Will The Rock Play Shazam?

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Will The Rock Play Shazam?

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Has the action star and WWE Legend revealed which DC Comics superhero he'll bring to the big screen?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has taken an unusual path through action stardom of recent, in spite of his obvious box-office power. Apart from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he's avoided grabbing up the licensed characters and superheroes that dominate the schedules of other Hollywood tough guys, instead taking up original characters often in supporting roles in existing franchises. But that may be about to change.

In a video interview with TotalFilm, Johnson plays it coy (but honest) about his long-running and (apparently) complex dealings with Warner Bros over which DC Comics hero he might play; but does tease the impending announcement of a character who has "the power of Superman" and "can throw down" before ending on a grin with "say the word" - which to many fans should feel like an all-but-certain signal that he's talking about the original Captain Marvel, aka Shazam.

Originally created in 1939 by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker for Fawcett Comics, Captain Marvel began as a Superman-like figure differentiated by his unique origin story and secret identity. The "Captain" was actually a 12 year-old orphan named Billy Batson who, following an encounter with an ancient wizard, was granted the ability to transform (physically) into an adult-sized superhero by calling out the wizard's name, "SHAZAM!," an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Achilles, Zeus, Atlas and Mercury - ancient heroes whose powers and abilities he is imbued with.

In his day, Captain Marvel was the most popular comic-book superhero in the world - even more so than Superman - but ceased to be published in 1954 because of copyright infringement lawsuits from DC Comics and the general lack of interest in superheroes in the decade. With the character no longer in use, Marvel Comics created an unrelated Captain Marvel of their own, leading to an long-running situation whereby DC Comics (which acquired the defunct Fawcett in the interim) can publish stories featuring the original but cannot use his name in any advertising, covers or promotional material. To help manage this, Billy Batson has referred to his superhero-form as, simply, Shazam as of the 2011 "New 52" DC Universe reboot.

Editor's note: The announcement will come this week during Comic-Con, and The Escapist will have a full compliment on the scene in San Diego. Be sure and keep your eyes locked to our Comics and Cosplay and Movies and TV channels for all the news from the convention as soon as it breaks.

Source: TotalFilm

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Awww, I was still holding out hope that he would be cast as Shadow in American Gods. I mean, I knew it wasn't likely, but now it seems outright impossible.

Another day, another weird DC casting choice.

I'd say they should make him Guy Gardner.

I think Johnson has teased every member of the Justice League, including Wonder Woman, at this point.

Not that I'd complain if he played "Shazam." He's so cartoony he's a perfect fit for a comic book character.

But a black (Well, half-black, half Samoan) Captain Marvel? Is the internet ready for that kind of explosion?

I think he's going to play SOMEONE in the Justice League. Who...eh, search me.

I feel that Shazam will mesh REALLY WELL into the current Justice League line up. Him, Gritty Man of Steel, Sad Batman. It'll be ace.

The Rock should be Black Adam, not Shazam.

If I was going to cast all the DC characters as actors there's no one else I would have cast.

Weird, I had completely forgotten about the character until I stumbled across a random clip of him in 'Young Justice' today and thought about how fun a character he seems to be.

Also, The Rock... i'm all for this.

Zachary Amaranth:
But a black (well, half-black, half Samoan) Captain Marvel? Is the internet ready for that kind of explosion?

I like to hope no one knows or cares enough about Captain Marvel to make a stink about it. Hell, my biggest complaint is he seems too old for the role, not too dark-skinned. Still, he's what happens when a wizard makes lightning; I really don't see why age, melanin level, or any of that stuff should prevent him from filling out a suit and saying things like, "Jeepers!"

EDIT: Hm, I wonder if Icon has a magic word or catchphrase or any of that. Seems really unlikely, not to mention a bit race-baitey, but I guess it's something to look up on Wikipedia.

LavaLampBamboo:
I feel that Shazam will mesh REALLY WELL into the current Justice League line up. Him, Gritty Man of Steel, Sad Batman. It'll be ace.

He'll probably be a split personality or a previous life reincarnated as a kid or some bollox.

Not to knock The Rock (who's a pretty good actor), this casting feels terrible to me. The tone of Shazam needs to be *just* right and quite frankly, I don't think WB has the chops to pull it off. With Billy Batson in the movie, I could see them going the family-friendly comedy route, which would basically mean The Rock playing a superhero version of his character from The Tooth Fairy. Or they could do what they do with every other movie and do a "grimdark" Shazam movie, which would suck regardless of who they cast.

JimB:

I like to hope no one knows or cares enough about Captain Marvel to make a stink about it. Hell, my biggest complaint is he seems too old for the role, not too dark-skinned. Still, he's what happens when a wizard makes lightning; I really don't see why age, melanin level, or any of that stuff should prevent him from filling out a suit and saying things like, "Jeepers!"

Probably shouldn't matter in all those other cases, either, though. That's sort of the problem.

I mean, I can see The Rock's age being an issue, but if Not-Matt-Damon can play Batman, I can let it slide.

PunkRex:
Weird, I had completely forgotten about the character until I stumbled across a random clip of him in 'Young Justice' today and thought about how fun a character he seems to be.

Oh God, I loved him in Young Justice. Buuuuut...

PunkRex:

He'll probably be a split personality or a previous life reincarnated as a kid or some bollox.

He'll be all dark and gritty. Superman orphaned him in Man of Steel, and now he's angry all the time.

Just make him Black Adam and be done with it.

Goodness, I hope not. He'd be better as Black Adam. But then, I thought that ten years ago, too.

Pity they changed the name of the character. At least we'll still have the serial.

inu-kun:
Another day, another weird DC casting choice.

I'd say they should make him Guy Gardner.

If he was going to be a Green Lantern, he should be John Stewart, as he says himself in the interview.

If this turns out to be true, I don't think it would be weird at all, honestly. I'd be completely on board with it. Captain Marvel/Shazam is pretty much the most light-hearted, optimistic character there is, and Johnson is a very charming, charismatic guy who'd be really good in that role. Plus, the character's deal is that 10-year-old Billy Batson says the magic word "Shazam!" and turns into Captain Marvel. What 10-year-old boy wouldn't want to turn into The Rock?

Zachary Amaranth:
Superman orphaned him in Man of Steel, and now he's angry all the time.

Stop giving them ideas.

JimB:

Zachary Amaranth:
Superman orphaned him in Man of Steel, and now he's angry all the time.

Stop giving them ideas.

XD

Oh, I'm sure they've come up with worse ones, like....No, I don't want to take any chances. Screw up your own movies, DC! I'm not helping you anymore!

You make him John Stewart and i will go see that movie...

In marvel world, i would love to see him play as luke cage

The Rock always seems like a kid at heart anyway.

+1 for The Rock as Shazam.

While I'd have my own defenses to why I'd prefer Captain America, Thor, & Iron-Man as white males.... Well I don't have one for Shazam. From what I know Shazam was just a child given super powers. Nothing about that to me yells a specific skin tone or even gender.

Then again I'd get a laugh out of Dwayne Johnson's head CGI'd onto a 12 year olds body.

I really Like Dwayne but as Shazam? Just does not fit at all.

I'd say Black Adam if it had to be between the two, but definitely not as Shazam.

I really want him to be either a DC or Marvel character but I dont know much about Shazam (isnt he a nerdy kid that can transform into the hero by saying those words) to know if The Rock fits the character.

So I will just leave this here.

Honestly, I was hoping he would be J'onn J'onzz.

JimB:

Zachary Amaranth:
But a black (well, half-black, half Samoan) Captain Marvel? Is the internet ready for that kind of explosion?

I like to hope no one knows or cares enough about Captain Marvel to make a stink about it. Hell, my biggest complaint is he seems too old for the role, not too dark-skinned. Still, he's what happens when a wizard makes lightning; I really don't see why age, melanin level, or any of that stuff should prevent him from filling out a suit and saying things like, "Jeepers!"
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Well considering Billy Batson is the quintisential embodiment Americana suburbia, it is a bit off. People don't make up a stink because they've got something against dark skinned people, they kick up a stick because it's supposed to be adapting defined characters and Captain Marvel isn't black. You think they'd have the balls or get away with casting the Falcon as a white dude? Like fuck they would, they'd have racism accusations flying (ba dum tsh) all over them. DC are already floundering in adapting stuff wtih any degree of sucess, they should stick to the established material, rather than changing defined characters to fill minority quotas. The thing is, they only decide to do it with lesser known characters rather than the big guns, so it's not that they want to diversify, they just have an easier time changing lesser known characters as the general public wont know.

If they really wanted to diversify, we'd see Black Batman, Latino Spider Man or Asian Wonder Woman in the films. Heck, Cyborg is a member of the Justice League now, we've got John Stewart. (though I wouldn't have The Rock either of them). When you've got a large a roster of characters as Marvel or DC, USE THEM, don't change existing characters to get a quota filled.

Especially when we have Black Adam on hand, who The Rock would be my first pick for my a mile, don't even have anyone else in mind to play him.

Also, no matter how much DC insists Captain Marvels name has changed, I refuse, refuse I say! It was his name first!

I love how he says "the power of Superman", then immediately says "and it's not Green Lantern, by the way!" as-though he was worried that we might get the wrong impression. Meanwhile I'm like, "What!? Outside of being able to fly, they have completely different powers! Why would I ever guess Green Lantern on that hint?"

While it is important to talk about who is more suited to playing Captain Marvel/"Shazam", I think it is also important note who plays Billy Batson.

We need a child actor who can really pull off "courage in the face of danger".

There were rumors of Doomsday being in the next movie. I could see the Rock as Doomsday.

People might be putting to much on one sentence.

Well it could be worse, he could be Aqua man...

I can so see the Rock being Shazam, but honestly i will like him in pretty much any role, hell have him play Cyborg, now that would be badass!

Been saying it for awhile now but I do not think The Rock is playing Captain Marvel. I'm putting my money on Black Adam. That character still fits all the hints we've got from The Rock as well as the criteria he gave some time back about what a DC character would have to be in order for him to play it.

Source: http://batman-news.com/2014/03/25/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-talks-green-lantern-rumors-comments-on-mystery-warner-bros-dc-comics-role/

1.) "The first quality we were looking for was that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on. What that does for me as an actor and the studio is it gives us space that we can explore; his complexities."

Black Adam is a fairly complex villain/anti-hero with a pretty rich history since his origins come from ancient Egypt. In fact one of the writers who helped redefine Black Adam as a corrupted anti-hero trying to clear his name is none other than David S. Goyer, the man who wrote the Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman (plus he'll probably be involved with Justice League as well).

If you know the history of Black Adam he's a fairly complex character that gives any actor taking the role on a lot to work with and many ways to approach it. There's multiple levels to him moving from fallen hero, to madman, to anti-hero, and then hero in reform. I'd say this fits the bill pretty well for what The Rock is looking for.

2.) "The other quality was that he had to - the character we were looking for had to be well-known but never brought to life. Then what that does again as an actor, it gives me a little bit of space, and we talked about personality. It just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality, with the set of tools that I could bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality, but still pay homage to who he is."

Again Black Adam fits this pretty well as being Captain Marvel's nemesis for quite some time before trying to reform as a true hero. He even fights alongside the other DC heroes to help stop Darkseid and is featured in the New 52 lineup. Of course Black Adam has never been featured in a life action film so he fits this criteria as well.

3.) "The third thing - and most important - is he had to be a badass motherf***er, okay, and on a Superman level of power, where [he] could throw down. In those three qualities, I'm happy we've found that character. Right now, we're out to a lot of writers."

Black Adam has this in spades and even directly battles against Superman many times. I don't think I need to go into much other detail on this one.

Not only that but The Rock pretty much already looks the part and could pull it off quite well. I just don't think he'd be a good fit for Captain Marvel plus I think they'd go for the younger looking Captain Marvel that we've seen in the latest Justice League animated movies.

From where I'm standing it just makes sense that The Rock will be tackling the role of Black Adam. The character has all the qualities he's looking for, plus he does his transformation with the use of a magic word too. All of this fits right in with the teases The Rock has given us.

If the Rock were to play any DC Characters, Black Adam or Bizarro come to mind, they would actually fit him, or rather he would fit the role and personas the best. Plus each are technically speaking ridiculous powerhouses and have good qualities about them, hence making them not simply one of the bad guys, although with Bizarro i guess you could argue he is evil from the point of view of the heroes, except to him they are actually evil because everything is reversed where he came from (he is alternative universe superman were good is evil and evil is good).

Black Adam would fit him the best, both physically as well as personality. Black Adam has always been a anti-hero of sorts, even when he is ultimately being the villian of the story. An interesting start of him would be World War 3, or leading up to that event given how important to the old continuity it was, at least that way they dont have to see whether he fits the new canon.

As for whether he could play Doomsday, i doubt it. Doomsday isnt really a character, he is a natural disaster. You dont really need to be able to act, there is nothing to characterize about Doomsday given his nature is pure destruction. Solomon Grundy on the other hand might be an interesting fit too.

elvor0:
Well considering Billy Batson is the quintessential embodiment Americana suburbia, it is a bit off.

Captain Marvel is not Billy Batson; or at least, he is not Billy Batson's appearance. He is a wizard's spell that so happens to look human.

elvor0:
People don't make up a stink because they've got something against dark skinned people, they kick up a stick because it's supposed to be adapting defined characters and Captain Marvel isn't black.

They have something against a dark-skinned person playing a character whose race is in no way a defining nor even interesting component.

elvor0:
You think they'd have the balls or get away with casting the Falcon as a white dude?

Mirroring an action does not make it equivalent. That only works if you deny that social context has any relevance. When Hollywood develops a history of casting people of color to impersonate white people for the sake of playing white roles at the expense of white actors, then it will be the same thing.

elvor0:
DC are already floundering in adapting stuff with any degree of success; they should stick to the established material, rather than changing defined characters to fill minority quotas.

I need a citation for this assertion that they hired the Rock because he's black(-ish) and not because he's physically huge, has a goofy grin, and is a popular draw.

elvor0:
If they really wanted to diversify, we'd see black Batman, Latino Spider Man or Asian Wonder Woman in the films.

Given that they never said the point is racial diversity--you're the one who said that, not them--I'm not sure what your point is.

elvor0:
Also, no matter how much DC insists Captain Marvels name has changed, I refuse, refuse I say! It was his name first!

Damn right. Shazam is the wizard's name, not Captain Marvel's.

I still think it could be Black Adam. He looks pretty darn similar to the character.

AND there's acting precedent: He played basically the same Egyptian Warrior/Prince(minus the super powers) in the Scorpion King. Plus he said 'throw down with Superman'. Now while Superman has fought Shazam too, it would be kind of stupid to essentially have 2 superman-level heroes to work with in future jla movies.

However, since it sounds like they want him headlining his own film, Shazam does seem more likely. Could definitely be either though still.

FogHornG36:
You make him John Stewart and i will go see that movie...

In marvel world, i would love to see him play as luke cage

Suggesting someone other than Terry Crews for Luke Cage just seems... wrong.

OT: Clearly he will be playing Martian Manhunter, and the magic word is Oreo. Dude can't get enough of 'em.

ccggenius12:

FogHornG36:
You make him John Stewart and i will go see that movie...

In marvel world, i would love to see him play as luke cage

Suggesting someone other than Terry Crews for Luke Cage just seems... wrong.

OT: Clearly he will be playing Martian Manhunter, and the magic word is Oreo. Dude can't get enough of 'em.

But choosing Isaiah Mustafa to play Luke Cage feels just so right!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d3RqCUvK3g

Huh... Given how I'm already suppose to believe that The Rock's Hercules, I shouldn't be surprised that I should now believe that he could be Shazam...

Then again...

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