Dwayne Johnson lands the bad guy role in the upcoming Shazam movie, as Black Adam.
And that’s cool for fans of Johnson, as long as we don’t mind that he’s now part of the WB (no jokes) DC Cinematic Universe.
Who is Black Adam?
Black Adam is the polar opposite of Shazam (Also known as Captain Marvel in the old days of the comics, but Marvel nabbed that name). Where Shazam is red, Adam is usually adorned in black. But both have the gold lightning symbol on their chest.
And he’s the go-to bad guy of Shazam, much like Lex Luthor to Superman, the Joker to Batman, or The Mandarin is to Iron Man. (Barring Shane Black’s bs interpretation of the Mandarin.)
But that’s the classic character. Of late in the comic, he’s been trying to clear his bad name and is starting to hit the grey area of anti-hero.
And then there’s the rumor or concern that WB/DC have vowed to not have any humor in their movies. Boo… sometimes, that’s half the fun of a film, coming away with good memories of both the action and the humor. And Johnson has classic humorist moves.
Either way, this is what Dwayne Johnson had to say about it…
“Kneel before his feet or get crushed by his boot..”
This role has been years in the making. A true honor for me to become my favorite comic anti-hero of all time – BLACK ADAM.
Lets have some fun.”
I’m not knocking it, but I see that Johnson is properly drinking the Hollywood punch and calling Black Adam his favorite. You can’t blame them… they have to start hyping it up.
And it’s too bad that Marvel didn’t nab him up for something… I think he would have made an awesome LOBO.
Of note… no announcements have been made as to who is playing the good guy in the movie, Billy Batson/Shazam. Eh, details.
Hey! I just saw that I wrote about this development back in August! because Johnson tweeted a Shazam pic back then.
According to rumors, Nikke Finke had reported the following about a DC Cinematic Universe movie schedule….
• May 2016 – Batman v Superman
• July 2016 – Shazam
• Xmas 2016 – Sandman
• May 2017 – Justice League
• July 2017 – Wonder Woman
• Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
• May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
With Shazam seeing a mid-2016 release date.
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Speaking of Johnson, sometimes you can’t help but wonder about the other half of the fresh blood of huge, muscled stars… in this case, Vin Diesel.
At one point in time, Mr. Groot made a FB post saying “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman…”
And with that, some online communities are jumping at the idea that he’s also landed another role in the Marvel universe as one of the Inhumans themselves.
That connection was made because of a another quote he made at an earlier date, saying something to the effect that he was offered the part of Groot because he would not have to wait until 2017.
In 2017, Marvel has the following movies “slated” for release:
May 5 – Untitled Marvel Movie
July 28 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
November 3 – Untitled Marvel Movie
But then that would mean that he might be working on two films at once? This might be a moot point because “(HE) am Groot!”
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