Don’t take it as gospel just yet, but it seems Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has all but confirmed his upcoming DC superhero role is ‘Shazam.’
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Quizzed on the matter in a video interview with Total Film whilst promoting his latest movie 'Hercules', Johnson chose his words very carefully - but then essentially gave the game away with his final sentence:
"Just say the word. That’s all I’m gonna say."
To anyone who knows the character of Shazam, AKA Captain Marvel, this requires no explanation. When ordinary boy Billy Batson says the magic word ‘Shazam,’ he transforms into the mighty, musclebound, cape-clad Captain Marvel.
We’re going to go out on a limb and assume Johnson hasn’t been cast as Batson…
Okay, so we probably shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves here, but Johnson’s earlier remarks in the interview do narrow down the list of potentials somewhat.
"There’s a character out there that we’re gonna announce very soon that I’m gonna play. And I’ll just say this: the power of Superman."
Perhaps most importantly, Johnson rules out one oft-cited potential role:
"It’s not Green Lantern, by the way. And believe me, John Stewart - he was a character who I wanted to play. But there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we’ve gone in a different direction."
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Johnson had been teasing fans with hints over a future DC role since New Year’s Eve 2013, when he posted an image of himself in a Batman T-shirt on Twitter, along with the promise that year ahead would see him and the comic label turned studio “partner up and create the cool bad assery.”
We had first suggested that ‘Shazam’ might be Johnson’s secret role in June, when the title popped up on a leaked list of alleged future DC movies.
If “just say the word” doesn’t confirm it, we can bet that a more official announcement from DC isn’t far off - particularly with San Diego Comic Con underway…
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