The DCEU appears to be going ahead with a number of bold ventures despite their many stumbles. The upcoming slate of pictures in 2017 alone feels like make or break territory when it comes to the critical and fan reaction. But the box office gold delivered by the likes of Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gives Warner Brothers an out.
If there is any figure out there in Hollywood who can fit like a glove into an established franchise however, it is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Coming onboard the series in the role of Black Adam, The Fate of the Furious star opened up about his motivation for the role and who he would love for his nemesis Shazam! while out promoting the rebooted comedy Baywatch.
Rock: Black Adam Is A Bad Guy With A Cause
Even in the ring, it is difficult to fathom Johnson as anything other than a hero. Taking on a character with a dark and tragic backstory, the actor believes there is more to him than just a destroyer. Linked with the movie since 2008, this has been a long time coming and The Rock was never going to relinquish the part.
"I love the idea that - the backstory as he starts off is a slave," Johnson explained. "I feel like when somebody is oppressed that way but has a bigger ambition and has a greater belief than the oppression that is holding him down, that is a powerful place to be. Family getting killed, coming back from that. So there are a lot of elements about Black Adam that have attracted me for a very very very long time.
So I'm excited about it man. You know Black Adam has been going on for about 10 years I think... It's been in our zone. The great meetings we've been having, with Geoff Johns from DC, Warner Brothers, New Line - because New Line is involved. It is a really good time right now and I'm really really excited."
Dwayne Wants Armie To Suit Up and Report for Duty
Enjoying a one-on-one interview with We Got This Covered, the 45-year old was quizzed about the feature that would line up properly with the DCEU. As his own standalone installment is a spinoff, who did he have in mind for Shazam!?
"For example, I'm going to throw one name out here, and I want to see how the fans will are gonna react to this," he pondered. "A guy who I'd met, and after I met him I went 'Wow! That guy is such a cool guy! He is a lot bigger than I thought he would be' And when I walked away, I remember telling our producer, who I have worked with for a long time Hiram Garcia, we both looked at each other and were like 'Possibly Shazam?!' and we went 'Yes!' I'm not even going to say his name, I'm just going to say Lone Ranger. Right? You can see that, right?
I don't know if he's interested. If not, by the way (laughs) - studio doesn't even know we've had these conversations by the way. But I just remember meeting him and going 'Man that guy would look great I bet as Shazam.' But he is one of a handful."
Unless Johnson was referring to Johnny Depp, prepare for Armie Hammer in the DC world.
Source: We Got This Covered