The Rock to Bring Black Adam to the Screen

After weeks of teasing on social media, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson revealed to the world today that he would be playing Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam movie! And much like he did with the death of Osama bin Laden, The Rock announced the casting on Twitter.

Bin Laden didn’t stand a chance

No word yet on when the movie will actually reach the silver screen. And quite frankly, does anybody else remember how the Rock was rumored to play Black Adam several years ago? I can’t just be imagining that.

I guess with the new, enhanced superhero movie schedule, DC and Warner Bros finally had Rock sign on the dotted line.

And honestly, the Rock is the perfect choice to play Black Adam! Not to mention the fact that DC’s growing movieverse could use his charm and personality.

For those who don’t know, Black Adam is the arch-nemesis of the superhero Shazam. I don’t know how well known Shazam is to the rest of the world. Shazam is really 10-year-old Billy Batson, granted the power of the gods from an ancient mystic. Whenever Billy shouts the magic word – “Shazam!” – a magic lightning bolt turns him into the Big Red Cheese.

It makes sense in context

Shazam has been around for decades, and was once known as Captain Marvel. He’s basically a Superman rip-off who got pretty popular in his own right.

Black Adam is one of his many colorful enemies. Black Adam gets his own powers from the same ancient mystic, so he and Shazam are kind of two sides of the same coin.

And, again, the Rock is perfect for the role – should the movie ever actually get made.


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on September 3, 2014, in DC, Movies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I agree, he’s perfect for the role! Now I’m curious to see who they choose to play Shazam/Billy Batson.

  2. Perfect casting, I feel like the Rock can not only bring Black Adam’s stern and angry personality to life but also his love of his country and need to protect it. He could really give the character some depth and not just make him some bland villain for Shazam to punch around for 2 hours.

    My biggest worry however is that because DC is going with this very serious tone for their movies, will they decide to leave out the fact that Shazam is just the child Billy Batson. I really hope not but I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar to TMNT being aliens happened. Where they say one thing, everyone gets mad, then they change it.

    • Actually, I didn’t post any of it, but a lot of sites had some interviews with execs at New Line Cinema about the Shazam movie, and they said it would be a fun film. I don’t know why New Line and not Warner Bros. would be making the Shazam movie, I didn’t dig that deep. But the execs seemed confident that they were going to make a lighthearted movie.

      And I definitely agree that the Rock could give Black Adam so much depth. Heck, if they’re not careful, the Rock will unintentionally turn the film into a Black Adam movie. Who could they get to carry the movie alongside the Rock?

      • Thank the lord, a dark gritty Shazam movie would be all kinds of weird, you just couldn’t take that too seriously, if it was a black Adam movie you could, but.not a Shazam movie.

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