Dwayne Johnson's Shazam Villain Is Getting His Own DC Solo Film

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DC’s proposed Shazam movie doesn’t have a director, star, or even a finished script. What it does have is a villain, Black Adam, played by Dwayne Johnson, and that means he’s getting his own movie.


Deadline reports, and io9 confirmed, that the idea for Shazam has now been split in two. First, Johnson will play Black Adam in a solo movie. Then there would be a Shazam movie, without Black Adam—and then, maybe, a third having the two face off.

Johnson has been attached to the role of Black Adam for several years. And in that time, he’s gone from big star to one of the biggest stars in the world. That means New Line and Warner Bros. didn’t want to just make him second fiddle in a movie. They decided Black Adam’s anti-hero backstory, starring Johnson, was enough for its own movie. The Shazam film will remain in development.

This is a pretty major shakeup from that previously announced list of DC Films, but that’s a good thing. The more adaptable the studio and filmmakers can be, the better the movies will be. At least we hope.

The next DC Film to hit theaters will be June’s Wonder Woman. After that is November’s Justice League. And James Wan is also about to go into production on Aquaman.


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Who really wants this?

Shazam/Captain Marvel is a relatively obscure comic hero from the 1940s who was published by a long defunct comic publisher. I had never heard of him until he was featured in the recent DC Animated Films and Young Justice and I’m more informed about comics than the average Joe.

I had never heard anything about Black Adam until they announced that Dwayne Johnson would be playing him.

What I really don’t understand is why isn’t Dwayne Johnson just playing Captain Marvel/Shazam? The premise of a light hearted family comedy where a 10 year old kid can magically turn into a massive superhero sounds perfect for the Rock. It’s every 10 year olds fantasy to magically turn into a hulking behemoth like the Rock.

Why waste him by playing an obscure villain with a complicated backstory and then they to shoehorn a solo movie about that obscure Villain?

This is reason 13,765 of why DC have no idea what the heck they are doing