Shazam

Sept. 03, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

Dwayne Johnson set for supervillain turn in ‘Shazam’ movie

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. “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014 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 […]
May 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.

Geoff Johns heads to ‘Trinity War,’ bids farewell to ‘Green Lantern’

Pandora is on her knees at the center of artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado's triple cover for "Justice League" No. 22, "Justice League of America" No. 6 and "Justice League Dark" No. 22 as members of the three teams clash around her. (DC Comics)
For a man about to start a war, Geoff Johns seems calm. Upbeat, even. Upstairs from Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood in an office lunchroom ahead of a signing for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, DC Comics’ chief creative officer, sporting just-tearing-at-the-knee jeans, a red plaid shirt and a weathered Aquaman baseball cap, occasionally pets his bulldog while discussing the summer event he and collaborator Jeff Lemire are scripting in their respective “Justice League” and “Justice League Dark” titles, and together in “Justice League of America.” (You can see a larger version of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s triptych cover for the first issues here.) “Trinity War,” which unfolds in six parts across those three series’ July and August releases, with tie-ins including “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1 (written by Ray Fawkes), is DC Comics’ biggest event since launching […]
April 09, 2013 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Shazam!’ Remembering when superheroes weren’t quite so cool

Michael Gray as Billy Batson, left, with Jackson Bostwick, who played Captain Marvel in the original incarnation of the "Shazam!" television series, appearing as Batson's superhero alter ego for the first 17 episodes of the series (1974-75). (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
PERSPECTIVE When the CW’s breakout hit series “Arrow” returns with new episodes on April 24, viewers can expect more soapy drama mixed with dark action thrills involving Stephen Amell as the handsome playboy-turned-vigilante Oliver Queen. Though the series makes plenty of concessions for non-comic book readers (an emphasis on Queen’s dating life, for instance), there’s still plenty of comic book history on display. Characters and concepts from Green Arrow’s 70 years of history pop up, but grounded in a gritty, realistic style (a la Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman universe). The success of “Arrow” and its accessible take on comic canon is a reminder of how far we’ve come with superheroes on television from the days when TV producers seemed to try as hard as they could to make superheroes non-super. Consider, if you will, “Shazam!” In 1939, Bill Parker […]
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