Dwayne Johnson to Play Black Adam in New Line’s ‘Shazam,’ Darren Lemke To Script (EXCLUSIVE)

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Though Dwayne Johnson hasn’t been shy about teasing his potential involvement in New Line Cinema’s “Shazam” movie, the superhero comicbook pic now looks closer to achieving lift-off.

Sources tell Variety that Darren Lemke is set to write the script with Johnson attached to star. Johnson will play Black Adam, who in recent issues of the DC comicbook, is more of an anti-hero trying to clear his name than a villain.

Johnson and Hiram Garcia are also producing.

“We Love Dwayne and have had nothing but success with him over the years,” said Toby Emmerich, President and COO of New Line. “When I look at Dwayne both off screen and on screen, he is such a larger than life character and it just made perfect sense to me that we put him in a DC comic movie. You look at these comic book characters and they have this certain swag and charisma that Dwayne carries with him where ever he is so that’s why this always made sense.”

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Johnson confirmed the casting this morning by tweeting out which character he would be playing in the film.

Johnson has been teasing the idea of playing Shazam or Black Adam for sometime now on his social media sites, and some thought Warners might introduce him as Shazam at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. During the promotion for “Hercules,” it still wasn’t clear which character he would play.

Fans of the comics and Johnson have been waiting for this for sometime and following the reactions on twitter it looks like this is a perfect match for DC comics and Johnson’s career. It also gives Johnson a chance to play more of the anti-hero/villain instead of the straight up action hero his fans know him for.

Shazam, aka Captain Marvel, has an alter ego Billy Batson, who can transform into superhero form by saying the words “Shazam,” and then develops the powers of six mythological gods.

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In the last decade, Shazam has regularly appeared in “Justice League of America” comics as well as Frank Miller’s “Batman” comics.

No production date has been set, as Lemke has just been brought on to write. But once a script is delivered, DC is likely to move fast to get the film quickly up and running .

Lemke most recently penned the “Goosebumps” script for Sony; his past credits include DreamWorks Animation’s “Turbo” and “Jack the Giant Slayer.” He is repped by UTA.

The comicbook pic could grow into a series of films for Johnson, who is continuing to add more franchises to his resume.

He already has “The Fast and Furious” and “G.I. Joe” films keeping him busy with “Fast and Furious 7″ bowing next April and “G.I. Joe 3″ in 2016.

Johnson is filming the disaster pic “San Andreas” for New Line and recently completed production on “Ballers,” which HBO has picked up to series. He is repped by WME and the Garcia Cos.

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  1. pdflibre.com says:

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    The Rock has diehard fans. Unfortunately they don’t buy movie tickets (Hercules, Snitch, Faster), and it’s specious to call it a successful career when the biggest grossers have come from jumping on already-speeding bandwagons (Fast & Furious, G.I. Joe).

  3. dj says:

    Just how many bombs does a writer need before people realize they should not hand a major motion picture to him?

    the writer of such block busters as Turbo and jack the giant slayer? That alone is enough to make me do a 360 and moonwalk away.

    • Alex says:

      Love the Gary Frank artwork there.

      I don’t want to say anything negative like I don’t think it will work or The Rock seems insincere in his roles. So, I won’t. By the way, Guardians of the Galaxy was great. Hey, there was a wrestler in that one. He wasn’t bad. :)

  4. Lubangu says:

    Someone who is known to be friendly playing as someone who is comparable to Satan in his own way… Hm, perhaps we can see a different side to Mr. Johnson?

    • Derrick says:

      It is the first side I saw of him, as the Scorpion King antagonist in the Mummy.

      • Eric Ashley says:

        I think CS Lewis would say that its easier to do more evil than you are, just unleash what it holding you back. Its far harder to create a character who is better than you.

        Elizabeth, not everyone can be Tom Cruise. The Rock has done all right, not stellar, but decent.

        I look forward to this movie, and yes Guardians was pretty sweet.

  5. Derrick says:

    When has Shazam ever appeared in Frank Miller’s Batman? Makes me wary of accuracy of other parts of the news story.

  6. DSykes says:

    Glad to see they’ve finally decided to make this official publicly. Now to find out who’ll play Shazam and kick his butt! ;)

  7. West Born East Bred says:

    Honestly some of the best news. He fits the role amazingly well and for years has been putting out there that this is something that he wants to do. Congrats to Dwayne and his team. I know he will do great. Finally a DC movie we can watch


  8. Rosineide says:

    Sou completamente apaixonada por ele adoro os filmes dele e porque ele é muito gato.

  9. Thanos X says:

    FINALLY ** I have waited an eternity to see him yell “SHAZAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!”

  10. Terence L says:

    MCU characters for him to portray are limited, but he would have made a gread Luke Cage. As for DC, I have always sen him as perfect for Black Adam or John Stewart.

  11. Steve says:

    He hasn’t been called Captain Marvel for a while now; DC has rebranded him simply as Shazam.

    • Spider says:

      True. The name I’ve been reading a lot about associated with Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, the Marvel Comics character thst may or may not appear in, ” Avengers:Age of Ultron”!

  12. John Daker says:


    This was obvious by the way:
    -He said his favourite character is Black Adam.
    -He was cast as him in the previous Shazam production.
    -He said he’s playing a complex character with the power of Superman but “much more vicious”

    But I’m very excited.

  13. Colin says:

    I was hoping he would be Green Lantern John Stewart. Oh well, at least DC got him before Marvel did.

  14. Living the Geek Life says:

    Reblogged this on Living the Geek Life and commented:
    I always thought he was a better fit for Black Adam than the Big Red Cheese. Thumbs up!

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