Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has hinted heavily in recent weeks that he'll be playing a part in a "Shazam" film from Warner Bros., and he's now dropped the ambiguity: He's set to play villain/antihero Black Adam. The star revealed the news via a tweet sent Wednesday, "Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics."
- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
Additionally, Variety reports that "Shrek Forever After" and "Jack the Giant Slayer" screenwriter Darren Lemke has been hired to write a "Shazam" script. Lemke's next work, "Goosebumps," is slated for release in 2015.
One of the most enduring antagonists in comic books, Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945. A "Shazam" film, based on the character formerly known as "Captain Marvel," has not yet been scheduled or officially announced by Warner Bros., but has long been reported to be part of the expansion of DC Comics-based live-action offerings. The next DC-based live-action feature film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," is scheduled for release on March 25, 2016.