COMIC REEL: Johnson Cast as "Shazam's" Black Adam; New "The Walking Dead" Photos


Dwayne Johnson has confirmed his role as Black Adam in the upcoming "Shazam" film. Rumors of Johnson's "Shazam" role had been rumored for months, and the announcement finally broke on Wednesday. Johnson revealed the news on Twitter.

"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7

- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014

According to Entertainment Weekly, New Line president Toby Emmerich heavily implied the film will stand on its own two feet.

"It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself," Emmerich told EW. "It's a DC comic, but it's not a Justice League character, and it's not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies."

The film has no official release date, and there's no word as to whether the "Shazam" film will fit into the assumed shared universe model of Zack Snyder's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." The script will be written by Darren Lemke, who previously scripted "Jack the Giant Slayer."


Speaking of "Batman V Superman," The New York Times spoke with Ben Affleck about his role in "Gone Girl," but snuck in a question about "Batman V Superman" at the very end -- with the actor characterizing "Argo" scribe Chris Terrio's script as "really unique to the genre and really smart." "I'm having a blast," he said.

Opens March 25, 2016


AMC is starting to roll out a few advance photos of "The Walking Dead" season five. The Wrap has posted a new look at Carol with a shotgun, while The Hollywood Reporter shows Abraham locked down behind a wrecked car and Entertainment Weekly shows Daryl Dixon ready to strike.

Returns to AMC this Fall


"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn took to Instagram to share a photo of the Stan Lee cameo that hit the cutting room floor -- where the legendary creator is actually in the Collector's collection. Lee would go on to have a different cameo earlier in the film.

Now in theaters


Dominic Purcell has been cast as Mick Rory/Heat Wave on "The Flash." Purcell will appear in the same episode as fellow "Prison Break" alum Wentworth Miller, re-uniting the pair for the first time since the "Prison Break" series finale in 2009. "The Flash's" version of Heat Wave was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a pyromaniac who finds an outlet for his obsession with fire" when he teams up with Leonard Snart/Captain Cold.

Debuts October 7 on The CW


On the other side of The CW's DC Universe shows, the network has also released five new photos from the upcoming season premiere "The Calm," including a first look at Arsenal and the Arrow in the same photo.

Returns October 8 on The CW.


Comic Book Movie has posted a new TV spot for "Big Hero 6" featuring a dancing Baymax -- well, not actually dancing, but the clips are pretty cleverly edited to make it seem like he is.

Opens November 7

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