Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson on playing Black Adam, crossing over with Justice League

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Jul 24, 2018, 11:19 AM EDT (Updated)

One of the most interesting DC projects on the development slate is Shazam, which will see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a starring role as Black Adam. Now the actor has opened up about what we can expect.

Johnson spoke with Total Film about how he sees Black Adam eventually growing into an “antihero,” and he seems to have a lot of passion for the character. It’s an outside-the-box character for DC to focus on, especially with an A-lister like Johnson, but that clout might also help bring this lesser-known player a much bigger audience. So, nice move.

Johnson also touched on the elephant in the room in regard to whether the Shazam film would actually be set in the same continuity as Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League. He seemed to all but confirm that will be the case, noting he’ll eventually get to “go at it” with Supes and all the other DC heavyweights:

“I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero. It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.

It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humor.”

The Shazam film is currently being scripted by Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) and is slated to open April 5, 2019. Do you like what Johnson is cooking up with his DC property?

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