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. (more…)
Back in July when everybody still thought it was cute for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to tease his newest movies via Twitter, we read something about a new role with the tag “say the word.” He was still being coy about it and not really giving out much information, but the clues were there if you could spot them. Pretty much everybody spotted them and sites ran with whatever information they could find, which was little. We knew he would be in a new movie and we new he’d play a superhero and we knew it was a DC Comics property. With the semi-cryptic “say the word,” hint (the word being ‘Shazam’), guessing the answer to his puzzle was much easier than whatever Katee Sackoff thought she was doing in a similar situation. Now The Rock has come clean with the news: he’s in ‘Shazam.’ But in what role?
Update: More comments from Johnson have been added below, relating that he wanted to announce Shazam at Comic Con, and saying that he expects the official announcement to come soon.
There’s so much pressure on Warner Bros. to catch Marvel in the comic book movie industry that jockeying with them for release dates has lost its effect. Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for WB explains, “The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie.” Warner Bros. updated their DC Comics movie schedule this week, including dates that shoot all the way up to 2020. In a showing of superhuman confidence, the juggernaught film company listed nine as yet untitled projects. In a display of shaky insecurity, WB is still that little brother to Marvel Entertainment that’s always trying to catch up. But this move is more a sign of strength and less of a preoccupation with whatever Marvel is doing. Keep going for more, as we speculate about these mysterious movies. (more…)
Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.
For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies — Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.
It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: This story is an update from article posted on June 21st. Scroll down for UPDATE! (Above Image Courtesy of @RadioBastard)
With the recently hot topic of Marvelposting release dates of a plethora of future flicks, everybody forgets that Warner Brothers has 11 comic book movies also in development. Like that bald-headed stepchild its parents keep ditching at the mall, DC has a habit of getting lost in the Hollywood shuffle and struggles to get attention. Today, we got a new piece of news concerning Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his oft-reported plans of playing a superhero. No stranger to dropping hints, The Rock has a big mouth on Twitter and in interviews when it comes to donning tights on film. Problem is, he can almost never be trusted. But here he is again tossing clues like softballs about what seems like a done deal. (more…)
A week doesn’t go by without a wild rumor appearing about DC and Warner Bros.’ future movie plans. There’s already plenty of rumors claiming more characters than the titular two (+ Wondy) are appearing in Batman vs. Superman. So much so, it’s beginning to look a lot more like league of justice or something. Perhaps a gathering of super friends? Anyway, with the latest rumors suggesting the Green Lantern, John Stewart will be appearing played by Denzel Washington (!?!) and another saying it’ll be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wearing the green ring, it’s really just another week on the internet, isn’t it? (more…)
It looks like “The Great One” is working with WWE yet again– but not in the squared circle. Dwayne Johnson is reportedly negotiating to take the lead role in the WWE Studios-Hyde Park produced remake of The Fall Guy, with Charlie’s Angels director, McG being brought in to possibly helm the flick. While this announcement isn’t surprising for the former professional wrestler, it is the first time that he will be involved with WWE on a movie since Walking Tall.
There has been talk of bringing The Fall Guy to the big screen before, but with ’80s television shows being made into movies left and right, it looks more promising now than ever. The show, which starred Lee Majors and centered on his part-time stunt man, part-time bounty hunter character, seems like a perfect fit for the Fast & Furious 6 star, who’s spent his career being both a “stunt man” and an actor playing bounty hunter-type characters.
McG is as good a choice as any to direct, seeing as his directing debut was the Charlie’s Angels movies, which sucked, but that’s about as good as anyone has got with one of these film remakes of old television shows. At least it brought in some money, which is the overall goal; with Johnson being one of Hollywood’s biggest “bang for the buck” actors, it seems like an achievable feat. Since things are still in negotiations, and none of the other roles have been cast, it’ll probably be a while before we see- if we see- this movie. So, does anyone out there have interest in seeing this project come to life, or should it stay in the ’80s?
I think we all assumed that Dwayne Johnson would fill out any costume they gave him to play Hercules nicely, be it loincloth, or something more, shall we say, functional. And voila! As you’ll observe above, Johnson looks ready to kick butt and take names in a Grecian way for next summers swords-and-sandals epic, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt, and directed by Brett Ratner, will be in theaters July 25th, 2014.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is currently working on the set of his new Brett Ratner movie, Hercules and he’s keeping fans up to date on the latest goings-on through his Twitter feed. The latest is an on set picture,
Johnson mentions set designer Jean-Vincent Puzo (Lords of War, 10,000 BC) and how he’s digging the details. The movie is based on the Radical Comics graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars“ by Steve Moore with Cris Bolsin. The story is a revisionist look at the classic myth, set in a world where the supernatural does not exist.
Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann.
Hercules is scheduled to hit theater screens July 25th, 2014.
The long, long, wait is almost over for director Jon Chu‘s G.I.Joe: Retaliation. With just over a month to go there’s a new international trailer and television spot hitting the internet. There is plenty of action in these two pieces, and the more I’ve seen so far has wiped away any initial fears I had about Chu and his Step Up movie background.
Who didn’t have some serious doubts when that directors choice news first broke? That nagging voice in the back of my head only got stronger at the announcement of the year-long delay to convert the movie to 3D, or add more Channing Tatum if the Internet rumors were to be believed. Throw in Chu’s background in hip hop dance movies (Step Up 3D, Step Up 2, Justin Bieber:Never Say Never) and this G.I.Joe fan-boy was pretty damn nervous.
Then the trailers and clips started hitting the Internet and I slowly started to got excited; opening day at the movies kind of excited. This movie has a great cast, (Love me some Ray parks and Ray Stevenson – 13!!!! – Rome fans will know what I’m talking about.) Throw in The Rock, some Bruce Willis and some sexy ninja ladies and you’ve got some real movie magic happening.
What do you think, will this movie crush it at the box office? Those toys have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Can this movie rekindle that toy selling spark?
G.I.Joe: Retaliation blasts its way onto theater screens March 27th and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and D.J. Cotrona.
The International TV spot:
A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2012.
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