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Dwayne Johnson provides hints about his upcoming DC Comics movie role

Mar. 25, 2014by: Alex Maidy

When Dwayne Johnson revealed that he was working with DC Comics and Warner Bros on a movie role based in their superhero universe, the action star set the Internet ablaze with theories and dream casting scenarios. Johnson did everything he could to avoid specifically naming the hero he was working on. Hell, he never even concretely said it was a hero and not a villain. All we know is that Dwayne Johnson and DC are joining forces for a mysterious project that may or may not connect to BATMAN VS SUPERMAN or JUSTICE LEAGUE.

With the trailer for HERCULES dropping today, Johnson is in the forefront of the news and is once again being asked about whether his DC role could be that of Jon Stewart, aka Green Lantern. Comic Book Resources asked the man once known as The Rock and here was his answer:

So, you know, theres been mutual interest with myself and DC for many years to find the right character. I, like everyone here in the room, love superheroes. So theres been mutual interest with us for years, and weve been having ongoing discussions, myself and DC, for years about the right character, what the right character would be. Thats another thing, too: It had to be right.

So, from the sounds of that, it could be a superhero like Green Lantern or possibly Lobo which we knew was in development with Johnson until recently. Maybe he can give us a better hint with the criteria he set for joining up with DC.

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 motherfucker, OK, and on a Superman level of power, where [he] could throw down. In those three qualities, Im happy weve found that character.

The phrase "throwing down with Superman" is interesting as that could mean this character is actually a villain or someone who confronts Superman. Based on that, it could still be Green Lantern or Lobo or even a villain like Darkseid. If it were Darkseid, that would be definitely playing against type for the actor who has become synonymous with heroes. He did play a bad guy as The Rock during his wrestling days.

My theory is still that Dwayne Johnson is looking to play Shazam or Black Adam. Or, maybe both in a dual role situation. I think Johnson's physique and comic timing would play perfectly as Shazam while his intensity would be great as Black Adam. Either way, I am just hoping we find out soon who he will be playing.

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9:46AM on 03/28/2014
I would be happy with him as John Stewert but I'm with the fanboys on this one. I think he'd make a great Black Adam. Its nice to see a big action star joining DC's ranks since everyone is on the Marvel bandwagon. I just wish DC would step up and start creating their universe. So many characters, so many great stories.
I would be happy with him as John Stewert but I'm with the fanboys on this one. I think he'd make a great Black Adam. Its nice to see a big action star joining DC's ranks since everyone is on the Marvel bandwagon. I just wish DC would step up and start creating their universe. So many characters, so many great stories.
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1:52PM on 03/26/2014
I would say to stick with Marvel.
I would say to stick with Marvel.
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10:50AM on 03/26/2014
If there was one comic character Dwayne was born to play its Black Adam. I think he's always been a fan fav to play Black Adam as well. From what he twitted and the way he describes the characters I think theres only two choices which are Lobo and Black Adam. Out of those two Black Adam makes the most sense.
If there was one comic character Dwayne was born to play its Black Adam. I think he's always been a fan fav to play Black Adam as well. From what he twitted and the way he describes the characters I think theres only two choices which are Lobo and Black Adam. Out of those two Black Adam makes the most sense.
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6:26AM on 03/26/2014

Not Jon Stewart

in a tweet yesterday responding to a fan asking him about rumors of him being contacted about Green Lantern, Mr. Johnson replied "Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Black Adam are my fav superheroes, but GL's already been made and stamped." While he doesn't flat out deny Black Adam, that certainly seems to put the Green Lantern rumors to bed.
in a tweet yesterday responding to a fan asking him about rumors of him being contacted about Green Lantern, Mr. Johnson replied "Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Black Adam are my fav superheroes, but GL's already been made and stamped." While he doesn't flat out deny Black Adam, that certainly seems to put the Green Lantern rumors to bed.
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12:38PM on 03/26/2014
And he flat out said in the article above.. A character that was nerver brought to life.
And he flat out said in the article above.. A character that was nerver brought to life.
11:59PM on 03/25/2014
I could see him as Cyborg as well. S.T.A.R. labs has been introduced on screen already. Just throwing that out there.
I could see him as Cyborg as well. S.T.A.R. labs has been introduced on screen already. Just throwing that out there.
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2:54AM on 03/26/2014
Actually, that kind of makes the most sense of all.
Actually, that kind of makes the most sense of all.
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11:50PM on 03/25/2014
I really wanna say he'd be the Manhunter, but I don't think he's all that well known. But neither is lobo or Jon Stewart. That is the only thing throwing me off. But Manhunter is really the only character who can fuck with superman. Jon is notoriously weaker than Hal, and it ain't shit for Supes to break thru either of their constructs. I'd want Manhunter first I think, with lobo a close 2nd. But after the trinity, green lantern, flash, and aquaman (?) I really don't think there are any
I really wanna say he'd be the Manhunter, but I don't think he's all that well known. But neither is lobo or Jon Stewart. That is the only thing throwing me off. But Manhunter is really the only character who can fuck with superman. Jon is notoriously weaker than Hal, and it ain't shit for Supes to break thru either of their constructs. I'd want Manhunter first I think, with lobo a close 2nd. But after the trinity, green lantern, flash, and aquaman (?) I really don't think there are any other DC heroes that are really well known. I'll be fine with him as Jon, but the rock is to big. All lanterns are in shape, but their ring is their weapon. They aren't super strong. But if they are really reading and using the comics (which they prolly aren't bc it's DC), Manhunter is the only hero who can go a couple rounds with Supes.
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12:15AM on 03/26/2014
I forgot ab cyborg. He's more popular in the new 52 but rocks kinda old for him. He's really not that original or interesting on his own. He just kinda functions as the oracle now that she's gone and gives everyone info.
When I think ab it, Lobo makes a little more sense. Although they were really making fun of him, Lobo was DC's answer to Wolverine. Wolverine is really complex and the idea of the rock as a wolverine character would def work - I mean it's kind of an obvious thing for DC
I forgot ab cyborg. He's more popular in the new 52 but rocks kinda old for him. He's really not that original or interesting on his own. He just kinda functions as the oracle now that she's gone and gives everyone info.
When I think ab it, Lobo makes a little more sense. Although they were really making fun of him, Lobo was DC's answer to Wolverine. Wolverine is really complex and the idea of the rock as a wolverine character would def work - I mean it's kind of an obvious thing for DC to do to try and gain the success that Fox has had with Wolvie, I just don't remember his powers or how bad ass he was.
Lastly, is there any chance DC would ever cast him as Deathstroke? I think that'd be more R rated tho
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9:19PM on 03/25/2014

Depends.

He would make the fucking perfect Black Adam. He would also make a good Jon Stewart. I don't see him as Martian Manhunter. At all.

This feels like Lobo to me. Which would be kind of a disappointment. I know Johnson isn't Daniel Day-Lewis but Lobo is such a boring, one note character. He could do better than that. But that's what it sounds like from this. His emphasis on "badass mitherfucker" is telling. Someone no one else has adapted. Sounds like Lobo. I hope not.
He would make the fucking perfect Black Adam. He would also make a good Jon Stewart. I don't see him as Martian Manhunter. At all.

This feels like Lobo to me. Which would be kind of a disappointment. I know Johnson isn't Daniel Day-Lewis but Lobo is such a boring, one note character. He could do better than that. But that's what it sounds like from this. His emphasis on "badass mitherfucker" is telling. Someone no one else has adapted. Sounds like Lobo. I hope not.
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9:04PM on 03/25/2014
Shazam or Black Adam would be a good fit for him, but I would love to see him as Martian Manhunter. Talk about complexities.
Shazam or Black Adam would be a good fit for him, but I would love to see him as Martian Manhunter. Talk about complexities.
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8:22PM on 03/25/2014
John Stewart, not Jon Stewart. I doubt he's going to play the political commentator/comedian.
John Stewart, not Jon Stewart. I doubt he's going to play the political commentator/comedian.
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7:48PM on 03/25/2014
I actually hope he's Martian Manhunter more than anyone mentioned so far.

And while we're talking Lobo, Jason Momoa gets my vote.
I actually hope he's Martian Manhunter more than anyone mentioned so far.

And while we're talking Lobo, Jason Momoa gets my vote.
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7:30PM on 03/25/2014
I'd say Shazam or maybe he might be Doomsday after all.
I'd say Shazam or maybe he might be Doomsday after all.
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7:22PM on 03/25/2014
Solomon Grundy,Ruin,Desparo,Doomsday,Parasite,metallo,titano,Mongul,bizzaro,amazo could all lay the smack down on supes.
Solomon Grundy,Ruin,Desparo,Doomsday,Parasite,metallo,titano,Mongul,bizzaro,amazo could all lay the smack down on supes.
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12:07AM on 03/26/2014
Wow that's crazy bc u know these lesser known characters so it leads me to believe you read the comics. And it's crazy bc if u do read the comics why would u ever make that comment. It's terrible. Solomon Grundy? Parasite? First of all, doomsday is the only character out if those who's ever really layed the smack down on Supes. All the others are really just a nuisance to him and usually Lex's muscle. None of them but MAYBE 3-4 are relatively well known. But do you know who the rock
Wow that's crazy bc u know these lesser known characters so it leads me to believe you read the comics. And it's crazy bc if u do read the comics why would u ever make that comment. It's terrible. Solomon Grundy? Parasite? First of all, doomsday is the only character out if those who's ever really layed the smack down on Supes. All the others are really just a nuisance to him and usually Lex's muscle. None of them but MAYBE 3-4 are relatively well known. But do you know who the rock is? He's an A list movie star. One of the biggest action stars there is right now. You think he'd sign up to play a B or C list baddie that prolly isn't even the main baddie? And he would only be in one movie as those characters. Really, those characters are fucking weak
8:41AM on 03/26/2014
@bealzf........ So
@bealzf........ So
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6:51PM on 03/25/2014
I know I'll probably be crucified for this, but I don't think Johnson has the right look for Jon Stewart's Lantern. I can see why they would want to separate the film DCU from the Reynolds GL flick, but The Rock's too damn big.
As bad as I would want him to throwdown with Supes as Lobo, I would think a character like Black Adam would be a perfect fit for him.
I know I'll probably be crucified for this, but I don't think Johnson has the right look for Jon Stewart's Lantern. I can see why they would want to separate the film DCU from the Reynolds GL flick, but The Rock's too damn big.
As bad as I would want him to throwdown with Supes as Lobo, I would think a character like Black Adam would be a perfect fit for him.
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11:57PM on 03/25/2014
Y would u get crucified for that? It's almost not even an opinion, the first part, but fact. It'd be like casting the rock as Bruce Banner. I'm not going to freak out if he is cast as Jon, but that's clearly not in the comics and sorta hurts the character a little. Only ur last sentence is really even an opinion, and one a lot of ppl agree with.
Y would u get crucified for that? It's almost not even an opinion, the first part, but fact. It'd be like casting the rock as Bruce Banner. I'm not going to freak out if he is cast as Jon, but that's clearly not in the comics and sorta hurts the character a little. Only ur last sentence is really even an opinion, and one a lot of ppl agree with.
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6:41PM on 03/25/2014
The Rock, playing a character with complexities. Riiiiight.
The Rock, playing a character with complexities. Riiiiight.
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9:12PM on 03/25/2014
Go watch SNITCH. And then give yourself 30 minutes to get your foot out of your mouth.
Go watch SNITCH. And then give yourself 30 minutes to get your foot out of your mouth.
10:04AM on 03/26/2014
Or Be Cool. Or Pain and Gain, a movie which I absolutely hated, but came away impressed with his acting in that role. He can be a versatile actor given the right material. Problem is, he hasn't been given that opportunity often throughout his career.
Or Be Cool. Or Pain and Gain, a movie which I absolutely hated, but came away impressed with his acting in that role. He can be a versatile actor given the right material. Problem is, he hasn't been given that opportunity often throughout his career.
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5:46PM on 03/25/2014
It seems like a waste to contract a franchise actor like Johnson and put him into a villian role only to be defeated and possibly never used again (that's the overall tendency of comic book movies nowadays). So my guess he will play a hero or at least an anti-hero. Shazam seems to fit him perfectly but I don't know if WB wants a kid in their cinematic Justice League next to a Oscar winner, serious filmmaker Ben Affleck. That wouldn't really fit the tone of their Cinematic Universe.

So my
It seems like a waste to contract a franchise actor like Johnson and put him into a villian role only to be defeated and possibly never used again (that's the overall tendency of comic book movies nowadays). So my guess he will play a hero or at least an anti-hero. Shazam seems to fit him perfectly but I don't know if WB wants a kid in their cinematic Justice League next to a Oscar winner, serious filmmaker Ben Affleck. That wouldn't really fit the tone of their Cinematic Universe.

So my gues would be LoBo or Green Lantern. I hope for LoBo because Dwayne's build fits that character more and Hal Jordan. John Stewart, Guy Gardner or any other GL that he might play really don't need to be physical at all.

I guess Martian Manhunter also isn't entirely out of the question, since he's got even more powers than Superman.
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4:04PM on 03/25/2014
I dont care what role it is, as long as its good. He is a great talent, and needs to be a leading actor in better movies than his record shows.
I dont care what role it is, as long as its good. He is a great talent, and needs to be a leading actor in better movies than his record shows.
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3:43PM on 03/25/2014
Hope it's Lobo.
Hope it's Lobo.
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3:34PM on 03/25/2014

Always thought he'd make a great Black Adam...

but not so much as Shazam (I hate that he can no longer be called Captain Marvel).
For that role you need an actor who looks like Fred MacMurray on steroids!
but not so much as Shazam (I hate that he can no longer be called Captain Marvel).
For that role you need an actor who looks like Fred MacMurray on steroids!
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3:28PM on 03/25/2014
Cool. If he is to fit into the DC of Snyder's Superman it probably wouldn't be Shazam, that would mess up their realistic tone. My guess is he's doing John Stewart which could be a great save of the messed up Green Lantern persona. But it would be pretty amazing if he popped up as Lobo for sure.
Cool. If he is to fit into the DC of Snyder's Superman it probably wouldn't be Shazam, that would mess up their realistic tone. My guess is he's doing John Stewart which could be a great save of the messed up Green Lantern persona. But it would be pretty amazing if he popped up as Lobo for sure.
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3:26PM on 03/25/2014
I hope it's either Shazam, Lobo, Black Adam, or Darkseid. I can't picture him as Green Lantern and I still think DC should continue with Hal Jordan with or without Reynolds (preferably with).
I hope it's either Shazam, Lobo, Black Adam, or Darkseid. I can't picture him as Green Lantern and I still think DC should continue with Hal Jordan with or without Reynolds (preferably with).
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9:05PM on 03/25/2014
Darkseid would be a good fit.
Darkseid would be a good fit.
9:46AM on 03/26/2014
Yeah. He would be perfect for it.
Yeah. He would be perfect for it.
2:53PM on 03/25/2014
My vote is Darkseid... that would be insane!
My vote is Darkseid... that would be insane!
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3:10PM on 03/25/2014
I actually think this would be pretty awesome.
I actually think this would be pretty awesome.
9:07PM on 03/25/2014
I agree. Darkseid would be a perfect fit for him. Just picture The Rock shooting lasers out of his eyes!
I agree. Darkseid would be a perfect fit for him. Just picture The Rock shooting lasers out of his eyes!
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2:37PM on 03/25/2014

Bring it on

I do think he could be great in the right superhero role. John Stewart would be fun, but he kinda shot that down on Twitter today. My thoughts are that he's going towards either Martian Manhunter or Hawkman.
I do think he could be great in the right superhero role. John Stewart would be fun, but he kinda shot that down on Twitter today. My thoughts are that he's going towards either Martian Manhunter or Hawkman.
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4:32PM on 03/25/2014
I think he'd be wasted in either of those roles. Even John Stewart wouldn't be that great for him. Even Darkseid, while badass, would be dull for him.

Johnson has got a natural comedic side that would be perfect for Lobo.
I think he'd be wasted in either of those roles. Even John Stewart wouldn't be that great for him. Even Darkseid, while badass, would be dull for him.

Johnson has got a natural comedic side that would be perfect for Lobo.
4:56PM on 03/25/2014
He would be a great Lobo, but I don't see Lobo as "complex" IMO
He would be a great Lobo, but I don't see Lobo as "complex" IMO
10:00AM on 03/26/2014
I agree. He would be properly wasted as Hawkman, but I feel he would be great as Manhunter.

My thoughts on Lobo are not incredibly high. While I enjoyed his appearances in the cartoons, I have absolutely no interest in a solo Lobo film, no matter who was cast to play him.
I agree. He would be properly wasted as Hawkman, but I feel he would be great as Manhunter.

My thoughts on Lobo are not incredibly high. While I enjoyed his appearances in the cartoons, I have absolutely no interest in a solo Lobo film, no matter who was cast to play him.
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