Dwayne Johnson on the Emotional Journey of 'Shazam's' Black Adam

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"I think [he] is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero"

We know that Dwayne Johnson will be playing Black Adam in Warner Bros’ big screen Shazam, but does that mean he’ll be showing up as the comic book villain of old, or the conflicted anti-hero of more contemporary appearances? The answer, according to the actor, may be both.

“I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero,” Johnson told Total Film magazine, saying that the character’s journey was “written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.”

(For those wondering about the character’s psychology, elsewhere in the same interview Johnson said that Black Adam would “inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humor” to the DC cinematic universe. Is Adam the badass character the DCU has been waiting for?)

Johnson also teased that we might see Black Adam in other movies beyond Shazam, saying “It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected. One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters.”

Shazam is scheduled for a 2019 release. Johnson will be seen next in this summer’s Furious 7, released Apr. 3.

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