Jul 21 2014 4:24pm

Dwayne Johnson’s DC Character Is Probably Most Likely Shazam

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Why hasn’t Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—who’s made a name for himself as an intense action star able to run down bad guys and deliver great quips—ever gotten to play around in the DC Cinematic Universe? Simply because they haven’t found the absolute best role for him, it turns out.

But that’s about to change. On the press tour for his current film Hercules, the man formerly known as The Rock not only confirmed that he’s playing a DC Comics character, but he also dropped a lot of obvious hints that give us a pretty good idea who that is.

Kudos to the reporter who asked, because the timing is spot-on: Johnson claimed that DC will be announcing the actual character in the near future. In the meantime, here’s what he teased us with:

“DC and I have been talking for a couple of years now about trying to find whatever the right character is. And it’s tricky, too, because there’s baggage—and it’s good baggage—that I have. I am a certain way—and my wiring is my wiring, my DNA is my DNA—and 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 too, so it’s not the easiest thing, do you know what I’m saying?”

If you watch the actual video of the interview, Johnson speaks with such conviction that it doesn’t sound like the usual deflection other actors do when discussing sensitive casting information.

You see him warming to the conversation and unable to resist throwing out some concrete clues:

“There’s a character out there that we’re going to announce very soon, that I’m going to play, and... I’ll just say this: He has the power of Superman. And it’s not Green Lantern, by the way. Believe me—John Stewart—he was a character I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so we’ve gone in a different direction. But this character has the power of Superman; he can throw down... Just say the word. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Fan consensus points to Shazam, who’s Superman-level power is activated by saying the word “shazam.”

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Shazam—or, as he was originally called, Captain Marvel—could draw upon the power of mythological figures including (ironically) Hercules to transform himself into a superhero. There’s been a rumored Shazam movie on DC’s 2016 roster for years despite no one being involved. Could it all be as easy as that?

Craig Sanders
1. CASanders
I'd be on board for this, except I can't stand that they changed his name from Captain Marvel. The wizard is Shazam, dammit!
Mordicai Knode
2. mordicai
Yeah, but will I be able to overlook him being named "Shazam" instead of Captain Marvel? ...maybe. I sure do like Dwayne Johnson.
3. Faustaud
It's most likely Black adam. He'd play the villain/Anti-Hero very well.
4. cbb
I really hope its Black Adam and not Shazam. Not many actors with the right skin-tone and build for Black Adam. Add in the Rock's acting ability, and I'd love to see him play a villain. And, everything he said applies to Black Adam as much as it does Shazam, so finger's crossed. That said, I wouldn't hate him as Shazam, so long as the kid they pick to play Billy Batson has the same skin color.
5. djstau
Johnson had at one point agreed to play black Adam in a new line cinema project that was abandoned.
6. Cybersnark
He'd make an okay Captain Marvel. But he'd make a great Black Adam.

I still wanna see Patrick Warburton as the Big Red Cheese, while he's still young enough for Hollywood.

(Though, the hardest part would be selling Billy Batson's naive optimism in a 21st century raised on cynicism, celebrity culture, and ends-justify-the-means grimdark.)
Sky Thibedeau
7. SkylarkThibedeau
I was thinking he'd make the perfect Black Adam or Lobo. Hard to see him as the Big Red Cheese but my POV is Skewed by 1970's Saturday Morning Kids shows.

Sorry but Parick Warbuton is not captain marvel, he'll always be the Tick.
8. phandaal
You need Shazam first to understand Black Adam. I'd shell out some dough to see The Rock play Captain Marvel.
Edward Phippen
9. Grimwanderer
Please, please, please let this rumor be a dirty lie, born in the very bowels of hell, conceived by the father of all lies himself.

Johnson is too old for the part and is (at best) a mediocre actor. His getting the role would be the worst thing for the character since the New 52 (or whatever it's called) reboot.

I would love to see a good Captain Marvel movie. But a movie with "the rock" would not be that movie. I wouldn't waste my money to see it in a theatre or my time to catch it on Netflix.

In case I'm not being clear: This I do not want.

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