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Dwayne Johnson Will Say 'Shazam' After All

Dwayne Johnson
<p>The real turnaround came after CAA put together Johnson&rsquo;s <em>Fast Five</em> deal, when he debated returning to the ring for the first time in years, a move his representatives at CAA strongly cautioned against. (He would do so in April 2011 for WrestleMania XXVII.) That was when he bolted. On <strong>Vince McMahon</strong>&rsquo;s advice, Johnson spoke to WME&rsquo;s <strong>Ari Emanuel</strong>, who invited him and&nbsp;<strong>Dany Garcia</strong>, his ex-wife and longtime manager, to a meeting in L.A. with about 150 WME staff, including the man who would become Johnson&rsquo;s key rep, <strong>Brad Slater</strong>. Johnson was stunned by their enthusiasm and hunger, a hunger he shared.</p>   |   Austin Hargrave
But is he going to play the bad guy in the movie?

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.

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