After months and months of speculation, we finally learned last year that Dwayne Johnson will be joining the DC universe as Black Adam in the Shazam film. Since then, the actor and the studio have been relatively quiet on the subject, but with Johnson making the promotional rounds for Furious 7 and San Andreas, we’re finally getting a little insight into what to expect from the upcoming adaptation.
In an interview with Total Film (via Games Radar) Johnson offered his thoughts on how the film will approach the character of Black Adam, pointing out that he grows into the anti-hero. There’s no doubt that Johnson has the charisma to pull off a likable antagonist.
I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero…It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.
In case there was any doubt (there wasn’t), Shazam and Black Adam will be a part of an interconnected DC universe, meaning that we could see either character battle or team up with Henry Cavill‘s Superman or Ben Affleck‘s Batman at any point. What’s most interesting though, is that he points out they have the freedom to interject “winking humor” into the film. The recent DC movies tend to lean towards the dour, so a little humor could might be just the ticket to establish a unique and individual tone for the Shazam film.
It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humour.
Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) is currently writing the script for Shazam. The film is set to open in theaters April 5, 2019.