If The Rock has anything to say about it, he's got a pick for who he wants to go up against his Black Adam.
We're still a ways off from seeing either the standalone Black Adam film or the Shazam movie (both of which will lead to a theoretical on-screen clash between the latter and his most infamous foe), but the man already signed to play Black Adam, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has spent some time thinking about who he'd like to see play the red-and-gold-suited hero (who is also known as Captain Marvel, but that's likely to be ditched to avoid confusion with the Marvel heroine of the same moniker).
Speaking with We Got This Covered, Johnson revealed -- somewhat cagily -- his pick to play Shazam:
“I’m gonna throw one name out here and I wanna see how the fans are gonna react to this. A guy who I met, and after I met him I was like, ‘Man that guy’s such a cool guy, he’s a lot bigger than I thought he would be.’ And when I walked away I remember telling our producer who I’ve worked with for a long time, Hiram Garcia...we both looked at each other and were like, ‘Possibly Shazam?’ I’m not even gonna tell you his name, I’m just gonna say Lone Ranger.”
He doesn't even say the name, but he's clearly referring to Armie Hammer, seen most recently in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the indie crime film Free Fire. Hammer's name has long been associated with the DC Universe; he was actually cast as Batman in George Miller's abandoned 2008 film Justice League: Mortal, and more recently he has been linked to a reboot of Green Lantern (presumably as Hal Jordan).
Hammer is a very solid actor (his work in the upcoming drama Call Me by Your Name is being touted as Oscar material), not to mention a tall, fairly strapping guy, and he's got the kind of looks that could easily land him a superhero role (again). It just seems like it's a matter of time before one does come his way, which Johnson seems to think as well when it comes to Shazam:
“You could see that right? I don’t know if he’s interested, and by the way, the studio doesn’t even know that we’ve been having these conversations. I just remember meeting him and walking away going, ‘Man that guy would look great I bet as Shazam’...and by the way he’s one of a handful [of names].”
For sure, as Johnson notes, this is all just speculation on his part. But Dwayne Johnson carries a lot of weight these days with the studios, so I would bet that Warner Bros. and DC are more than happy to hear his suggestions for his nemesis. As for Hammer himself, if The Rock wants to go a few rounds with you, do you refuse the call?
Black Adam and Shazam will both be released ... at some point.