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Did Dwayne Johnson just announce that he'll be playing Shazam?

Jul. 21, 2014by: Sean Wist

There's been talk of whether or not that the rumored DC line-up will actually come to fruition. One of the biggest surprises of that line-up was a Shazam stand-alone film hitting in July of 2016. Given that audiences in the realm of cinema have little-to-no idea who/what/when/where/why Shazam is, I can see how the announcement of his own film might seem a little far-fetched. However, there have been rumors of Dwayne Johnson playing a DC character for some time now and there has been talk of him donning a ring of power and going Green Lantern on us. A recent interview with him says that this is not the case, as Johnson states that he will NOT be Green Lantern. This isn't just a flat-out denial though, as Johnson goes on to say that DC has another character in mind for him.

When asked about which character he would be excited to play in the DC universe:

That's a smart question right there. DC and I have been talking for a couple of years now about trying to find whatever the right character is; who's the right character. It's also tricky too because there's baggage, and it's good baggage that I have, ya know? I am a certain way and my wiring is my wiring and my DNA is my DNA. When I step on set and on screen I'm aware of what I'm able to bring to a character and so is DC. I will say this: there's a character out there that we're going to announce very soon that I'm gonna play. I'll just say this: the power of Superman and it's not Green Lantern. This character has the power of Superman, he can throw down . . . just say the word. That's all I'm gonna say!

Perhaps the proverbial word in this case is "Shazam?" If DC's line-up is any indication, we'll probably start hearing cast and crew announcements soon. If we're going to measure by MAN OF STEEL standards, then I imagine quite a bit of post-production will be needed. Regardless, getting a Shazam flick two years from now is not out of the question. If it is true, then we should be hearing official confirmation not too far from now.

If you need your Rock fix sooner, you can check him out in Brett Ratner's HERCULES, which hits theaters this Friday.

Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about the character? Do you think Johnson can do him justice?
Source: Total Film

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11:57PM on 07/23/2014
Dwayne Johnson is playing Gomer Pyle?

(old school joke for you all)
Dwayne Johnson is playing Gomer Pyle?

(old school joke for you all)
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5:49PM on 07/23/2014
Isn't Shazam just the word Captain Marvel uses to turn into Captain Marvel? I think its the name of the old wizard, which The Rock certainly isn't playing.
Isn't Shazam just the word Captain Marvel uses to turn into Captain Marvel? I think its the name of the old wizard, which The Rock certainly isn't playing.
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12:39PM on 07/22/2014
I'm only hip to this because at this point it just fun to watch DC fail.
I'm only hip to this because at this point it just fun to watch DC fail.
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12:18AM on 07/22/2014
Lol Shazam/Captain Marvel is not the only one who needs to say "Shazam" to get the powers even Black Adam says "Shazam" to get them. Black Adam was the first guy to whom the Wizard gave the powers to but he turned all dark side with em.
Lol Shazam/Captain Marvel is not the only one who needs to say "Shazam" to get the powers even Black Adam says "Shazam" to get them. Black Adam was the first guy to whom the Wizard gave the powers to but he turned all dark side with em.
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8:09PM on 07/21/2014
I'd rather see him play Black Adam, but I think he'd make a good Shazam too.
I'd rather see him play Black Adam, but I think he'd make a good Shazam too.
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6:24PM on 07/21/2014
"Given that audiences in the realm of cinema have little-to-no idea [link] Shazam is"...

Damn kids these days. Captain Marvel/Shazam used to be HUGE in the comic world, as big, if not bigger than Superman at some point.
"Given that audiences in the realm of cinema have little-to-no idea [link] Shazam is"...

Damn kids these days. Captain Marvel/Shazam used to be HUGE in the comic world, as big, if not bigger than Superman at some point.
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4:25AM on 07/22/2014
Right you are, throughout the 40's Captain Marvel was the top selling comic book in the country by a huge margin, the #2 comic, Superman and sales of roughly 2/3 what Captain Marvel had. After DC bought out the character they specifically changed Superman to be more like Captain Marvel (tons of little things we take for granted today as being part of the character like his ability to fly).
Right you are, throughout the 40's Captain Marvel was the top selling comic book in the country by a huge margin, the #2 comic, Superman and sales of roughly 2/3 what Captain Marvel had. After DC bought out the character they specifically changed Superman to be more like Captain Marvel (tons of little things we take for granted today as being part of the character like his ability to fly).
5:29PM on 07/21/2014
He would make a great Shazam.
He would make a great Shazam.
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5:02PM on 07/21/2014
The Rock's a badass, has the look, and is charismatic and entertaining. Sounds like a fit for a comic book movie to me, plus this guy works his ass off I would love for him to get this.
The Rock's a badass, has the look, and is charismatic and entertaining. Sounds like a fit for a comic book movie to me, plus this guy works his ass off I would love for him to get this.
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4:04PM on 07/21/2014
HATE Shazam
HATE Shazam
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3:53PM on 07/21/2014
I can see this happening. Casting The Rock as Shazam seems a bit awkward simply because he would be excellent casting for Black Adam. Guess they don't want The Rock being a bad guy. Knowing Hollywood they'll probably change Black Adams name to something more neutral like Lack-of-Color Adam, and cast a scrawny white guy.
I can see this happening. Casting The Rock as Shazam seems a bit awkward simply because he would be excellent casting for Black Adam. Guess they don't want The Rock being a bad guy. Knowing Hollywood they'll probably change Black Adams name to something more neutral like Lack-of-Color Adam, and cast a scrawny white guy.
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3:50PM on 07/21/2014
I know the movie bombed, and I don't even know what he's done since then, but I think the guy from The Spirit would be great for Shazaam (Gabriel Macht?). I think he was even in discussions for the gig
I know the movie bombed, and I don't even know what he's done since then, but I think the guy from The Spirit would be great for Shazaam (Gabriel Macht?). I think he was even in discussions for the gig
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3:47PM on 07/21/2014
I know the movie bombed, and I don't even know what he's done since then, but I think the guy from The Spirit would be great for Shazaam (Gabriel Macht?). I think he was even in discussions for the gig
I know the movie bombed, and I don't even know what he's done since then, but I think the guy from The Spirit would be great for Shazaam (Gabriel Macht?). I think he was even in discussions for the gig
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3:45PM on 07/21/2014
When was that interview? "Just say the word" I think would be a pretty solid indication. He has been in talks of being Shazam or black atom for a long time now, hasn't he? Honestly, rock will be fine as a lead in most DC movies, but I would much rather see him as GL than Shazaam. I think Shazaam is kinda lame, and he's not a character I'd personally include in the first round of Justice League films. I also remember him saying his character could beat superman - I've seen him suckerpunch
When was that interview? "Just say the word" I think would be a pretty solid indication. He has been in talks of being Shazam or black atom for a long time now, hasn't he? Honestly, rock will be fine as a lead in most DC movies, but I would much rather see him as GL than Shazaam. I think Shazaam is kinda lame, and he's not a character I'd personally include in the first round of Justice League films. I also remember him saying his character could beat superman - I've seen him suckerpunch him some, he can hold his own, but he can't kick Superman's ass
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3:20PM on 07/21/2014
I love the rock but I can't see him playing Shazam. Black Adam would be fine. Hope there's another character out there for him.
I love the rock but I can't see him playing Shazam. Black Adam would be fine. Hope there's another character out there for him.
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2:41PM on 07/21/2014

Anything The Rock touches turns to dirt (except that bodybuilding movie)

The Rock has hit... rock bottom...

Seriously he doesn't make good movies. Hercules looks atrocious, like I would rather see the horrible Asylum version over the Rock version. Then Rock has done nothing but horrible Disney movies (Toothfairy and center of the earth 2)

I don't want him to be Shazaam, Green Lantern or anyone. He will ham it up and it will suck. DC has a bad enough record with non-Batman movies.
The Rock has hit... rock bottom...

Seriously he doesn't make good movies. Hercules looks atrocious, like I would rather see the horrible Asylum version over the Rock version. Then Rock has done nothing but horrible Disney movies (Toothfairy and center of the earth 2)

I don't want him to be Shazaam, Green Lantern or anyone. He will ham it up and it will suck. DC has a bad enough record with non-Batman movies.
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6:15PM on 07/21/2014
Watch snitch. Or the other guys. Or be cool. Or literally any movie he's done in the last five years besides toothfairy.
Watch snitch. Or the other guys. Or be cool. Or literally any movie he's done in the last five years besides toothfairy.
2:35PM on 07/21/2014
Rock is perfect for this role. Even though Shazam looks like Patrick Warburton, The Rock has the personality to pull off a kid turned into an adult superhero.
Rock is perfect for this role. Even though Shazam looks like Patrick Warburton, The Rock has the personality to pull off a kid turned into an adult superhero.
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2:27PM on 07/21/2014

It's really right in front of you...

Most people don't realize that J'onn J'onzz (AKA, The Martian Manhunter) has the power of Superman. It is said quite frankly/explicitly in the comics and the animated series.
Most people don't realize that J'onn J'onzz (AKA, The Martian Manhunter) has the power of Superman. It is said quite frankly/explicitly in the comics and the animated series.
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2:06PM on 07/21/2014

hypocrites

So i noticed the people supporting the rock playing shazam are perfectly fine with it but michael b jordan playing the human torch is complete bs. Gotta Love the ignorant fanboys
So i noticed the people supporting the rock playing shazam are perfectly fine with it but michael b jordan playing the human torch is complete bs. Gotta Love the ignorant fanboys
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2:07PM on 07/21/2014
Fn double post sorry
Fn double post sorry
2:43PM on 07/21/2014
It's not the actor we dislike about F4, its the character. Nobody wan't a Johnny Storm who isn't related to Sue... We don't want high school losers getting super powers and changing the entire plot of F4 origins. F4 is going to suck because of its script.
It's not the actor we dislike about F4, its the character. Nobody wan't a Johnny Storm who isn't related to Sue... We don't want high school losers getting super powers and changing the entire plot of F4 origins. F4 is going to suck because of its script.
3:26PM on 07/21/2014
@Masterdebator, that might also be the case but people came down pretty hard on Jordan as Storm which was the second earliest news on the project.
@Masterdebator, that might also be the case but people came down pretty hard on Jordan as Storm which was the second earliest news on the project.
4:36PM on 07/21/2014
@Masterdebator they can still be brother and sister. There is this thing called adoption.
@Masterdebator they can still be brother and sister. There is this thing called adoption.
12:43PM on 07/22/2014
Wait... The Rocks not white?



I'm joking, kind of.
Wait... The Rocks not white?



I'm joking, kind of.
1:57PM on 07/21/2014

hypocrites

So i noticed the people supporting the rock playing shazam are perfectly fine with it but michael b jordan playing the human torch is complete bs. Gotta Love the ignorant fanboys
So i noticed the people supporting the rock playing shazam are perfectly fine with it but michael b jordan playing the human torch is complete bs. Gotta Love the ignorant fanboys
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1:50PM on 07/21/2014
Some diversity in my superhero films...... I like it.
Some diversity in my superhero films...... I like it.
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1:34PM on 07/21/2014
Makes sense, and hopefully he is playing Shazam not Black Adam. Out of all the movies on the proposed DC movie schedule, this one seemed like it should have already been in production.
Makes sense, and hopefully he is playing Shazam not Black Adam. Out of all the movies on the proposed DC movie schedule, this one seemed like it should have already been in production.
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1:14PM on 07/21/2014

Hmmm

...Who would play Kid Rock? lol
...Who would play Kid Rock? lol
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12:59PM on 07/21/2014
i would rather he play black adam
i would rather he play black adam
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1:37PM on 07/21/2014
Racist.
Racist.
12:56PM on 07/21/2014
Would love to see him join the DC Universe as Shazam. Would be a huge gain for DC in terms of building their Justice League characters and Universe and Johnson would bring much depth and breathe fresh air into a character that the general mass is unaware of.

If this isn't Shazam though for whatever reason, then maybe he's playing Lobo?!?!
Would love to see him join the DC Universe as Shazam. Would be a huge gain for DC in terms of building their Justice League characters and Universe and Johnson would bring much depth and breathe fresh air into a character that the general mass is unaware of.

If this isn't Shazam though for whatever reason, then maybe he's playing Lobo?!?!
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2:21PM on 07/21/2014
Lol
Lol
6:46PM on 07/21/2014
so going with a difrace for shazam is ok but not johnny storm?

what a cunt.
so going with a difrace for shazam is ok but not johnny storm?

what a cunt.
1:28PM on 07/22/2014
Yes, it's OK
BITCH

Hey, moderators, can't you ban this prick already ?
Or did he hack your system to be able to have no name ?
Yes, it's OK
BITCH

Hey, moderators, can't you ban this prick already ?
Or did he hack your system to be able to have no name ?
10:36PM on 07/22/2014
so calling someone a cunt isn't okay, but them a bitch is? Soloist is ignoring this chump, why can't you?
so calling someone a cunt isn't okay, but them a bitch is? Soloist is ignoring this chump, why can't you?
12:56PM on 07/21/2014

I'm cautiously optimistic

SNITCH proved that Dwayne Johnson can act very well, with the right script and director. There's no doubting his charisma or ability but the big question for me is whether he can capture the essential boyishness of Billy Batson on screen.

I would have loved to have seen him as Lobo but that character's tough to do in a PG13 setting.
SNITCH proved that Dwayne Johnson can act very well, with the right script and director. There's no doubting his charisma or ability but the big question for me is whether he can capture the essential boyishness of Billy Batson on screen.

I would have loved to have seen him as Lobo but that character's tough to do in a PG13 setting.
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