Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson Confirmed As Villain For ‘Shazam’

Thu, September 4, 2014 11:13am EDT by 5 Comments
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson took to Twitter to confirm the casting news, saying it’ll be an ‘honor’ to play Black Adam in the superhero movie adaptation of ‘Shazam,’ on Sept. 4. Are YOU excited?

Dwayne Johnson, 42, will play Black Adam in New Line Cinema’s Shazam movie, the actor confirmed on Twitter on Sept. 4. The superhero comic book film will be written by Darren Lemke, while Dwayne and Hiram Garcia will produce, according to HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Variety.

Dwayne Johnson As Black Adam: ‘Shazam’ Casting Confirmed On Twitter

The hunky actor, formerly known as “The Rock,” hasn’t been shy about teasing his potential involvement in the film in the past, so it’s no surprise that Dwayne announced the exciting news on Twitter as soon as it was official.

“We Love Dwayne and have had nothing but success with him over the years,” Toby Emmerich, the President and COO of New Line, told Variety. “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. You look at these comic book characters and they have this certain swag and charisma that Dwayne carries with him where ever he is so that’s why this always made sense.”

Shazam, whose alter ego is Billy Batson, is one of the most powerful superheroes in the comic book universe. When the young lad says “Shazam,” he transforms into a powerful superhero with the abilities of six mythological gods: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. (Notice the first letter in each of those names?)

Over the last several years, Shazam has regularly appeared in “Justice League of America” comics as well as Frank Miller’s “Batman” comics.

Dwayne’s character is more of an anti-hero/villain, so it’ll be nice to see the usual action hero change it up a bit.

‘Shazam': When To Expect The Movie In Theaters

As of right now, no production date has been set for Shazam. Once the script is written and delivered, however, DC is likely to move fast to get the film in theaters.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy with this casting news?

— Chris Rogers

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