Friday, September 5, 2014

Dwayne Johnson cast as Black Adam in 'Shazam'

Marvel has pretty much taken over the cinematic world at this point. The Avengers and Iron Man 3 both grossed over a billion dollars, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier improved on their predecessors and Guardians of the Galaxy is now the highest grossing movie of the year. Marvel rules the world. Warner Bros.' DC entertainment division has been left in the dust. Man of Steel was a moderate success last summer, but even that film paled in comparison to some of Marvel's recent efforts. Think about that for a second. A film about Superman, the world's most recognizable superhero, will likely be beat out by Guardians of the Galaxy, which is probably one of the more obscure Marvel titles to be adapted for the big screen. That's simply incredible and shows just how strong of a hold Marvel has on the comic book film world. However, DC is definitely giving it their best shot. They announced nine new titles last month and will likely have a Justice League movie in theaters before 2018.

One of the more interesting titles that DC has teased is Shazam, which is not necessarily a well-known entity. From what I know, it's about a boy who says the word "Shazam" and then turns into a giant superhero. Cool concept and Dwayne Johnson has been involved for a long time. Until recently, the only thing we knew was that Johnson would either be playing Shazam himself or Black Adam, the nemesis of Shazam. Now we know for sure. Dwayne Johnson will be playing Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam film, per his Twitter. On the social media site, Johnson said:

"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become...#Black Adam #TheAntiHero #DC Comics

There aren't many specifics known about the film besides this latest bit of casting news, but I would count on this being one of the first DC films released. The film is being distributed by New Line Cinema and according to Variety, veteran writer Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer) is penning the script. I'm expecting a late 2016 or early 2017 release for this one and I'm sure we'll hear more about it soon. 

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