tooth Fairy was good. Bozo.

      • mattinacan

        yea that 18% on RT sure makes it sound good

  • Brian Parker

    It’s got to be Black Adam. Has to be!

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    “Warner Bros. has slated the Shazam movie for July 2016″
    -No they haven’t.

    • Pernell Whitaker

      Yes, they have.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        They have, actually, not. The closest that gets to being true is if the August 2016 date that WB actually did announce is for the “Shazam” movie.
        Edited for clarity.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        You’re obviously not on the inside track. If you know what to look for, WB have already confirmed it on a massive neon lit sign.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        You are right. I am NOT on the inside track. But they DID announce their upcoming release dates and none of them are in July of 2016, so… I don’t think I have to be.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Yes sorry you are right. It’s not like studios ever change release dates…..

  • GRIM

    Jon Hamm Vs The Rock would be pretty good.

    • cb

      Didn’t think about it, but yeah . . . . only problem is, if Hamm tried acting like a kid in a grown-up’s body, he might come across a little . . . . . special.

  • LEM

    I don’t think even The Rock can help DC/WB.

    • cb


      • LEM

        Well done sir.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        G. Love reference. Awesome!

  • nedthened

    DC Wins.

  • Vulcan

    Why? Is there really a demand for a Shazam! movie? I like The Rock, but no. I think he would be a better Namor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

      I vote for the star of “the raid” to be namor in a marvel movie. He has a pacific islander look to him which I feel would work. He is extremly fast fighting style, which if you were used to fighting and training under the ocean in the deepness, when you hit land, you’d be extremely strong and fast. Namor is not big like rock. Wouldn’t want to see namor be 2 times the size of Thor…

      • logan

        Can the star of The Raid even speak English?

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        Iko uwais can speak English. I watched n interview for the raid, no English. The raid 2. Speaking English now. Very thick accent. Which I personally feel would fit as well. Namor does rule a whole seperate nation. Not just from america, but from every place on earth. Until he presents himself, we dont even know of his existence. Also by the time it goes into production, he could probably clear up his dialogue considerably. I personally would love him to come over to american films, and where better to start than an awesome marvel movie role.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I think he’d be an awesome Black Adam. Super hero movies have a habit of killing the villains more often than not, so if he was Black Adam they’d have to make sure he survives the movie.

    I hope they don’t go too light on this movie. I get that Shazam is a kid who transforms, but if they make it a kid’s movie then they are seriously doing the film an injustice. Kids went to The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy and those didn’t look like a Disney Channel Original Movie, so hopefully they don’t misfire on this.

    • the king of comedy

      I don`t think they will make it a kids movie, of course a movie kids can enjoy but overall DC is determined to make its cinematic universe darker and more tragic.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    Read the 5 Issue Black Adam mini-series and you’ll see that it is totally up the Rock’s alley. Black Adam is literally the most BA villain in comics – he’s like Superman with no morals or ethics or hesitation. So formidable, and the Rock is nothing if not formidable!

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I hope it’s Black Adam. It would be awesome to see the Rock and Cavill go toe to toe in a future film as the Rock is a larger than life person.

    • Tom

      I doubt that will ever happen. They need to keep Shazam! as far away from Justice League as possible.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        If done correctly it could be a fresh approach to the superhero staple.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        Why would that be needed? Shazam looks up to superman as an idol…and especially if they go more alon the lines of the new 52 or the resent DC animated justice league film, he is actually a member.

  • eternalozzie

    dumbest … comic book characters … ever

  • vpuik

    Does every dc character have villain who is the same as the hero, just dresses in dark color outfit?

    • Tom

      Yes, because out side of Batman, DC is pretty unimaginative when it comes to villains. Why do you think most of the villains on Arrow are Batman villains?

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      How is Lex Luther anything close to Superman? Or Brainiac, Metallo, etc.?

      • Tom

        Well Bizarro is the mirror image of Superman, which I think he is talking about. He’s not saying every DC villain is the exact same as the hero, but most of them do have villains that have the same powers and dress in dark outfits, which is true.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea that agrument could be made for almost every superhero – Marvel & DC – that each have a mirror villian. My argument is that it’s not limited to only DC.

  • Tom

    Just one more reason that DC doesn’t know what the fuck they are doing. On the list of DC heroes that people want to see, Shazam! is at the bottom.

    • Andrew Sanders

      …and with Dwayne(‘The Rock’)Johnson playing the character,consider it not even on the list!! Has epic fail written all over it!!

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Your face has epic fail written all over it, no offence.

        The Rock + DC = home run!

      • Andrew Sanders

        You prob think Scorpion King was awesome!
        I seriously question your arithmetic,…go back to school!

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        I hated him in that role/character/film. However, he is working to prove himself. Pain/gains was a good step. I feel he has definitely com along way from the past. I still don’t love the rock in many movies, but if he really pushes himself and takes it seriously,is love to see him as black Adam.

      • the king of comedy

        I didn`t like Scoprpion King but The Rock has become a more charismatic actor, and actually fun to watch, Shazam movie didn`t sound that interesting but now that The Rock is playing the character might become a favorite.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    He has the look for Black Adam, but his personality and charisma and charm make him perfect for Shazam. If they could swing Bautista for Black Adam we’d be good.

    • Kyle Chandler

      I agree. The rock could be a villain, but he is just too damned likable. Even if he is a villain, you’d still be rooting for him.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Exactly my point!! Not that rooting for Black Adam is a bad thing, but I’m saying! He’d have to be kept from smiling the entire movie cause as soon as he did, I’d be like aw man now how am I supposed to hate on that!

  • sense

    i think he’s going to be Black Adam

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  • Kyle Chandler

    I don’t like the fact that people fan-cast actors mostly due to their looks. I really don’t care if the person looks like the comic book character, as long as they capture what is so great about them (I think Michael B Jordan is going to be great as human torch, though he looks *considerably* different than he does in the comics. hopefully the movie doesn’t suck.)

    I think the Rock is just too damned likable at this point to be an effective villain. He has some acting chops, but he’s no heath ledger. Use that electric charisma and make him 1/2 of shazam. I think casting the kid will be way harder.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

      I love the director o the new f4. I love Michael b Jordan. Great actor so far. But I do not understanding that casting at all. Especially since his sister is white….and they are all youbd as shit….don’t know where they are going with that. I am a Louisiana based tattoo artist, and I’ve worked on several people envolved backstage and on set…each one has confirmed to me that at fleeting moments they’ve thought “this is going to be great” but then say the spend more time thinking ‘never mind, this is going to be horrible”. To all our sakes, I hope they are wrong

      • Kyle Chandler

        I mean, all they have to say is that one of them is adopted, or that they’re both mixed race. One line in the movie takes care of that. Super heroes should not just be played by blonde white guys.

        Really, I am more concerned with how young they all are, like you mentioned. THAT goes against the comic more than the race of any of the characters, in my opinion. Hopefully the chemistry is there between the actors, which could really save the film.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        I am one of the few people that doesn’t bitch about the race. I would be fine if they made invisible woman black as well. I’d even accept the mixed relationship of her with white Mr fantastic. But that’s the point I have m issue with. Why change them to 1/2 siblings/ adopted? The biggest point of f4 is that its a family team, unlike any others. Inv. Woman/human torch are siblings. Inv. Woman and Mr. Fantastic are in a relationship. And Mr fantastic and the thing are childhood best buddies. Why deviate from the main thing yht makes them unique?

      • Kyle Chandler

        I hear you, but I think the unique part is that the 4 of them resemble a family, which is ultimately more important than any of the individual relationships you mentioned.

        Part of me does wish that invisible woman was black, just so that people wouldn’t focus so much on the “are they not blood related?” aspect of it, which could be distracting if they don’t handle it well.

        I think that the FF should show that family is more than just the people you share DNA with.

        Course, all this is moot if the movie is crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        Agreed. Its a win win in my mind. Its awesome=cool. It sucks=maybe marvel will get the rights back….either way we win…unless it sucks, but fox refuses to give it up and pump out back to back sequels of something loathed by all.

  • mattinacan

    Please Black Adam, Shazam is so stupid

  • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

    I love Shazam (Captain Marvel)! I would love to see Johnson as Black Adam and Chris Pratt as Captain Marvel. I know he’s probably ironclad bound to Marvel, but he would be awesome for the role. I don’t know enough good kid actors to pick up Billy Batson’s role.

  • brNdon

    I think he should play Black Adam. he fits the more exotic look. They need to find someone else to play Captain Marvel. Someone who can play the the boy in a man’s body a bit better. The Rock would be a bit too silly.

  • appolox

    It’s about damn time the Rock plays a superhero.

    • Kyle Chandler

      I think shazam is a good fit! Basically Shazam is a child’s ideal version of how they would look as an adult and….yeah, the rock is pretty close.

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  • EB

    For what its worth, I 100% think he would be a perfect Captain Marvel. He would probably be a fine Black Adam, but he was born to be Shazzam.

  • theseeker7

    “I am absolutely, thoroughly, and whole heartedly dedicated to bringing this character to life on screen… well, whichever one I end up picking.”

    lol seriously?

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    I like him perfectly well as The Rock, but Johnson has never made an interesting movie and I can’t imagine him being watchable as either one.

    • Andrew Sanders

      Amen to that!

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