Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star as Black Adam in Shazam!


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has enjoyed success after success following his departure from the WWE in the early 2000s, having starred in movies such as Fast and the Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and most recently, Hercules. The former WWE Champion is the 2nd highest earning actor of 2014 so far, falling only behind Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr, and it now looks like it is now Rock’s turn to be the comic book character. Johnson’s newly announced film role is as the villain Black Adam, of long running comic Shazam, formerly Captain Marvel.

The Rock confirmed his role via Twitter and the news spread like wildfire across the web. The film itself has been in development since the early 2000s, with Johnson having been rumoured to play the villain, even before his massive Hollywood success, beginning with his on-screen debut in The Mummy Returns. Now those rumours have become reality. After the success of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy, as well as last year’s Man of Steel, it seems that Warner Bros. will be releasing a darker, more serious line of films based on DC Comics franchises. What better way to continue their success, then, than by adapting comics that even outsold Superman at their peak?

Black Adam imaga courtesy of DC WikiBlack Adam was added to the Captain Marvel/Marvel Family series in 1945, and has made regular appearances ever since as the arch enemy of Shazam, taking his powers, in contrast to how Shazam takes them from mythological figures, from ancient Egyptian entities. However, like those of many comic book characters, Black Adam’s rich backstory has been rewritten time and time again as the decades have passed, especially in recent years. Since comic book films have been known to take a lot of liberties with characters and their origins, perhaps we could see something along the lines of the reinvention of Bane or Joker when Black Adam appears on screen. Whichever way you slice it though, Adam is a character that is full of charisma and violent energy, something that the former pro wrestler is not short of.

In recent years, the character Black Adam has become less of a pure villain and has been written as more of an anti-hero, but who knows what direction the film will go in when it hits our cinema screens in May 2016? Over his tenure in WWE, as well as throughout his film career, The Rock has been fantastic in both hero and villain roles, so whatever happens, we’re sure to have our eyes glued to the action. The film is set to be executive produced by Toby Emmerich, who said this in a recent interview: 

“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself: 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.

Comic-book films have been especially popular as of late, not just with releases from DC, but multiple releases from their comic-book arch-nemesis Marvel as well, although success has been varying from film to film. Let’s hope Shazam is more of a Dark Knight than a Batman & Robin.

Sources: Forbes | Sci Fi Wire | Sci Fi Now | Entertainment Weekly

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