The Rock Confirms Black Adam Role, The "Antihero" in Shazam 16


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has seemingly confirmed via Twitter that he will play Shazam villain Black Adam -- but there's a twist.

In a message that shares comic book art of the dark wizard and dictator, Johnson referred to Black Adam as an "antihero," suggesting that perhaps he won't be the sole or primary antagonist of the film, and that he may have a more complex psychology, echoing more recent iterations of the character as written by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns

Johnson had been attached to the role of Black Adam in a previous iteration of the Shazam movie, as well as to a Lobo film, over the years. Not long ago, rumors started to circulate that he and Warner Bros. were in serious talks to give him a role in their fledgling cinematic universe, and last month he revealed that he would play either Shazam or Black Adam in a Shazam film.

Adam, who derives his powers from the same source as Shazam does, is also the ruler of a small, Middle Eastern nation called Khandaq. Khandaq will appear in upcoming issues of the Arrow Season 2.5 comic book series as well as being referenced in an upcoming episode of The Flash on The CW. The nation has been referenced in previous episodes of Arrow, including the one that introduced the Suicide Squad. DC's TV series, though, do not happen in the same universe as their feature films.

While Warner Bros. have yet to officially confirm production, Shazam is widely expected to be one of the studio's 2016 or 2017 theatrical releases.

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  1. Stevie

    Let the speculation of who plays Captain Marvel begin.. 

     So we are going to assume this is coming out July 2016?

  2. ThadiousJayble

    I was hoping he would be Shazam, but I am fine with this too.

  3. TurtleDude


  4. ThadiousJayble

    Shazam* he isn't Captain Marvel anymore. I think's suggestion of John Cena would work.

  5. Stevie

    He was the first superhero every on film, a golden age classic for more than 70 years. The King of Rock N Roll was a fan. He is and will always be the one and only Captain Marvel. Captain Mar Vell was a cheap legal snaking to capitalize on marketing.

     John Cena and the Rock in one film will just turn this into The Expendables in the eyes of the general public. I wouldn't mind Patrick Warburton, he could easily pull off the childs mind in an adult body. 

  6. Geministyle

    Does DC even get to use the Captain Marvel name? I thought they lost it to Marvel comics years ago

  7. Stevie

    Its a legal battle that was hashed out along time ago. Fawcett comics let the trademark lapse and several companies jumped on to try and publish Captain Marvel titled comics. and DC bought Fawcett...

     So basically DC owns all the Captain Marvel likeness and story elements like saying "SHAZAM". But they cannot publish a title with "Captain Marvel" in it. The can use the character and his name as much as they want it just can't be the title. 

     A bunch of comics companies tried to rip the entire character off, they then had to stop any of the similar characteristics but since the trademark was free they could trademark it themselves and use it as a published title. 

     Marvel has to publish a book under the "Captain Marvel" title every couple of years or lose trademark. Think of it like the FF movie rights.

  8. JesseSpade

    Thank Christ he isn't going to be Captain Marvel.

  9. RussBurlingame

    Stevie's got it just right. I'd add that DC doesn't call him Captain Marvel anymore for obvious reasons of branding: if it can't be the name of the comic or the movie, etc.

  10. Draven_Kain

    Doesn't Captain Marvel have the same likeness to Black Adam, the only thing that seperates them is elfin ears and the slightly darker complexion?

  11. RussBurlingame

    Draven_Kain said ... (original post)

    Doesn't Captain Marvel have the same likeness to Black Adam, the only thing that seperates them is elfin ears and the slightly darker complexion?

    Depends on the artist, but that's often the case.

  12. Kevin

    I would have prefered him as Captain Marvel, as I think it would have allowed him to be a bit comedic, but this works too. Now they need to find a good, physically imposing actor to play Cap. I don't mind the idea of it being John Cena (as he could do the humor and the strength of Marvel).

  13. Al

    It be kind of dum to play both roles in the same movie....what?  DJ against DJ...umm? I mean, I guess if I was the writer, I'd make Black Adam as perhaps maybe long lost relative of Captain Marvel, but then again...still wouldn't make would have to rewrite a whole new comic story of Shazam and Black Adam on how they came to be...but it's so much simpler to say that both of them get their powers from the same power source given by the you see, it has to be someone different...younger like Kelan Lutz as the Shazam character is little as a boy and one as the Superhero...

  14. Astoria_Malfoy

    Captain Marvel /Billy Batson was also a fan favorite on Young Justice. 

  15. RAYZA

    Hopefully they don't take any insperation from the shitty Justice League War version. I wouldn't mind if they take insperation fron the New 52 version or the classic version.

  16. DSniner

    The Rock as Black Adam is a perfect fit for him.Well done WB/DC!