Despite saying just two weeks ago that he couldn’t decide between playing the titular Shazam or his arch-enemy Black Adam, actor Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter today to announce that he will be playing Black Adam in the upcoming film. No further details are known about the film however, including writer, director, or a release date, but check back here for more on the film as we learn it.
Originally Teth-Adam of Kahndaq, the character first appeared in Marvel Family #1 in 1945 and has gone on to be both a villain and an anti-hero throughout his history. The character has powers comparable to that of Shazam, including flight, strength, agility, lightning manipulation, as well as magic.
Johnson has been in talks to star in a DC film for many years at this point, and earlier this year hinted that Black Adam was one of his favorite characters. A rumor back in June pointed toward a Shazam film opening in 2016 along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and though there is a DC-based film set for release August 5 of that year, it hasn’t been confirmed as being Shazam.
“Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics http://pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
Updated: Additionally, Variety reports that "Shrek Forever After" and "Jack the Giant Slayer" screenwriter Darren Lemke has been hired to write a "Shazam" script. Lemke's next work, "Goosebumps," is slated for release in 2015.
Earlier today, Dwayne Johnson finally revealed that he will be stepping into the role of Black Adam for the upcoming Shazam movie, and now Entertainment Weekly has revealed a number of new tidbits about the production, including that Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema will produce the film and that screenwriter Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer, Turbo) will draft the upcoming film.
“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” New Line president Toby Emmerich told the outlet. “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 went on to clarify about the film’s tone, adding it “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”
He was also asked about Johnson’s role of Black Adam in the film, which he says 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.”
No official release date has been set for the film yet, but a rumor back in June pointed toward a Shazam film opening in 2016 along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.