LOL, typecast as Egpytian warrior king? Still, the man does know how to play arrogant...Rounding out whats been a week loaded with movie news (both good and bad) of DC Comics properties, it seems that theres now a serious Well, duh moment. Dwayne The Rock Johnson has confirmed to multiple sources, including MTVs Movie Blog, that hell be playing Black Adam in the upcoming movie adaptation of Shazam, to be directed by Pete Segal. (Click on the link above for a video interview with Johnson)
To be fair, Johnson hasnt signed anything yet, but MTV reported that the character of was being changed to meet his strengths as an actor, according to Johnson, who was set to meet with Segal last evening to discuss the role. Also to be fair, it could be argued that Johnson already played this role in 2002s The Scorpion King, a sequel to Stephen Sommers two Mummy movies, where he played a Conan-esque Egyptian warrior king.
In March, John August was announced as the screenwriter on the project. According to reports, August sat down with DC comics writer Geoff Johns to make sure the vision of Captain Marvel Billy Batson, Black Adam and the wizard Shazam are consistent with what fans love about the character and his world.
No production start date for the film has been announced (and most likely won't be announced until the Writer's strike is over), neither has an actor playing Captain Marvel, though with Johnson as Black Adam, that role has become that much harder to fill, given the fact that Johnson is a rising star in his own right, and could easily overshadow any Captain Marvel actor in the eyes of the media. But of course, this is Hollywood, where red herring is the catch of the day, and it's also 2007 (or 2009+ when the film comes out)...who says Captain Marvel has to be lily white?
Let the speculation begin.