The 42-year-old actor announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will play the anti-hero, writing, ‘(it is) my honor to become Black Adam.’ Variety reports that New Line Cinema has commissioned a script for the film for Johnson to headline.
BY KIRTHANA RAMISETTI Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 2:15 PM
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson (l.) has signed on to play comic book character Black Adam on the big screen.
Dwayne Johnson has finally decided between good and evil.
The wrestler-turned-actor tweeted Wednesday that he has decided to take on the role of Black Adam in a forthcoming “Shazam” movie.
Black Adam is the arch-nemesis of Shazam, aka Captain Marvel, who shouts “Shazam!” before becoming endowed with Superman-like abilities.
“‘Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.’ My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics,” he wrote, along with a photo of the two comic characters duking it out.
Variety reports that New Line Cinema has commissioned a script for the superhero flick, and that Johnson’s character will be less of a villain and “more of an anti-hero trying to clear his name.”
Johnson hinted at his preference for Black Adam in a recent interview with The Associated Press, mentioning that the character, a former slave turned defender of a Middle Eastern nation, was one of his favorite comic characters.
“I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role,” Johnson told the AP last month while promoting his film “Hercules.”
Even though the 42-year-old has confirmed which role he’ll play, there’s no word yet if he’ll also appear in Warner Bros. slate of DC Comics’ films, including “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” due out March 2016, and a “Justice League” team-up flick.
Johnson is just the latest high-profile actor to take on a superhero role in the DC universe.
“Batman v. Superman” stars Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. “Game of Thrones” actor Jason Momoa has also signed on to play Aquaman in big-screen adaptations of the DC Comics universe, while Ray Fisher will play Cyborg.
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However, the question of which role he will play is still up for debate. During a news conference in Mexico City to promote “Hercules,” Johnson told AP that he has not decided whether to portray hero Shazam or his enemy, Black Adam. He added that his favorite DC Comics character is Black Adam.
“I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role,” Johnson said.
Warner Bros. had no comment about the AP report and Johnson’s reps did not return requests for comment. However, Johnson dropped a couple of hints last month about the film.
“There’s a character out there that we’re gonna announce very soon that I’m gonna play, and I’ll just say this — it’s the power of Superman,” Johnson told Total Film magazine. “This character has the power of Superman, he can throw down — just say the word, that’s all I’m gonna say.”
A few days later, Johnson tweeted a drawing of Shazam, Black Adam and Superman.
On Aug. 6, Warner Bros. set the dates for nine superhero movies based on DC characters. The first film will be “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” out March 25, 2016.
The Shazam character originated in 1939 in a story about a boy named Billy Batson who acquires the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury by saying the word “Shazam.”
“Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby girl, Simone. #NoLoveLikeAFathersLove #AlwaysDaddysGirl #GotYourBack4Life #ThankGodUGotUrMamasBrains”
Happy belatated birthday to Simone Johnson…it’s amazing how time flies. :)
“Takin’ mama home. Banged up, but she’s a tough one and will make a full recovery. Grateful to see her smile. And thank you guys for all the prayers, love and well wishes. #GratitudeAndBearHugs #ChoicesMatter #100PercentPreventable #DontDrinkAndDrive”
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The driver of the other car was allegedly drunk and, according to Tmz.com, she also ran a red light after a police officer attempted a traffic stop. The officer gave chase, and minutes later the woman collided with Johnson’s family’s car.
The actor’s relatives were hospitalised, and the driver was treated for facial injuries. Police have not yet announced if she will be charged over the crash.