There isn't much known about the magic based side of DC's universe, which will truly come into its own once Shazam hits theaters. So far most are only aware of The Rock's involvement as the film's main antagonist Black Adam, but it seems there is someone ready to take him on if social media is anything to go by.
Actor Derek Theler is most known for his role as Danny Wheeler on ABC Family's Baby Daddy, but fans will soon get to know him as X-O Manowar in Valiant's Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe series. It seems he also might have an interest in playing Shazam opposite The Rock, as his Instagram has had plenty of Shazam-related content lately.
Thele actually appeared in Rock's Rock The Promo campaign, and he posted a picture alongside him and Lisa Marie Summerscales. He had nothing but kind words for the superstar and ended his caption with #shazam.
If you scroll this his timeline you'll also find a few mocked up renditions of him as Shazam, and each time he includes the hashtag #dream. He says that the character has always been one of his favorites, and in one of them he makes sure to include "@therock is my hero."
It could just be a general fondness for the character, but his enthusiasm and the frequency of the posts (plus knowing The Rock) could mean it's something more substantial. Looking at a few of these renditions, he certainly looks the part.
As for The Rock, he recently met with DC about their film universe and came out pretty enthusiastic as well.
Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe. #KneelAtHisFeet #OrGetCrushedByHisBoot #BlackAdam⚡️
Shazam is slated to hit theaters sometime in 2009.
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