Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is officially locked in as Black Adam for the upcoming Shazam movie, even more details are starting to come out. While it’s interesting that we’re finding out who will be playing the villain in a movie before we even find out who the hero will be and that this will be the first DC/Warner Bros. movie that doesn’t center on one of the main Justice Leaguers, like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman, that’s not all that is unique about this movie, as New Line president Toby Emmerich revealed today.
After the big news, Entertainment Weekly reached out to Emmerich to get some more information about the project. Though he, understandably, can’t reveal too much just yet, Emmerich did want to make clear that Shazam will be a bit different sort of superhero movie than what we’re used to seeing.
“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.”
It only makes sense that Shazam will have a bit more humor than most of the DC Cinematic Universe, as in the comics the titular Shazam is the alter ego of a child named Billy Batson. It’s only when he says the magic word, “Shazam!” that he’s transformed into the powerful, magical being Shazam.
Black Adam, which Johnson will play, is Shazam’s enemy, even while having a very similar origin. In the comics, Adam is an ancient Egyptian imbued with the same powers that Billy later gets and uses them to protect his homeland, before being corrupted by the powers and later fighting his way to the present to combat Shazam. Seriously, guys, that’s just how comics work.
Just how much of this backstory they’ll keep in the movie remains to be seen, but Emmerich assures readers that Black Adam will remain complex, as he’s sometimes depicted as a misguided hero, in his own way. “Black Adam is a complex character,” says Emmerich. “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.”
The fact that Emmerich is assuring us that the movie will have humor and fun is a very, very good thing. Shazam has always been one of the more optimistic and goofy characters in DC comics, largely because he’s ultimately a 10 year old inside. We’ve already seen what a super dark Superman movie looks like and what a dark Batman movie looks like, so it’ll be refreshing to see what something a little more humorous and light looks like from DC/Warner Bros.
Just how do you think the humor will fit in with the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe? And who’s your pick for Shazam?
Source: Entertainment Weekly