After announcing plans to make a “Shazam” movie with Dwayne Johnson attached to play the antagonist Black Adam, New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment have now decided to expand the property with a second film.
New Line first announced the project in the fall of 2014 with Johnson on board to star and Darren Lemke set to pen the script. After a successful meeting with Johnson, the studio has decided to add a spinoff film to the universe that will focus on Johnson’s character.
The DC comics character Shazam, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is the alter ego of a boy named Billy Batson. Batson can transform into a superhero by saying the word “Shazam.” Black Adam is Shazam’s arch nemesis — a character that Johnson has been eyeing for quite some time.
New Line has not yet named a writer or director for the spinoff.
Johnson is currently filming Season 3 of the HBO series “Ballers” and plans to shoot the New Line action pic “Rampage” next. His action comedy “Baywatch,” opposite Zac Efron, bows Memorial Day Weekend, and the “Jumanji” sequel, co-starring Kevin Hart, his theaters this December.
He is repped by WME. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.