It was only a matter of time until the charismatic Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was snagged for a superhero role. We learned many months ago that Warner Bros. was the lucky studio to lock him in for their D.C. property "Shazam", playing his nemesis, Black Adam. While the film does not release until 2019, the excited actor recently talked about the upcoming picture.
While the film is still without a director, which they have plenty of time to fill, a screenplay is intact and was written by Bill Birch. Don't worry if his name doesn't ring a bell, as this will be Birch's first writing credit and has been mostly known for acting in some TV shows.
On the direction of the character, Johnson said, "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."
The tragedy Johnson is referring to is when Shazam, who gives Adam his powers, banishes him to a far away part of the universe after finding out he's been using his powers for evil. It could be fun watching Adam try to clear his name and get back in the good graces of his people, certainly painting this baddie with more depth than the usual antagonist.
Taking points from Marvel's shared cinematic universe, it has also been confined that "Shazam" will be a part of D.C.'s shared one. We asked them to get aggressive with their amazing characters and it appears WB has finally answered our plea.
Johnson seems extremely excited about this shared universe, stating that, "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 humor."
Since it's still several years away, it's likely that we won't hear many updates on this front for a while. But it will be fun to see how this one starts pulling together, who else will star in it and what director will step up to the challenge.
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