We’ve been talking about Dwayne Johnson and the Shazam movie for a while now, but this morning, it became official; Johnson will portray Black Adam in the film. Now that the news is out, New Line president Toby Emmerich is talking about the project and teasing its unique tone.
There are rumors floating around that Warner Bros. has tentatively scheduled Shazam for a 2016 release, just after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and if that really is the case, they’ll probably get moving on this soon enough. Hit the jump for more on what Emmerich said about the project.
New Line is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and will be producing the film, so shortly after word got out that Johnson would be taking the role of Black Adam, EW hopped on the phone with Emmerich who told them:
“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself. It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”
Emmerich added that the movie will have some fun and humor to it, but also stressed the importance of having stakes that feel real. Of course, Emmerich didn’t divulge any information on the plot of the film and also didn’t hint at any actors in the running for the hero role, that of Shazam, but he did dub Black Adam an antihero and further explained:
“Black Adam is a complex character. The villain in superhero movies is often, I think, what makes the movie. And I thought Dwayne’s take on the character, and the way that he saw Black Adam, was really compelling and fun.”
Jack the Giant Slayer and Goosebumps scribe Darren Lemke is set to pen the film. Once his script is in, I’d like to bet they’ll move pretty fast with this one.