According to actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson, the DC Comics character he'll be bringing to the screen may be announced as early as San Diego Comic Con in July. He declined to identify the character, but did tweet that he's a well-known character who's never been played before onscreen. It's probably safe to assume that's on the big screen, or in live action, since virtually every DC character has appeared on shows like Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold at one point or another. Here's the tweet in question:
Myself & DC have agreed on a character.. extremely complex, well known (but never played) and a pure BAD ASS MF;) #RockTalk .@ThomasEspin — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 25, 2014
It was during an interview with Collider that he gave some additional details, three qualities he said he and DC Comics have been looking for. "Here are three qualities," Johnson said. "The first quality we were looking for was that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on. What that does for me as an actor and the studio is it gives us space that we can explore; his complexities. The other quality was that he had to — the character we were looking for had to be well-known but never brought to life. Then what that does again as an actor, it gives me a little bit of space, and we talked about personality. It just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality, with the set of tools that I could bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality, but still pay homage to who he is. The third thing — and most important — is he had to be a badass motherf--ker, okay, and on a Superman level of power, where could throw down. In those three qualities, I'm happy we've found that character. Right now, we're out to a lot of writers." Johnson has previously been attached to characters like Black Adam and Lobo, who would fit the bill as described above, and with John Stewart, the Green Lantern best known from Justice League Unlimited. Those rumors are likely to be kickstarted by the Collider interview, too, as Johnson told the site when asked whether his character wears a ring that he couldn't say.