In a move of sparkling common sense, Warner Bros has decided that they should really make the most of having Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has been committed to playing Black Adam since 2008.
Deadline reports that Johnson will not only appear as the villain in the Shazam movie, but will also get a solo Black Adam film. Their report says that the character “proved vibrant enough to become its own film,” but we think we all know that Johnson’s participation probably helped that decision to make the most of Black Adam. We all love The Rock, we can just admit it.
Originally, Johnson was only down to appear in Shazam!, “the tale of a teen boy who can transform himself into a superhero by speaking the word ‘Shazam!'” but it’s been agreed that Shazam’s arch-nemesis should really get a film of his own.
THR notes that this decision was clarified at that recent meeting between Johnson and DC heads, where he teased “Hope, optimism & FUN. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life.”
Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe. #KneelAtHisFeet #OrGetCrushedByHisBoot #BlackAdam⚡️
There’s no director or writer attached to the Black Adam solo movie at the moment, and it’s unclear when they’ll find time to fit this into Johnson’s incredibly busy schedule. In addition to all the film’s he’s got coming out this year (Fast & Furious 8, Jumanji, Baywatch), he’s got Rampage lined up for next year and he’s attached to Doc Savage, San Andreas 2, Big Trouble In Little China, and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth 3. And Shazam!, for 2019.
Which is a lot, even for a man of his incredible work ethic. Still, we reckon he can handle it.
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