11:03am PT by Graeme McMillan
Dwayne Johnson Will Say 'Shazam' After All
Dwayne Johnson has, it seems, come clean about his desire to join the Marvel Family — not Marvel Studios, but the one that includes a superheroic rabbit and kindly uncle, not to mention a wizard fond of a very special magic word.
The Associated Press is reporting that, during an appearance in Mexico City to promote Hercules, Johnson confirmed that he would play a role in a Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Entertainment property Shazam. This follows previous hints about such an announcement during earlier Hercules promotional appearances this summer.
The report adds that Johnson said that he isn’t sure yet whether he’ll take the role of hero Shazam or his nemesis Black Adam in the movie, noting that he has “always been a fan of anti-heroes,” and that Black Adam — an earlier version of Shazam from Ancient Egypt who has become an anti-hero in recent years — has always been one of his favorite DC characters.
No matter which role he takes, he said that he is “putting my heart and soul and my bones” into it, according to the Associated Press report. To date, no Shazam project has been officially announced by Warner Bros., although with no less than nine mystery DC Entertainment movies scheduled between 2016 and 2020, it wouldn’t be lacking a potential release date.