The Rock Set To ‘Shazam!’ Into Theaters


Sorry, I had to do that. Couldn’t resist.

Much speculation has been made in the past months over what DC Comics role Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was going to accept for the upcoming expanded film universe. First, it was speculated that he was going to portray Shazam, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, for the upcoming movie. Then, it was rumored that he was going to portray his arch-enemy Black Adam instead. Now, it has officially been confirmed: Johnson will be portraying Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam film set for release sometime in 2016.

“We Love Dwayne and have had nothing but success with him over the years,” said Toby Emmerich, President and COO of New Line Picures. “When I look at Dwayne both off screen and on screen, he is such a larger than life character and it just made perfect sense to me that we put him in a DC comic movie.”

I personally am very excited for this bit of news. This news has been circling around of months with fans wondering which character Johnson was set to portray. While I think he would have done well portraying the character of Shazam, I think Black Adam is a much better choice for him. It’s a darker, more brooding and menacing role Johnson isn’t normally used to playing, and perhaps it will help him break out of the family-friendly roles he’s been more or less trapped in for a few years now.

“Young Billy Batson finds himself gifted with the power of the wizard Shazam to fight against the forces of evil. With the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury, he is the holder of the power of the hero Shazam.” – Description courtesy of iMDB

What do you guys think? Is Johnson right for the role, or would you have preferred him for the lead instead? Either way, sound off below to let me know what you think.

-David Dunn

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly, Variety

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