The Rock’s Black Adam will co-star in New Line’s Shazam, jokes apparently included


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed his role as Black Adam on Twitter today. Now Variety is reporting that Black Adam will be a villain/anti-hero in the Shazam movie by New Line Cinema, which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

The site also says that Darren Lemke (Lost, Shrek Forever After) will be working on the script.

New Line also comments on their thoughts on Johnson:

“We Love Dwayne and have had nothing but success with him over the years,” said Toby Emmerich, President and COO of New Line. “When I look at Dwayne both off screen and on screen, he is such a larger than life character and it just made perfect sense to me that we put him in a DC comic movie. You look at these comic book characters and they have this certain swag and charisma that Dwayne carries with him where ever he is so that’s why this always made sense.”

In an interview with EW, Emmerich says that Shazam will be different from the DC and Marvel films.

“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself. 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.”

With the rumor that DC doesn’t want jokes in its DC films, Emmerich says that Shazam “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”

It seems like Emmerich is hinting that Shazam won’t be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe. At least the movie won’t be that dark.

The biggest question is why New Line? Could it be that this will help Warner Bros. focus on the top-tier heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman while New Line will focus on the second-tier heroes? Also, how big of a role will The Rock have in a movie about Shazam? Will Shazam and Black Adam be enemies who become friends?

The story of Shazam follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into the superhero by saying “Shazam.” The hero has the powers of the gods and can go up against the likes of Superman.

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