Well, after months of speculation, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has just confirmed that not only will he be starring in WB/DC’s upcoming adaptation of Shazam, but has confirmed the role that he will be playing. Many people had assumed that The Rock would choose to take on the role of Shazam, the secret identity of Billy Batson. However, it appears that Johnson has decided to go a different route by joining the cast as supervillain and Shazam arch nemesis – Black Adam.
A bit earlier today, The Rock sent out the following tweet to his legion of followers:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
We are still waiting on studio confirmation but it appears that Johnson is on board and ready to join the DCU.
Shazam is the story of a 12 year old kid named Billy Batson who meets a wizard named Shazam, who passes on his magical abilities to Batson. The name “Shazam” is an acronym for the gods that donated some of their power to the wizard – the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. Any time Batson wants to invoke those powers and become the Superman-like superhero Shazam, he simply needs to say (you guessed it), Shazam! Many fans know the hero either from his comics or even the various attempts to bring him to the small screen going back as far as 1941, with the Adventures of Captain Marvel serials. The character’s name was later changed from Captain Marvel to Shazam for obvious reasons but the story remained the same.
The Rock has had people guessing as to his involvement with the DCU for quite some time. Last year, rumors that he would be joining as Lobo surfaced, and those rumors have continued to follow the actor. Earlier this year, after sending out a cryptic tweet stating that John Stewart (Green Lantern) would whoop Superman’s ass, many fans were hoping to see Johnson in the role of Green Lantern in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, WB is definitely using BvS as a launching point for their Justice League movie and the flick seems as if it may be pretty crowded with heroes. After this speculation died down a bit, another tweet from The Rock would set the internet on fire again, as he hinted his involvement in Shazam and even teased that he had his choice of playing the hero or the villain (or, as The Rock refers to Black Adam, the ‘anti-hero’). It is nice that fans now know exactly which shoes he will be filling in WB’s attempt at creating a shared superhero universe.
Johnson is the good guy in pretty much any movie he has starred in, so it is likely he wanted to explore a darker role to give himself a challenge. On the other hand, he may just feel like putting boots to ass as a very interesting, cool, and extremely powerful character. Either way, any movie that he joins is all the better for it, and audiences will likely go out in droves to see exactly what he can do as a big baddie.