Dwayne Johnson set for supervillain turn in ‘Shazam’ movie

Sept. 03, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock"): The Rock is 6-foot-4. His chest measures 54 inches. His bicep is nearly 2 feet around. Enough said. (Universal Pictures)

Dwayne Johnson, pictured here in “Fast & Furious 6,” is set to play Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” movie. (Universal Pictures)

Dwayne Johnson is preparing for a villainous turn.

The popular actor, who most recently appeared on screen in July’s “Hercules” for director Brett Ratner, will play Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” movie based on the famous DC Comics character.

Johnson also will produce the film, with Darren Lemke (“Jack the Giant Slayer”) set to write the script for the New Line project, which Warner Bros. will distribute.

Johnson confirmed his casting Wednesday on Twitter, putting to rest weeks of speculation over precisely which DC character he would portray on screen.

Early last month, Warner Bros. revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020; and June 19, 2020.

It’s possible the “Shazam” film could be among those.

Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck and made his debut in 1945; the character in the comics was given magical powers by an ancient council of wizards, though he quickly turned against them and was imprisoned for centuries.

Are you excited to see Johnson’s take on the character? What do you make of his casting?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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One Response to Dwayne Johnson set for supervillain turn in ‘Shazam’ movie

  1. Claus Talon says:

    Actually, I was hoping he'd be cast in a Marvel film as Namor. He'll probably fill the bill for Black Adam quite nicely though.

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