Clearly hoping to catch lightning in a bottle following confirmation from Dwayne Johnson that he'll play Black Adam in the Shazam movie, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have revealed the classic supervillain/antihero will be a playable character in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
"Can you smell what Black Adam is cooking?" reads the message accompanying the above image from the game's official Twitter account.
Arriving Nov. 3o, LEGO Batman 3 takes the Dark Knight, well, beyond Gotham, as he joins with other DC Comics heroes and villains in outer space to top Brainiac from destroying Earth. The game will feature more than 150 playable characters, including Black Adam and his nemesis Shazam.
"We really wanted to make sure every character felt as it should," director Arthur Parsons said during a press roundtable at Comic-Con International. "We have Billy Batson in the game. At any point in the game, you can press a button, he'll shout 'Shazam!' and he'll turn into Shazam. He can fly around, shoot lightning bolts, and you can turn back into Billy Batson and run around. We had Clark Kent in the last game, but we never had the instant transformation. This time around, you hold a button, a telephone box drops down, you run in and he runs out as Superman. It's bringing that sort of personality to the table. Each character has got abilities and powers. Plastic Man can double jump and he turns into a biplane. Press another button, and he turns into a hippity-hop. It's about personality ... When we're designing this stuff, we go to the team and we pitch it to them, and thankfully, they buy into it. They run with it."
Speaking of Shazam, the LEGO Batman 3 folks didn't hesitate to use Earth's Mightiest Mortal to tweak Johnson following his announcement:
— LEGO Batman (@LEGOBatmanGame) September 4, 2014