Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been teasing a DC comics movie role for months, and it's been safe to say that the movie he's involved with is Shazam. A few weeks ago he confirmed a DC comics role, but didn't say exactly who he would be playing. In a recent interview with the Spanish-language site La Nacion the actor confirmed that he was indeed involved with the Shazam film, but he wouldn't confirm if he would be playing the hero or the villain Black Adam, but it's clear that he's playing one of the two roles. He's still keeping that aspect of everything a mystery, but this is what he said (translated with Google Translate),
"It's the interpretation of a character from DC Comics. It's the story of Shazam, but I can't say if I'm playing Shazam or Black Adam...In this case in particular, I believe we will do [the part] justice. I'm putting my heart and soul into this role."
This isn't the first time that Johnson has been linked to the Black Adam character. Back in 2006 director Peter Segal brought on Dwayne Johnson to play the character in a feature he was developing that never happened. That was eight years ago, though, and a lot of things have changed since then. He also said that an official announcement will come soon, and that the two characters he has always wanted to play are Green Lantern and Black Adam. He then teased his potential involvement with Justice League, saying:
"Now is happening with Superman and Batman. Aquaman and Wonder Woman come. I'm excited and I know fans are also excited. DC and Warner Bros. have great mythology that we will respect, we will create something very cool and good foundation."
I don't know if that means that Shazam will be a part of the Justice League, but if nothing else, it sounds like he will be connected to the universe that Warner Bros. is building.
Shazam is the secret identity of Billy Batson, a young boy who can turn into his superhero alter ego just by saying his name. As for Black Adam, he is Shazam's arch enemy, but he has also been imagined as a corrupted antihero.
Johnson would be an interesting pick for either role, but I think he fits the Black Adam character a little bit better. We'll keep you updated and let you know how this all turns out. Which of the two characters would you like to see Johnson play?