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And it’s … Black Adam.
The wrestler-turned-actor tweeted the news Wednesday morning.
Johnson previously confirmed he would play a role in a Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Entertainment property Shazam, but it wasn’t clear then whether he’ll be playing the title character or his nemesis, Black Adam — an earlier version of Shazam from Ancient Egypt who has become an anti-hero in recent years.
Darren Lemke is set to write a script for the Shazam movie, with Hiram Garcia attached in a producer capacity, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Johnson has said that Black Adam has always been one of his favorite characters, adding that he has always been a fan of anti-heroes.
Shazam has been portrayed in DC comics as honorable and flawed by pride, making him less of a traditional villain.
While no official Shazam project has been announced by Warner Bros., the studio recently unveiled nine mystery DC Entertainment titles set to hit theaters between 2016 and 2020. However, New Line Cinema head Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman both told The Wall Street Journal in April that Shazam is one of the films the studio has in development.
10:43 a.m. This story has been updated to add that Darren Lemke and Hiram Garcia also are attached to the Shazam movie and more details from The Wall Street Journal about the project.
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